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 on-campus 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 2016: City of Rocky Mount - Manager's Office, Economic Development Partnerhip of NC, Town of Chapel Hill - Manager's Office, New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, Wake County - Community Services, NC DPI - Financial & Business Services, Durham County - Manager's Office, Catawba County/City of Claremont - Manager's Offices, Public School Forum of NC, Person County - Manager's Office, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Partnership for a Sustainable Community, Orange County - DSS, US GAO (Washington, DC and Norfolk, VA), NC General Assembly - Program Evaluation Division, Town of Zebulon - Manager's Office, City of Winston-Salem - Finance Department,Town of Carrboro - Manager's Office, Wake County - Budget Office, Town of Pine Knoll Shores - Manager's Office, Town of Hillsborough - Town Clerk/Human Resources Office, Orange County - Housing, Human Rights, and Community Development.


After completing five of their eight core courses, online students complete their professional work experience. This may be done at any time during the academic year. Students are working with the following organizations during the 2015 - 2016 academic year: City of Durham, NC - Department of Public Works, Feast Down East - Wilmington, NC, US Department of Veterans Affairs - Washington, DC, Boy Scouts Cape Fear, City of Claremont, CA, Sustain Charlotte - Charlotte, NC, B Co. 1st MISB(A) US Army, Pacific Wild Alliance - BC Canada, Emily K Center - Durham, NC, Baltimore City Council - City of Baltimore, MD, Disability Rights North Carolina - Raleigh, NC, Erskine Theological Seminary - Charlotte, NC, 24th Press Camp Headquarters - Fort Bliss, TX, Madison County, NC Government, Onslow County Partnership for Children - Jacksonville, NC, AVODAH The Jewish Service Corps - Washington, DC, Ben Haven Charter Academy - Panama City, FL, Clery Center for Security on Campus - Wayne, PA, UNC Asheville Budget Office, and Shoebox Ministry - Scottsdale AZ.


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


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


Click here for full details about the MPA Alumni Mentor Program.