Career Resources

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Olivia Rother | Class of '13

After graduation, Olivia started to work for Sound Transit. "I love being able to work on something locally focused that gets people out of cars and directly impacts people’s lives and the environment."

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Put your Public Affairs Degree to work

As an SU Public Affairs graduate, you will be well positioned for jobs in public service, government, and nonprofit and for profit organizations.  Recent Public Affairs graduates enjoy careers as:

  • Government Relations Specialist, Seattle and King County
  • Communications Director and Policy Aide, King County Council Member
  • Equity and Environment Program Coordinator
  • Program and Communications Coordinator, Citizen University
  • Program Coordinator, Oregon Business Plan
  • FEMA Corps Member/Disaster Survivor Assistance Specialist
  • Executive Director, Seattle Nonbinary Collective
  • Development Associate, The Humane Society for Tacoma
  • Mobility Program Manager, Hopelink
  • Marketing Coordinator, Accolade
  • Development Director, Seattle CityClub
  • Legal Assistant, Housing Justice Project at King County Bar Associate
  • Government and Community Relations Specialist at Vulcan Inc.
  • Operations Coordinator, Everytown for Gun Safety
  • Program Analyst, Abt Associates
  • Health IT Program Manager, Maryland Department of Health
  • Public Relations Specialist, Amazon Music
  • Development Associate, ACLU of Oregon
  • Civic Engagement Specialist, University of Washington
  • Brand Stewardship and Impact, REI
  • Community Outreach Specialist, Sound Transit
  • Anti-Trafficking and Immigration Specialist, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
  • Account Coordinator, Image Source
  • Human Resources Generalist, Alaska Airlines
  • Policy Advisor, King County Council Member
  • Transportation Planner, Los Angeles Metro
  • Public and Government Affairs Manager, Snohomish Health District

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Request a Letter of Reference

Follow these easy steps.

Step 1: Select a professor who knows you well.

Step 2: Contact this professor to arrange a time to meet in person to discuss the opportunity.

Step 3: If the professor agrees to write you a letter, send them the following items (some may not apply depending on the opportunity):

  • Your draft personal statement for your application.
  • A copy of your college transcript (an unofficial photocopy is acceptable).
  • A sample of the best written work that you submitted in one of your classes.
  • Your résumé. For assistance, visit Career Services  in Pavilion 110.
  • A complete list of schools or organizations to which you are applying, along with due dates and mode of application (for example, by printed letter, electronic application).
  • A signed and dated Reference Letter Request.

Contact Us

Kevin Ward, PhD

Associate Professor and Director Casey 210-18


Kimberly Gawlik, JD

Senior Administrative Assistant Casey 210


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Redhawk Landing

A new mentorship tool offered to Seattle University students and alumni, Redhawk Landing offers Alumni the opportunity to serve as mentors for students and other alumni as well as be mentored themselves. 

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If you are looking for a job in Public Service, the Student Training and Education in Public Service organization has provided a guide for finding the right path for you. Look at the different ways you can use your public affairs degree in the world!