The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Careers for Public Policy Majors

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How will you change the world? 

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After graduation, our students will go out and make a difference, working in government and nonprofits in the U.S. and abroad. They may also choose to create or work for a social enterprise, a business that seeks both to benefit the environment and society while also making money (much of which is used to fund programs that benefit society). Some of our students will choose to pursue a graduate or doctoral degree in law, public policy and management, medicine, business, and more.

Here are some examples of jobs that our alumni might pursue:

  • Program coordinator/aide for a town, state, or Congress
  • Law school to become a lawyer with the government or an advocacy organization
  • Program coordinator for a nonprofit/NGO in the U.S. or abroad
  • Research associate for a consulting firm or think tank
  • Entrepreneur with a business focused on improving society
  • Teacher with Teach for America
  • Communications manager for a nonprofit or government agency
  • Sustainability/legislative aide in business, nonprofit, or government

Here are the kinds of places our graduates will work:

  • Library of Congress
  • City of Boston
  • Partners in Health
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency
  • The World Bank
  • Booz, Allen, Hamilton
  • Oxfam
  • United Way
  • State of Massachusetts

Check out our internship spotlights to see what others have done even before leaving UMass Amherst.

Public Policy students have ample support as they explore their career pathways.