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 Allie Haber

“Public policy is a tool to help us understand our society. Don’t just take what you learn at face value—let it teach you how to combat racism, sexism, xenophobia, and transphobia and advocate for those around you.”

Allie Haber

Housing Matcher at Safe Place for Youth

Master of Public Policy 2017

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