Career Planning

Do not wait until the semester before you graduate to think about your career after graduate school. It might be too early to apply for positions but it is never too early to gather career advice, explore options, make connections, and develop the skills and experiences you need for your desired career. You are encouraged to consult with your academic advisor or other members of the faculty who may have experiences and information relevant to your career goals. In addition, listed below are a number of links to web sites with career planning and job information.

Northeastern’s Career
The following are some of the many services offered to graduate student through our Career Services Office:

    • Interviewing Workshops
    • Curriculum Vitae and Resume writing advice
    • An Internship Database (accessible through your MyNEU account)
    • Internship and Career Fairs
    • Forums and recruiting events related to careers in Government
    • Numerous workshops and small-group career advising sessions (Click here for the Calendar!)

Internships, Jobs and Fellowships
We post any specific internships, jobs or fellowships that might be of interest to MPA students on the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs website.


If you are looking for positions in the academic market it is especially important that you work closely with your advisor and other faculty with whom you’ve worked. They can help you in preparing your Curriculum Vitae, recommend positions and networking opportunities, help you in publishing, and provide other invaluable feedback and advice.

After these conversations, you might also consider utilizing the Department to create a placement file for confidential letters of recommendation. However, there may be cases when a more content specific letter of recommendation is more appropriate for a particular position.

In searching for academic positions probably the most valuable websites will be the professional organizations listed above. However, there are some more general sites with search functions for openings in academia.


American Society for Public
Public Service Careers is the only comprehensive nationwide job search and career site for those wanting to work in the “new” public sector of: Government, Nonprofits/NGOs, International, Consulting and Education. You can set up personal job alerts, an RSS feed for auto job updates and search for jobs in several different ways.

Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and
Provides advice on finding work in the public sector and links to a wide array of federal, state, local, international, and nonprofit web sites.


U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
Most federal executive agencies must list positions through OPM, so this is the first source for federal government jobs across the nation. Through this site, you can search by location (e.g., state), category (clerical/professional/technical/executive) or job type (e.g., accounting, engineering). The OPM also provides links to other relevant job sources at
This site is geared toward students and includes some basic information on the federal hiring process as well as a search function for internships and full-time positions. The site is especially useful to gain some information on the unique qualities of applying for a federal job and how best to prepare.

U.S. Agency for International
This is a great resource for jobs nationally and internationally but you must be willing to travel. The current focus is on gender issues, business development, health and education. There are also some great short-term opportunities’ through contracts, volunteer work, internships, etc.

U.S. State
This is the resource for foreign service jobs. You must be willing to move anywhere and in almost all cases you must be willing to take the foreign service exam. There are opportunities for anyone with a background in all areas of political science

Presidential Fellows Program
“The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program was established by Executive Order in 1977 to attract to the Federal service outstanding men and women from a variety of academic disciplines and career paths who have a clear interest in, and commitment to, excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs. By drawing graduate students from diverse social and cultural backgrounds, the PMF Program provides a continuing source of trained men and women to meet the future challenges of public service.”

Most jobs on this site are at the state, county, and local levels. Jobs can be listed by various categories, including: administration and management, code enforcement, or community and economic development.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Resource for state jobs within Massachusetts. Some positions currently offered are for those with a background in Political Science or Public Administration.

State of
This site includes links to both state government opportunities as well as other sites dealing with employment in the State of Maine.

State of 
This site provides a full list of state jobs to be filled, some of which are appropriate for those with backgrounds in Political Science and Public Administration

State of New
View a list of current state job openings and links to other information about state employment from this site.

State of New
This state website links to information on working for the state government and other opportunities in the state.

State of
This site is busy but you can search for current openings and find information on required tests, etc.

State of Rhode
View current state job openings through this website.

Massachusetts Municipal
This site provides a list of jobs at the municipal level across Massachusetts and updates its list regularly. This is a good resource for finding local government opportunities outside of Boston.

City of
Posts jobs available within the city government. Some residency restrictions may apply.


NU Cause
This is a great on-campus resource for those looking for work in public service. They hold several relevant information sessions and events, as well as links to resources, including a great hand-out of websites of use to those interested in nonprofit management.
A great resource for jobs in the nonprofit field. There are national, international, and local opportunities listed. The site also lists opportunities for volunteer positions, internships, and consulting and is a good resource for those in all fields of political science and public administration.
An excellent source for nonprofit career opportunities in Washington, D.C.
Provides postings for jobs with nonprofit agencies across the nation. Searches can be limited by location and category.
A fairly good resource for jobs within the nonprofit sector
A relatively new site so it is still growing with job listings and networking opportunities, but has useful information on how nonprofits are structures and the types of work you can do in them.

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