Career Management

In addition to the variety of resources available to MPA@UNC students, the School of Government is pleased to offer students a range of personalized career coaching services. Whether students are looking to advance within their current role or make a switch to another employer, sector, or functional area, Career Services at MPA@UNC offers the tools and resources to help facilitate career success.

Career Consultation

MPA@UNC students have access to one-on-one meetings with a dedicated career consultant. If they are engaging in a career transition or comprehensive job search, researching options for the Professional Work Experience Practicum, or simply want to prepare for an upcoming performance review, MPA@UNC is happy to assist students through personalized career coaching appointments. Services include assistance with writing a resume and cover letters, honing interviewing and networking skills, developing a strategy for a job search, negotiating a job offer, and more.

Appointments are generally scheduled in one-hour blocks between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.; however, early morning, evening, and weekend appointments are available upon request to accommodate the varied schedules of MPA@UNC students.

Career Management News and Information

To help online MPA students stay connected to the career information and resources available, career management updates from the School of Government will be posted in the virtual Career Services Office.

Career and Networking Events

The School of Government hosts and sponsors a variety of career, alumni, and professional networking events throughout the academic year, which MPA@UNC students are invited to attend. These events focus on:

  • Managing career transitions
  • Developing a professional brand
  • Creating a career marketing plan
  • Effectively using online resources
  • Developing a successful job search strategy

Take the Next Step

Start exploring the rewarding public service roles that our online MPA students can pursue with support from the Career Services team at MPA@UNC: download our career guideExternal link now.

If you have questions or need help completing your application in time for your preferred start date, please contact an admissions counselor at 855-862-4672 or via email at onlinempa@unc.edu.