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College of Arts and Sciences
Master Of Public Administration

Current Student Services


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.

Chief Executive of Swedish Health Services, Tony Armada spoke at the College of Arts and Sciences Leadership Council meeting in February about the value of student internships and its partnership with Seattle University. MPA students Phung Nguyen (‘15) and Kristine Kleedehn ('15) have held internships with Swedish since the Summer 2014. Armada spoke about the one year internship as “an experience that is not only proctored, mentored, and coached, it also leads the students to a substantial experience that challenges them.” Pictured above left to right: Phung Nguyen, Tony Armada, and Kristine Kleedehn.

Swedish treats their interns as part of their leadership team. They attend cabinet meetings and interact with the senior leadership team who run the $2.4 billion operation. Armada goes on to say, “we’re able to sit down with Kristine and Phung to understand and learn from them their passion, and where they need improvement, and tailor their experience learning towards that goal. At the end of the year, they can say they are a lot better than when they came in."

Read the full article about internship experience and watch the video here.

Career Support Services

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.  


 American Society for Public Administration (ASPA)



ASPA is the professional association for public administration. ASPA's mission is to advance the art, science, teaching and practice of public and non-profit administration. To learn more about the benefits of membership, chapter activities, and events, visit the ASPA website at