The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Professional Development Seminar

Students speaking at a panel on internships


In the School of Public Policy's Professional Development Seminar—or "ProSem"—students receive invaluable guidance on job seeking, networking, and other important skills for new professionals.

This engaging, hands-on course provides students with the information, tools, and support to reflect on their career interests and create and implement a strategic plan to reach their goals.

Students learn how to write resumes and cover letters, research potential careers, practice employment negotiations and public speaking, and put their skills to the test through informational interviews and networking situations. They also have the opportunity to connect with alumni and other professionals and learn about public service career options during networking trips to sites including Washington, Boston, and New York.

The one-credit Professional Development Seminar is required of all graduate students. It includes both core requirements and elective activities that allow students to tailor the course to meet their specific needs, whether they've come to the program with years of work experience or are seeking their first job or internship.