Professional Development

Pre-Professional Opportunities

Through internships, research, experiential learning and study abroad opportunities, you will enrich your classroom experience while preparing for a career that promotes a just and humane world. 

  • Gain pre-professional experience while completing a Public Affairs Internship 

  • Engage with the global classroom where you will develop knowledge of diverse cultures while viewing your own culture through a new lens

  • Broaden your experience through fellowships and undergraduate research

  • Connect with resources to aid in your career planning and job search

  • Explore options for graduate education and learn about schools chosen by recent SU Public Affairs graduates 

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Pathways to Professional Formation

The College of Arts and Sciences is further investing in your professional formation with the creation of the Pathways to Professional Formation initiative. Dedicated to supporting you in your lifetime journey of professional and personal discovery, Pathways to Professional Formation strengthens existing professional formation programs and develops new opportunities.

Coordinated by Arts and Sciences Advising Center, the initiative focuses on providing increased internship opportunities, stronger partnerships with local organizations and alumni, and opportunities for you to explore and develop professional experience.

For more information and a schedule of upcoming Formation Events, visit Pathways to Professional Formation.

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Contact Us

Tanya Hayes, PhD

Associate Professor and Director Casey 210-05


Kimberly Gawlik, JD

Senior Administrative Assistant Casey 210


Center for Student Involvement Leadership and Professional Formation Pathway

The Center for Student Involvement, in partnership with Student Persistence and Career Engagement, has developed a pathway through which incoming students will be prompted to engage in events and activities on campus while reflecting on these three questions:

  • Who Am I?
  • What does the world need me to be? And
  • How am I becoming?

All incoming undergraduates will be added to the program at the beginning of fall quarter. Other students may request to join. 




2020-2021 PUBA Naef Scholars

The Naef Scholarship Program provides support and enrichment for upper-level undergraduate students of Seattle University who demonstrate commitment to social justice leadership in their communities. The following students are PUBA majors and Naef Scholars: 

  • Myron Joel Bañez, Senior
  • Rose Murphy, Senior 
  • Emily Nielsen, Junior 

The following students are Nonprofit and Public Administration minors and Naef Scholars: 

  • Megan Oakes