Gain practical skills and forge connections with practitioners in the field. We encourage internships for MPA students with less than one year of work experience in public or nonprofit service, or for experienced students looking to apply their coursework in a new area of professional exploration. Students can receive up to six elective credits for their internship experience.
MPA faculty and staff work together with Seattle University Career Services to provide students with practical career development support, such as job search strategies, 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 mentorship program prepares MPA students for public service leadership by providing opportunities to gain valuable insight about their field. The program supports ongoing professional formation and student development. The program provides MPA students, alumni, and community members with a chance to become further engaged in SU’s mission and its community through proactive student-mentor relationships and activities.
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.