MPA@UNC Blog


Public Service, Uninterrupted

A new online program at UNC-Chapel Hill is making it possible for more students than ever to learn how to serve their communities, without having to leave them.

Just one year old, MPA@UNC has enrolled 70 students, half of them from North Carolina and half from 15 other states and the District of Columbia. It builds off of similar success from the UNC-Chapel Hill business school’s online program, called MBA@UNC...

Military Appreciation Month: Brent Thompson

May is Military Appreciation Month, and we at MPA@UNC are fortunate to count veterans and active service members among our students. To shine the spotlight on the sacrifices and hard work of these courageous individuals, we interviewed Brent Thompson, who is serving as a judge advocate with the US Army’s Special Operations Task Force-South in Kandahar, Afghanistan...

MPA@UNC Announces Cross-University Course Enrollment

MPA@UNC students now have the opportunity to choose from dozens of new electives as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill joins with other leading universities in a cross-university course enrollment initiative...

Gary Rosche: From Jeopardy Contestant to Public Service

MPA@UNC student Gary Rosche has been a contestant on Jeopardy!, and he has taught English at a university in Spain and Spanish at a college in North Carolina. These experiences make him an interesting and well-rounded person, but it’s his commitment to public service and his desire to serve in a leadership position in local government that brought him to MPA@UNC...

4 Resume Tips for Transitioning Military Service Members

Many of the skills acquired during a military career become valuable assets when transitioning to government or nonprofit management. However, these skills may not always be obvious to those who are doing the hiring, so it’s important to know how to translate your skill set into the language of civilian recruiters and employers. Building a resume that stands out from the crowd is the first place to start...

An Inside Look at the Role of a Public Sector Consultant

Consulting is one of the fastest growing segments within the public sector. From transportation and technology to education and the environment, public organizations frequently partner with private-sector companies—including major consulting firms—to develop new approaches for tackling some of the world’s toughest social issues...