Career Paths

Career Path

Woodrow Wilson School students and graduate alumni are selected for outstanding career opportunities. Below is a sampling of the organizations that have employed Woodrow Wilson School graduates in recent years.

First Jobs Taken by MPA Graduates

MPA graduates have a wide variety of career options from which to choose. First jobs held by MPA graduates in the past few years have included:

  • Field I: International Relations
    • Australian Agency for International Development, Canberra, Australia; Director

      Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Va.; Consultant

      Center for Defense Information, Washington, D.C.; Research Associate

      Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Washington, D.C.

      DFI International, Washington, D.C.; Senior Analyst

      Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Newark, N.J.; Intelligence Analyst

      Global Environment Facility, Washington, D.C.; Consultant

      Government of Israel, Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tel Aviv, Israel; Chief of Staff

      Government of the United Kingdom, British High Commission, Islamabad, Pakistan; First Secretary

      Government of the United Kingdom, Prime Minister's Strategy Unit, London, England; Team Member

      International Criminal Court (ICC), Office of the Prosecutor, The Hague, Netherlands; Information Analyst

      International Organization for Migration, Emergency Response and Post-Conflict Team for Iraq, Amman, Jordan; Program Officer

      Jinnah Institute, Islamabad, Pakistan; Program Manager

      Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), Paris, France

      National Democratic Institute, Kiev, Ukraine; Senior Program Officer

      New York City Police Department, New York, N.Y.; Intelligence Analyst

      Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris, France; Consultant, Environment Directorate

      Thailand Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangkok, Thailand; Foreign Service Officer

      Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ankara, Turkey; Official

      United Nations Commission on Human Security, New York, N.Y.; Consultant

      United Nations, Dushanbe, Tajikistan; Consultant

      United Nations Foundation, New York, N.Y., Assistant to the Senior Adviser

      U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Office of Democracy and Governance, Washington, D.C.; Presidential Management Fellow/Deputy Regional Coordinator for Africa

      U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary, Washington, D.C.; Presidential Management Fellow

      U.S. Department of Energy, Office of African and Middle Eastern Affairs, Washington, D.C.; Presidential Management Fellow

      U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.; Foreign Service Officer

      U.S. Department of State, Bureau of European Affairs, Washington, D.C.; Presidential Management Fellow

      U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Washington, D.C.; Presidential Management Fellow

      U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Organization Affairs, Washington, D.C.; Presidential Management Fellow

      U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Arabian Peninsula Affairs; Washington, D.C., Presidential Management Fellow

      U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, Washington, D.C.; Presidential Management Fellow

      U.S. Department of State, Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction & Stabilization, Washington, D.C.; Presidential Management Fellow

      U.S. Department of State, United Kingdom Desk, Washington, D.C.; Presidential Management Fellow

      U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crime, Washington, D.C.; Policy Adviser

      U.S. Government Accountability Office, Washington, D.C.; Analyst

  • Field II: International Development
    • Adventist Development and Relief Agency, La Paz, Bolivia; Mickey Leland Hunger Fellow

      African Development Bank, Tunis, Tunisia; Young Professional

      The Americas Society, New York, N.Y.; Program Officer

      The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York, N.Y.; Associate Program Officer

      The Bank Information Center, Washington, D.C.; Information Services Coordinator

      The Bernard van Leer Foundation, The Hague, Netherlands; Program Officer

      Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, Wash.; Research Analyst, Global Development

      California Office of Bi-national Border Health, San Diego, Calif.; Epidemiologist and Regional Surveillance Manager

      Canadian Ministry of Natural Resources, Ottawa, Canada; Executive Assistant to the Deputy Minister of Natural Resources

      CARE, Gender Based Violence in East Africa, Kigali, Rwanda; Regional Adviser

      Catholic Relief Services, Cebu, Philippines; N'Djamena, Chad; Harare, Zimbabwe; International Development Fellow

      Catholic Relief Services, West Africa Regional Office, Accra, Ghana; Consultant

      Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C.; Research Associate

      City Year in Boston, Clinton Democracy Fellows Program, Boston, Mass.; International Project Manager

      The Clinton Foundation, Hanoi, Vietnam; Country Analyst/Program Manager

      Concern Worldwide, New York, N.Y.; Operations Officer

      Council of Europe Development Bank, Paris, France; Junior Professional

      The David and Lucille Packard Foundation, Population Program, Los Altos, Calif.; Research Associate

      Development Alternatives International, Agriculture Policy Reform Program, Cairo Egypt; Public Policy Specialist

      Development Innovations Inc., Lima, Peru; Program Manager

      Earth Rights, Washington, D.C.; International Justice Fellow

      Environmental Defense Fund, New York, N.Y.; Research Associate

      Federal Reserve Bank of New York, New York, N.Y.; Financial Analyst

      Gauteng Provincial Government, Department of Health, Johannesburg, South Africa; Research Manager

      Habitat for Humanity, Cairo, Egypt; International Partner

      International Alert, London, England; Senior Program Officer

      International Finance Corporation, Washington, D.C.; Associate Investment Officer

      International Plant Generic Resources Institute, Rome, Italy; Food Security Specialist/Mickey Leland Hunger Fellow

      International Rescue Committee, Bururi, Burundi; Field Coordinator

      Istanbul Policy Center, Education Reform Initiative, Istanbul, Turkey; Project Manager

      Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), Nairobi, Kenya; Financial Controller/Administrator

      Mercy Corps, Design Monitoring & Evaluation, Cambridge, Mass.; Senior Program Officer

      Millennium Challenge Corporation, Washington, D.C.; Program Officer

      National Democratic Institute, Washington, D.C.; Senior Program Manager

      Population Council, Policy Research Division, New York, N.Y.; Accra, Ghana; Research Coordinator

      Population Services International, Washington, D.C.; Program Officer for Latin America

      The Rockefeller Foundation, New York, N.Y.; Research Associate

      United Nations Capital Development Fund, New York, N.Y.; Consultant

      United Nations Fund for Population Activities, Beijing, China

      United Nations Resident Coordinator for Tajikistan, Dushanbe, Tajikistan; Public Information Manager

      United Nations Volunteers, Khartoum, Sudan

      U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Kabul, Afghanistan; Field Program Assistant, Office of Transition Initiatives

      U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Kampala, Uganda; Mickey Leland Hunger Fellow

      U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.; Foreign Service Officer

      U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.; Presidential Management Fellow

      U.S. Fund for UNICEF, New York, N.Y.; Consultant

      U.S. Office of Management and Budget, International Affairs Division, Washington, D.C.; Presidential Management Fellow

      Women's Research and Education Institute, Washington, D.C.; Congressional Fellow

      World Bank, Washington, D.C.; Consultant

      World Bank, Washington, D.C.; Junior Professionals Program

      World Food Programme, Rome, Italy; Analyst

  • Field III: Domestic Policy
    • 9/11 United Service Group, New York, N.Y.; Manager of Policy and Operations

      The After School Corporation, New York, N.Y.; Director for Special Projects

      Agenda for Children Tomorrow, New York, N.Y.; Community and Family Engagement Director

      Alliance for Excellent Education, Washington, D.C.; Policy and Research Associate

      American Civil Liberties Union, Seattle, Wash.; Field Director

      Bridgespan, New York, N.Y.; Associate Consultant

      Capital City Fellows Program, Washington, D.C.; Fellow

      Casey Strategic Consulting, Baltimore, Md.; Consultant

      City of Long Beach Management Training Program, Long Beach, Calif.

      City of San Jose Management Fellows Program, San Jose, Calif.

      Coalition for Asian-American Children and Families, New York, N.Y.; Policy Coordinator, Education and Child Welfare

      Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Fiscal Affairs Division, Administration and Finance Executive Office, Boston, Mass.; Fiscal Policy Analyst

      Community Development Alliance, New York, N.Y.; Founder

      Community Development Initiative, East Palo Alto, Calif.; Director of Empowerment Research

      Congressional Budget Office, State and Local Government Cost Estimates Unit, Washington, D.C.; Analyst

      Denver Budget and Management Office, Denver, Colo.; Budget Analyst

      Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Los Angeles, Calif.; Southwestern Regional Media Manager

      The Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C.; Grover M. Hermann Fellow for Federal Budgetary Affairs

      House Government Reform Committee, Democratic Staff, Washington, D.C.; Communications and Policy Analyst

      Kansas City Health Care Foundation, Kansas City, Mo.; Program Officer

      Knowledge Is Power Program, New York, N.Y.; Director of School Operations

      Living Cities, Washington, D.C.; Program Associate

      Maryland Governor's Fellows Program, Annapolis, Md.; Fellow

      Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, Boston, Mass.; Budget and Policy Analyst

      Mathematica Policy Research Inc., Washington, D.C.; Human Services Policy Analyst

      NAACP, Baltimore, Md.; National Economic Empowerment Policy Manager

      New Jersey Department of the Treasury, Trenton, N.J.; Special Assistant to the Assistant Treasurer for Economic Development

      New Jersey Department of the Treasury, Office of Management and Budget, Trenton, N.J.; Budget Analyst

      New Jersey Governor's Office of Economic Growth, Trenton, N.J.; Business Analyst

      New Jersey Supreme Court, Chief Justice Deborah T. Poritz, Trenton, N.J.; Law Clerk

      New York City Economic Development Corporation, New York, N.Y.; Senior Project Manager

      Office of the Bronx Borough President, Bronx, N.Y.; Deputy Director of Policy

      Office of Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Rwanda Governance Project, Kigali, Rwanda; Adviser

      Office of the Governor of New Jersey, Trenton, N.J.; Policy Adviser to the Governor

      Office of the Governor of New Mexico, Santa Fe, N.M.; Energy & Environmental Policy Adviser

      Office of the Governor of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Deputy Adviser to the Governor on Federal Affairs

      Office of U.S. Rep. Bill Thomas, Bakersfield, Calif.; District Representative

      Office of U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr., Washington, D.C.; Legislative Analyst

      Office of U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, Washington, D.C.; Legislative Correspondent

      Office of U.S. Sen. Diane Feinstein, Washington, D.C.; Legislative Assistant

      Office of U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, Washington, D.C.; Legislative Correspondent

      Pennsylvania Governor's Office of Policy and Planning, Harrisburg, Pa.; Executive Policy Specialist

      Philadelphia Budget Bureau, Office of the Director of Finance, Philadelphia, Pa.; Assistant Budget Director

      Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, New York, N.Y.; Leadership Fellows Program

      Project GRAD, Los Angeles, Calif.; Deputy Director

      Rhode Island Kids Count, Providence, R.I.; Research Analyst

      Safe Horizon, New York, N.Y.; Special Assistant to the CEO

      Seedco, Workforce Development, New York, N.Y.; Program Associate

      Surface Transportation Policy Project, San Francisco, Calif.; Program Director

      Sustainable Energy Transition, New York, N.Y.; Founder

      U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C.; Presidential Management Fellow

      U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children and Youth Policy Division, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy and Evaluation, Washington, D.C.; Presidential Management Fellow

      U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Care Financing Agency, Washington, D.C.; Presidential Management Fellow

      U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Resources and Technology, Washington, D.C.; Presidential Management Fellow

      U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Policy and Development Division, Office of Policy Development and Research, Washington, D.C.; Presidential Management Fellow/Program Analyst

      U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.; Presidential Management Fellow

      U.S. Government Accountability Office, Washington, D.C.; Analyst

      U.S. Office of Management and Budget, Washington, D.C.; Presidential Management Fellow

      U.S. Office of Management and Budget, Health Financing Branch, Washington, D.C.; Program Examiner

      Working Partnerships USA, AFL-CIO South Bay Labor Council, San Jose, Calif.; Policy Analyst

  • Field IV: Economics and Public Policy
    • Abt Associates, Bethesda, Md.; Consultant

      Bridgespan, San Francisco, Calif.; Consultant

      Catholic Relief Services, Accra, Ghana; Regional Technical Adviser for Monetization, West Africa

      Corporation for Enterprise Development, Washington, D.C.; Program Associate

      Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Canberra, Australia

      Federal Reserve Bank of New York, New York, N.Y.; Bank Examiner

      Government of Mexico, Financiera Rural, Mexico City, Mexico; Sub-director for the Design of Financial Products

      Inter-American Development Bank, Women in Development Department, Washington, D.C.; Research Assistant

      International Monetary Fund, Washington, D.C.; Economist

      Kansas Health Institute, Topeka, Kan.; Research Analyst

      Mathematica Policy Research, Princeton, N.J.; Human Services Research Analyst

      New York City Economic Development Corporation, New York, N.Y.; Program Manager

      New York City Independent Budget Office, New York, N.Y.; Budget Analyst

      New York City Office of Management and Budget, New York, N.Y.; Budget Analyst

      New York City Partnership, New York, N.Y.; Director of Policy and Research

      New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, New York, N.Y.; Associate Project Manager

      Office of California Legislative Analyst, Sacramento, Calif.

      Office of the Mayor, Office of Strategic Planning and Initiatives, Philadelphia, Pa.; Special Assistant

      Organization of American States, Washington, D.C.; Consultant

      Reserve Bank of Australia, Sydney, Australia; Manager, International Department

      Rockefeller Foundation, New York, N.Y.; Research Associate

      Root Capital, Cambridge, Mass.; Impact Assessment Officer

      SRI International, Arlington, Va.; Research Analyst

      U.K. Department of Trade and Industry, Office of Fair Trading, London England; Assistant Economist

      United Nations Development Program, Bureau of Development Policy, Environmentally Sustainable Development Group, New York, N.Y.; Consultant

      U.S. Department of the Treasury, Washington, D.C.; PMF, Financial Stability Oversight Council

      U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.; Policy Analyst

      U.S. Office of Management and Budget, Washington, D.C.; Program Examiner, Medicare Division

      World Bank, Washington, D.C.; Consultant

      World Trade Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

MPA First Jobs by Sector for Class of 2015 (as of Aug. 2015)

MPA Jobs by Sector

First Jobs Taken by MPP Graduates

The graduates of this intensive one-year program typically return to their careers prepared to assume greater leadership roles. The following list is a sampling of first jobs taken by MPP graduates in the past few years.

  • Jobs Taken by MPPs
    • Amnesty International, London, England; Researcher, Africa

      CARE, Dhaka, Bangladesh; Project Coordinator, Disaster Management Unit

      CARE International U.K., London, England; Regional Manager, South Asia and Latin America

      Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Washington, D.C.; Executive Assistant to the Deputy Director of Central Intelligence

      Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Washington, D.C.; Operations Officer

      District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Force, Office of Professional Responsibility, Washington, D.C.; Captain/Commanding Officer, Force Investigation Team

      European Commission Directorate-General, Brussels, Belgium; Administrator

      Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U. S. Department of Justice, Fort Washington, Pa.; Special Agent

      Government of Albania, Tirana, Albania; Diplomatic Adviser to the Prime Minister

      Government of Australia, Treasury, Parkes, Australia; Manager, Public Finance Unit

      Government of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, India; Indian Administration Service, General Administration Department

      Government of Sierra Leone, Freetown, Sierra Leone; National Security Adviser, Office of the President

      Government of Vietnam, Department of Social Affairs, Hanoi, Vietnam

      Great Plains Institute, Minneapolis, Minn.; Executive Director

      International Crisis Group, Brussels, Belgium; Director of Research

      Jalisco State Government, Jalisco, Mexico; Official

      Latin America, World Bank, Washington, D.C.; Senior Health Specialist

      Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of the Czech Republic, Prague, Czech Republic; Official, Office of NATO Affairs

      Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia; Official

      Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Government of New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand; Diplomat

      Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rome, Italy; Foreign Service Officer

      Ministry of Justice, Helsinki, Finland; Senior Officer for Legal Affairs

      Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, Government of Vietnam, Hanoi, Vietnam; Program Coordinator

      National Democratic Institute, Moscow, Russian Federation; Senior Program Officer

      National Security Council, Washington, D.C.; Foreign Service Officer/Deputy Executive Secretary

      Office of the Leader of the Opposition, Melbourne, Australia; Senior Policy Adviser

      Office of Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, Los Angeles, Calif.; Director of State Relations

      Office of the President, Bogota, Colombia; Secretary General

      Office of U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, Washington, D.C.; Healthcare Legislative Analyst

      Oxfam, Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Interim Country Program Manager

      Poverty Action Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.; Policy Fellow

      Rockefeller Foundation, New York, N.Y.; Warren Weaver Fellow, Global Environment Division

      Science Applications International Corp., U.S. Coast Guard Intelligence Coordination Center, Washington, D.C.; Senior Maritime Intelligence Analyst

      Senate Appropriations Committee, Washington, D.C.; Lt. Commander/U.S. Coast Guard Fellow

      Senate Committee of Foreign Relations, Washington, D.C.; Press Secretary

      United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan; Special Assistant to the Chief Administrative Officer

      The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), New York, N.Y.; Funding Specialist

      United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, New York, N.Y.

      United Nations Development Programme, Harare, Zimbabwe; Program Development Consultant

      United Nations Development Programme, Kabul, Afghanistan; Electoral Adviser

      United Nations Office of the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, New York, N.Y.; Program Officer

      University of the Philippines, College of Medicine, Manila, Philippines; Pediatric Surgeon

      U.S. Air Force, Cryptologic Systems Group, Kelly AFB, Texas; Chief, Plans and Programs

      U.S. Air Force, Patrick AFB, Fla.; Systems Safety Engineer

      U.S. Coast Guard, Commandant, Washington, D.C.; Lt. Commander

      U.S. Coast Guard, Washington, D.C.; Lt. Commander

      U.S. Consulate General, Kolkata, India; Foreign Service Officer/Principal Officer

      U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C.; Special Assistant, Office of the Chief Information Officer

      U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.; Director, State and Local Justice Division

      U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.; Foreign Service Officer/Deputy Director, Office of Cuban Affairs

      U.S. Department of State, Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs, Washington, D.C.; Foreign Service Officer/Japan Desk Officer

      U.S. Department of State, Bureau of European Affairs, Washington, D.C.; Foreign Service Officer/Coordinator, Southeast Europe Action Plan

      U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Nonproliferation, Washington, D.C.; Foreign Service Officer

      U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, Washington, D.C.; Foreign Affairs Officer

      U.S. Department of State, Permanent Mission of the U.S. to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland; Foreign Service Officer/First Secretary, International Economic Affairs

      U.S. Embassy, Bangkok, Thailand; Foreign Service Officer

      U.S. Embassy, Beijing, China; Foreign Service Officer

      U.S. Embassy, Dublin, Ireland; Foreign Service Officer

      U.S. Embassy, Muscat, Oman; Foreign Service Officer/First Secretary

      U.S. Embassy, Santiago, Chile; Foreign Service Officer

      U.S. Embassy, Warsaw, Poland; Foreign Service Officer

      U.S. Mission, Geneva, Switzerland; Foreign Service Officer

      U.S. Mission to NATO, Brussels, Belgium; Foreign Service Officer

      White House Fellows, Washington, D.C.; Fellow Program

      The Wilderness Society, Washington, D.C.; Public Lands Fellow

      World Bank, Washington, D.C.; Senior Health Specialist, Latin America

      World Bank, Washington, D.C.; Young Professionals Program

MPP Jobs by Sector for Class of 2015 (as of Aug. 2015)

MPP Jobs by Sector

First Jobs Taken by Ph.D. Graduates

First jobs taken by Ph.D. recipients in recent years include:

  • International Security Studies
    • This program was formally launched in September

      2011. To date, there are no degree recipients in this cluster.

  • Science, Technology and Environmental Policy
    • Duke University, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Climate Change Policy Partnership, Durham, N.C.; Technology Policy Analyst

      Georgia Institute of Technology, Department of Political Science, Atlanta, Ga.; Assistant Professor of Public Policy

      Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, Applications Research Group, International Research Institute, Palisades, N.Y.; Postdoctoral Research Scholar

      Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate, Cambridge, Mass.; Postdoctoral Fellow

      New York University Center on International Cooperation, New York, N.Y.; Program Officer

      University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nev., Department of Environmental Studies; Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

      U.S. Department of State, Office of the Special Adviser for Arms Control and Nonproliferation, Washington, D.C.; Consultant

      World Bank, Washington, D.C.; Young Professional/Energy Specialist

      World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland; Global Health Leadership Fellow