The Master of Public Affairs program provides a dedicated career specialist in the areas of public affairs to coach our students through this professional program. Our director offers an array of services, workshops and resources tailored to each of the students.
Alumni and practitioners I met at Brown advised that so-called “soft skills” are essential and underrated. I had some of these skills going into the MPA, but the exercises we completed in class sharpened and honed them, giving me the confidence to take on any project — even in a time of global crisis. —Alex Barba MPA ’18
Our careers director conducts a career assessment and development path tailored to each student, including:
The Brown MPA Program offers assistance in researching career options and a robust placement support program. Additional resources available to MPA students include:
Our students emerge from the program with the skills and knowledge to solve real-world policy challenges as policy analysts, researchers, and communications professionals in organizations involved in making, analyzing, or implementing public policy — from government and nonprofit organizations to consulting and private sector companies.
Our careers director manages the Policy-In-Action Consultancy program, creating connections and setting up possible placement sites for our students. As part of developing your career plan while at Brown, all MPA students meet with the career specialist to discuss consultancy opportunities and goals.