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. 

Nick Russo outside the US Capitol with a bicycle

“My work is informed by a duty to create a better and more just world through equitable access to resources—a theme that was present in much of my coursework at SPP.”

Nick Russo

Marketing and Communications Director, Pedal Movement

Master of Public Policy 2013

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