The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Careers & Internships

At the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy, students graduate uniquely prepared for the professional opportunities ahead of them, in government, the nonprofit world, NGOs, or the private sector. 

headshot of Amy Zucchero

“There has never been a more important time to invest in young women who are passionate about bettering their communities, are fed up with the status quo, and are harnessing their political power. I’m privileged to be a part of this movement.”

Amy Zucchero

Chief of Resource Development and Communications at IGNITE

Master of Public Administration 2003

Our curriculum balances academic theory with professional skills development and practical experience, preparing our students go on to become leaders in public service. The program includes:

  • Professional Development Opportunities: Including networking trips to Washington, Boston, New York, and across western Massachusetts; a professional development seminar; and career services support
  • Internships: A key component of the School of Public Policy's program, allowing students to pursue their individual interests in depth while gaining invaluable professional experience
  • Career and Internship Resources: SPP's professional network and biweekly Job Bulletin connect students and alumni with the latest opportunities