Graduates of Carolina’s MPA program have established successful careers at all levels of government service, with a wide variety of nonprofit organizations, and as private sector consultants. Employers seek out UNC-Chapel Hill MPA students because of their expertise in management, policy, and analysis.

Career Services provides multiple opportunities throughout the year for students to meet employers and get to know our extensive network of active alumni.


Each summer, first-year residential students spend 10 weeks working with an organization related to their area of interest. Students will be working with the following organizations during the summer of 2014: Town of Hillsborough - Manager's Office, Town of Chapel Hill - Manager's Office, National Archives & Records Administration, City of Charlotte - Budget Office, UNC Chapel Hill - Graduate School, Wake County - Parks, Recreation & Open Space, UNC Chapel Hill - School of Government Development Office, Cities of Concord & Kannapolis Managers' Offices, NC Department of Public Instruction - Financial & Business Services, Catawba County - Manager's Office, FBI - Charlotte, NC Division, UNC Chapel Hill - Environmental Finance Center, Wake County - Sheriff's Department, US Department of Commerce - National Telecommunications & Information Administration, Town of Nags Head - Manager's Office, NC General Assembly - Speaker Pro Tempore's Office, Town of Carrboro - Manager's Office, Self Help, Durham County - Manager's Office, Community Action Opportunities, Person County - Manager's Office, Orange County - DSS, and UNC General Administration.


The MPA program hosts a job fair for current students every February. Recruiters conduct individual interviews with first-year students seeking fulltime, summer professional work opportunities and, if they have permanent positions available, with second-year students beginning their job search.


Career Services emails students (beginning their final semester) and interested alumni weekly job postings.


At the beginning of the first year, students may volunteer to be connected with an alumnus. Students are matched with alumni according to their interests and introduced at the annual alumni picnic or the annual Conference on Public Administration.

"It gave me a chance to explore career opportunities and bounce ideas off someone with real experience. In addition, my mentor introduced me to many people in county government, whom I would never have met without her."

--Megan Wright, MPA '07