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 2013: Town of Chapel Hill - Manager's Office, NC General Assembly - Fiscal Research Division, Wake County - Parks, Recreation & Open Space, Orange County - Public Affairs, City of Rocky Mount - Manager's Office, NC Department of Public Instruction - Financial & Business Services, Catawba County - Manager's Office, NC Association of County Commissioners, SAS - Emergency Management, Town of Carrboro - Manager's Office, UNC-CH - Carolina Women's Center, K & L Gates - Health Care Practice, Durham County - Manager's Office, Public School Forum of NC, Wake County - Libraries, UNC-CH - Odum Institute, West Virginia Department of Health & Human Services, North Carolina's Southeast, Orange County - Environment, Agriculture, Parks & Recreation, Boston, MA Public Schools System, and Person County - Manager's Office.


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


Every week, Career Services emails second-year students (and interested alumni) the latest 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