Career Development

Finding your career path takes reflection, strategy, and mentorship from seasoned professionals. UConn’s Department of Public Policy offers you these resources to plan for your career and succeed professionally.


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Paid Internships

An internship is an integral component of our graduate degree programs. Internships not only provide students with the opportunity to apply the theory and knowledge learned in the classroom to real-world work experiences; they also allow students to try occupations they may be interested in pursuing.

The Department places all of its full-time graduate students in the Master of Public Administration and Master of Public Policy programs in paid internships. For some students, their internships lead to full-time positions after graduation.

Learn more on our Internship page.

Alumni Mentoring and Résumés Reviews

Our Department’s more than 1,000 alumni are leaders in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors across Connecticut, the nation, and the globe. You will work with our deeply devoted alumni to mold your career path, from one-on-one mentoring to regular student/alumni networking and career development seminars.

Alumni Mentoring Network
Mentoring provides students with professional guidance during graduate school and helps them prepare for their future careers. All entering master’s degree students are paired with a DPP alumni mentor.
Learn more about our Alumni Mentoring Network.

Resume Reviews
The Alumni Council is happy to provide an on-going résumés review for UConn DPP students. For more information, please email UConn Human Resources Specialist Rebecca C. Myshrall '00 MPA. Students should expect a return time of about two weeks for all submitted resumes.

Professional Development Series

Our education provides you with the skills you need to succeed. But we also prepare you to land in the right job that launches your career. Produced in a continuous joint effort with our alumni, faculty, and staff, our Professional Development Series is specifically designed for students who are moving into the public, nonprofit, and corporate sectors. The Program is designed to offer you knowledge and strategies for successful interviewing, resume preparation, and job searches.

Student Organizations

The Department of Public Policy offers several clubs and organizations that provide students with professional development, networking, and community-building opportunities. Learn more about our student organizations.

Job Opportunities

The Department receives constant appeals for our students and graduates to apply for jobs both locally and nationally. Students can receive notifications for these job postings through the following options:

DPP Careers Listserv

A listserv has been created for sharing job opportunities with anyone who is interested in joining: To join, please follow the steps below:

  • Create a new e-mail to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.UCONN.EDU
  • Leave the subject blank
  • Enter in the body of the e-mail this command, filled in with the respective information:
  • To subscribe: SUB DPP_CAREERS-L Firstname Lastname
    To unsubscribe from a list: UNSUB DPP_CAREERS-L
    To turn on the Digest feature: SET DPP_CAREERS-L DIGEST
    To turn off the Digest feature: SET DPP_CAREERS-L MAIL

DPP on Linkedin

For students and alumni, we will post job opportunities in the University of Connecticut Department of Public Policy Linkedin group. Please request to join our private group.

Center for Career Development

UConn's Center for Career Development partners with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to prepare students for success in today’s workforce. The Center offers:

  • One-on-one coaching sessions for help with résumés, interviewing, jobs and internships, graduate school applications, and more
  • Online tools for connecting with alumni mentors as well as companies looking to recruit UConn students
  • In-person and virtual events that help students explore their career options and prepare for professional success

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