First Destinations

Robertson Hall

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 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

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