Careers

Mar 1, 2017
Emily Aronson, Office of Communications
The recipients of Princeton's top alumni awards underscored solutions for the political and technological challenges of today and the future at the University's annual Alumni Day on Saturday, Feb. 25. Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, president of Peru, spoke of a new age in Latin America, while Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google parent company Alphabet Inc., was positive about the power of technology to solve societal problems. Their speeches in...
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Feb 23, 2017
U.S. Army Major Michael Kelvington MPA ’17
MPA candidate and U.S. Army Infantry Officer Mike Kelvington penned an op-ed for Havok Journal on how politicians, the media and Hollywood distort the facts about veterans and PTSD, and his own journey of post-traumatic growth. Full story here.
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Feb 6, 2017
Sarah M. Binder
Ten students at Princeton University have been selected to the 2017 cohort of the Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative (SINSI). Established in 2006, SINSI is designed to encourage, support and prepare the nation’s top students to pursue careers in the U.S. federal government, in both international and domestic agencies. Through rigorous academic training integrated with work experience, the goal of the highly competitive scholarship...
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Jan 13, 2017
Sarah M. Binder
Meg Wirth has focused on women’s health policy since 1998, when she graduated from the Woodrow Wilson School with a Master in Public Affairs degree. Using the grounding the Wilson School provided her in demography and health policy, she gained experience through initiatives funded by epicenters of policy. Wirth has monitored and evaluated a USAID-funded Safe Motherhood initiative in Indonesia and co-authored the United Nation’s Millennium...
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Sep 21, 2016
Mel Policicchio, Woodrow Wilson School
In 2005, Maribel Hernández Rivera MPA ’10 was a first-year master’s student at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and spent much of her time outside the classroom organizing rallies and encouraging her peers to advocate for immigration reform.   Carrying this passion and dedication into her professional career, Hernández Rivera became the first executive director of legal initiatives at the New York...
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Sep 8, 2016
Sarah M. Binder
Siddharth (Sid) Chatterjee, MPP ’11 has been appointed United Nations Resident Coordinator in Kenya, where he will help to lead and coordinate 25 UN agencies based in the country. He will also serve as the Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme. Prior to this appointment, Sid served as the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Representative in Kenya. At UNFPA, Sid and his team spearheaded efforts to reduce the...
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Aug 2, 2016
B. Rose Kelly
Barbara Hampton, a seasoned career services professional with a long-standing passion for helping students attain internships and jobs, joins Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs as director of graduate career services and alumni relations on Aug. 15.   “We are thrilled that Barbara will be joining the Woodrow Wilson School,” Dean Cecilia Rouse said. “I am confident that, given her impressive...
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Jul 29, 2016
Elizabeth Martin, MPA '17
As an MPA student at the Woodrow Wilson School, I've been awed and advised by classmates, faculty, professors and alumni. My hope is that this ongoing series of alumni profiles, “WooSights,” will give you a sense of the generosity and depth of the Wilson School community and offer some insights into how alumni have made the most of the opportunities it provides. - Elizabeth Martin, MPA '17 Carl Westphal, MPA ‘13International Economist, Office of...
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Jul 28, 2016
Mel Policicchio
New York City is home to more than 58,000 men, women and children living on the streets and relying on public sheltering systems for assistance. This pressing concern has always stood out to Rochelle Haynes, MPA-URP ’06, who is a native of the city. She has dedicated her career to eradicating homelessness and now works as chief of staff for New York City’s Department of Homeless Services.    After graduating from Princeton University’s Woodrow...
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Jul 22, 2016
Public Affairs
Candidates for Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs usually enter the School's degree programs with real-world professional experience. Students with military backgrounds also bring a global viewpoint of the effect public policy has on the ground. Their leadership and experience in the field enriches classroom conversations. Full Story Here.
Apr 27, 2016
Elizabeth Martin, MPA '17
As an MPA student at the Woodrow Wilson School, I've been awed and advised by classmates, faculty, professors and alumni. My hope is that this new series of alumni profiles, “WooSights,” will give you a sense of the generosity and depth of the Wilson School community and offer some insights into how alumni have made the most of the opportunities it provides. --Elizabeth Martin   Alicia Allison, MPA ’98 Director, Political Training Division,...
Aug 18, 2015
Public Affairs
Successful societies need human capital – and human capital is produced when a society invests in its children so that they grow up to be healthy, productive citizens. Such is the formula that shapes the work of Dean Spears, MPA ’07, Ph.D. ’13. A child’s failure to thrive hurts the child. But it also hurts the society. In the Sitapur district in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India, early life health has been chronically problematic. While the...
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Aug 6, 2015
Public Affairs
In mid-June, 29 rising college seniors cut their summer breaks short and set up shop at the Woodrow Wilson School. The undergraduates in this year’s Junior Summer Institute (JSI) class hailed from 24 U.S. colleges and universities, representing 16 states and 14 majors. The seven-week program prepares students for graduate study and careers in public policy and international affairs. Students are admitted to JSI based on a demonstrated commitment...
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Jul 28, 2015
Public Affairs
Every day, Reena Shah MPA ’03, and a 2007 graduate of the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, seeks to answer a fundamental question: “What do people need to live a life of dignity?” An attorney, Shah draws on international human rights law to fight for the acquisition of basic human needs in the United States. She is the director of the Human Rights Project at Maryland Legal Aid where she works toward improving outcomes for the poor in...
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Jul 23, 2015
Public Affairs
The Public Policy and International Affairs Junior Summer Institute prepares undergraduate students from historically underrepresented groups for graduate study and careers in public policy and international affairs. If you have an interest in and commitment to cross-cultural and social issues and public service, check out the details of the Princeton program here.
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Jul 9, 2015
Public Affairs
Eighty percent of Americans do not have access to solar power, leaving them with higher energy bills and larger carbon footprints. Steve Moilanen MPA ’14 and Steph Speirs MPA ’14 have endeavored to unlock the market for those households through Solstice Initiative. Their cofounded organization uses a “community solar” design, providing households with the opportunity to purchase solar power without installing solar panels on their roofs....
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Jul 2, 2015
Public Affairs
Half of the 220,000 people killed in the Syrian civil war have been civilians. Untargeted barrel bombings have crumbled cities and diminished basic resources like food and water. Many children have been out of school for four years. Those who have survived the attacks suffer with injuries and have no access to medical care. Within the country, 7.6 million people have been displaced. Another 4 million have made the life-threatening trek into...
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Jun 30, 2015
Public Affairs
To expand on this perspective, the Princeton-Fung Global Forum will convene Nov. 2–3 in Dublin, Ireland, to examine global health, using the Ebola outbreak as a case study of a modern plague. The third annual forum will include academic scholars, researchers, health and medical professionals, aid workers, policymakers and journalists. Using a multidisciplinary approach, panelists will examine economic, environmental, political and historical...
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Jun 8, 2015
WWS Admissions
One of the exciting features of our Master in Public Affairs (MPA) program is a 10-week-long summer internship during the summer between the first-and-second-year of our two-year program. Each student is required to intern at a professional level for an agency or organization that is relevant to their course of study and career interests.  Our 67 first-year MPA students will conclude their first-year requirements with summer positions all over...
Mar 28, 2015
WWS Admissions
One of the advantages of the Woodrow Wilson School is its interdisciplinary approach. Students interested in the law may choose to combine the study of law and the study of public affairs through the MPA/JD program. Thomas Scott, MPA/JD '11 completed the program with Stanford Law School and currently works at a firm in Washington. Be sure to check out the piece he recently authored for his firm's White Collar Lawyer blog.
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Nov 11, 2014
Shasti Conrad, MPA '15
This summer, I had the great privilege of working for one of the new Nobel Peace Prize 2014 winners, Malala Yousafzai. After previously working for the federal government, I decided that I wanted to gain experience working at a smaller NGO in the philanthropic sector focused on international development issues. So, when the opportunity presented itself to work with the Malala Fund, I jumped at the chance. The Malala Fund was founded in 2013, a...
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Oct 20, 2014
WWS Admissions
The type of career one can pursue upon completing a degree in public policy or international affairs is limitless - our graduates go on to pursue lifelong, rewarding careers in public service.  Some pursue careers domestically within federal, state, and local governments.   Others pursue careers abroad for the State Department, USAID, the UN, and non-governmental and non-profit organizations, and the lists goes on and on.  The best advice is to...
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Robertson Hall
Aug 5, 2014
WWS Admissions
MPA. MPP. MPA (again). MPH. So what exactly is a master's degree in public and international affairs? Put simply, it is a course of study that will prepare you to think critically, to analyze and solve policy problems and to become an impactful leader for the public good. Flexible programs allow you to tailor a curriculum to your interests and sometimes even earn a joint degree in another discipline. While programs will vary by institution,...
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Jul 28, 2014
Ana E. Cubas, MPA-URP ‘96
As a Los Angeles native, adjusting to life as a graduate student at the Woodrow Wilson School was tough.  The curriculum was rigorous and getting used to the weather was challenging (I had to learn how to shop for the appropriate jackets, socks, and ear muffs!).  I missed home, and as someone that was committed to public service, I also searched for opportunities to volunteer, and to give back to Latino and African American communities.  I tried...
Jul 7, 2014
Megan McGuire, MPA '15, UN Somali - Intern, Resident Coordinator’s Office
This summer I’m working with the office of the UN Resident Coordinator to Somalia, which plays a strategic planning and coordination function for the UN Somalia Country Team, a set of more than twenty UN agencies working in Somalia. It’s a very exciting time to be in this office: Somalia is undergoing positive political change, experiencing some gains in security and governance, and the international community is beginning to increase its...
May 27, 2014
Melissa Lyles
One of the exciting features of our Master in Public Affairs (MPA) program is a 10-week-long summer internship during the summer between the first-and-second-year of our two-year program. Each student is required to intern at a professional level for an agency or organization that is relevant to their course of study and career interests.  From the moment students arrive during Math Camp, Ann Corwin, director of Career Services and Alumni...
May 5, 2014
Cherena Walker
“My door is always open.” That’s what I like to tell our graduate students at the Woodrow Wilson School. As director of Master in Public Policy (MPP) Career Services and assistant director of Graduate Career Services and Alumni Relations, I develop and execute the career services strategy for our mid-career graduate students and provide individualized career coaching for all WWS graduate students. It’s a job I really enjoy because the students...
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Mar 31, 2014
Elin Burns, MPP '14
“So what are you doing next?”… It’s the dreaded question that looms as you’re nearing the end of a diplomatic posting. After 7 years working across three UK government departments in two countries, I realized that I wanted a new challenge. Busy jobs had left me little time to think strategically about what I'd learned, what I wanted from my career, and what I might do next. With this in mind, I applied to the MPP program (designed specifically...
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Dec 5, 2013
WWS Admissions
Woodrow Wilson School Connections: facebook.com/wilsonschool twitter.com/wilsonschool youtube.com/wilsonschool instagram.com/wilson_school  
Dec 4, 2013
Kidus Asfaw, MPA '14
The summer between an MPA’s two-year life at the Woodrow Wilson School is as unique and impacting as the passion to public service that have brought them back to school. To give you a glimpse into the lives of a few of our students, we asked five volunteers to share the summer internship experience and the impact they had on the organizations and areas in which they lived. JARED DUVAL - domestic policy Location: This summer I was the Creative...
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May 1, 2013
WWS Admissions
The final installment of our 2012 internship maps!  Check out our last post of the “Where Woos Intern” series featuring summer internship positions held across the United States, excluding those in Washington, D.C. Best of luck to current MPA first years who will be starting their internships in just a few weeks!   View 2012 WWS Internships in the U.S. in a larger map Full list of internship locations and their corresponding intern’s field: The...
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Apr 7, 2013
WWS Admissions
The Wilson School’s Office of Graduate Career Services is an invaluable resource for all Woos, especially as they explore summer internship opportunities that are required for all M.P.A degree candidates in between their two years at school. We’re mapping out all of last year’s internship positions, this week featuring those in our nation’s capital.   View 2012 WWS Internships in Washington, DC in a larger map Full list of internships with...
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The tireless Woos who braved a hurricane to get out the vote in Ohio.
Mar 27, 2013
Peter Blair
The tireless Woos who braved a hurricane to get out the vote in Ohio. As an international student it might seem kind of strange that I spent fall break in Ohio working on a US presidential Get Out the Vote campaign. As a few people in my class remarked, it wasn’t as if I was going to personally get anything out of the results (other than maybe some left over bumper stickers), but as someone who has always followed US politics (thanks to “The...
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Mar 15, 2013
Alex Utsey
What’s one of my favorite things about attending a small graduate school program? The personalized career services experience. It’s important to me to have one-on-one guidance when figuring out what to do after grad school, and the Woodrow Wilson School has exceeded my expectations in every way. The week we arrived at Princeton, students had meetings with the two Career Services directors, Ann Corwin and Cherena Walker, to get to know them. We...
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