Internships are strongly recommended for those students who seek to test new career paths, gain skills, and forge connections with practitioners in the field. Employers seek out our students because of their maturity, technical skills, and cutting-edge theoretical knowledge.
The Master of Public Administration (MPA) faculty and staff work together with Seattle University Career Services to provide students with practical career development support, such as resume and cover letter review, and mock interview preparation. The MPA program sponsors professional development seminars, as well as alumni and employer networking nights.
MPA Connections represents a joint effort between Seattle University’s MPA program and the University’s Office of Career Services. It is designed to connect alumni and other leaders in the public and nonprofit sectors with students seeking career mentorship.
Abigail Beatty ('14) landed an internship at King County in the Office of Performance, Strategy and Budget to research and establish performance measures for the Equity and Social Justice (ESJ) project. Abigail states: "I’m convinced that working with my MPA Connections mentor, Cristina Gonzalez, helped get me here. The mentorship made a huge difference in my career journey; helping me hone my career interests, build my confidence as a professional, and expand my network." Pictured left to right: Cristina Gonzalez, Senior Business and Management Analyst at King County Office of Performance, Strategy and Budget and MPA student, Abigail Beatty.
ASPA is the professional association for public administration. ASPA's mission is to advance the art. science, teaching and practice of public and nonprofit administration. Membership benefits include opportunities for networking, professional development, and special events.