Each spring, the Office of Career Advancement publishes an employment report highlighting the employment outcomes of the previous year’s graduating class. 

The 688 graduates in the HKS Class of 2023 left Harvard Kennedy School for professional destinations spanning the globe, eager to apply their talents to the HKS mission of building communities that are safe, free, just, and sustainably prosperous.

graphic showing the sectors of employment of HKS graduates

Here are some highlights from this year’s report:

  • 688 graduates are working in 46 countries and territories and 32 U.S. states plus Washington, D.C.
  • 88% of graduates were settled by November 2023. (Settled refers to those who are employed, pursuing further education, running for office, or not seeking employment.)
  • Of the 88% graduates settled, 84% were employed (55% with a new employer; 23% returning to their pre-HKS employer; 4% launching new ventures; and 2% self-employed); 2% were continuing their education; 1% were running for office; and 1% were not seeking employment.
  • Overall 36% of graduates are working in the public sector or for IGOs; 24% are working for non-profit organizations or NGOs; and 35% entered the private sector. (The sector for 5% of graduates was unspecified.)
  • Top destinations for graduates included the U.S. federal government—with 70 graduates working in the U.S. federal government in 24 departments and agencies—as well as international government, non-profit organizations, and consulting firms.
  • 85% of employers hired only one graduate, a measure of our graduates’ diverse trajectories.

Read the full report for more detailed insight into where the most recent HKS graduates landed. 

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