Ryan Johnson MC/MPA 2012

Life after HKS

Harvard Kennedy School develops and trains highly skilled public leaders who are committed to the public interest and to innovating solutions that can influence societies and improve lives.

While at HKS, students are encouraged to define their professional goals with the support of the Office of Career Advancement, mentors, advisors, and each other. They come to the MC/MPA Program because they are anticipating a sector change, wanting to transition to a leadership role, or looking to augment their skill set.

Graduates of the MC/MPA Program are innovators and leaders in public, private, and nonprofit sectors worldwide. They have gone on to become heads of state, cabinet ministers, nongovernmental organization directors, military leaders, editors, district attorneys, central bank governors, chief executives, and senior-level government officials. Others have been elected mayors, senators, members of parliament and congress, and state and local officials.

Regardless of their chosen career path, MC/MPA graduates continue to lead change – although their leadership often is exhibited on a larger scale, in more innovative ways, with a more profound impact.


Office of Career Advancement

The Office of Career Advancement (OCA) is a valuable resource for HKS students and alumni. In addition to providing one-on-one career coaching, OCA hosts networking events, arranges alumni and employer panel discussions, and leads career development workshops.

Students and alumni have access to thousands of job listings, fellowship opportunities, and summer internships posted on the Jobs and Careers for the Kennedy School (JACK) job bank and career management system. They also have access to JACK’s extensive database of employers who work in areas that are relevant to HKS students and alumni.

OCA’s most recent employment overview provides information about the positions MC/MPA graduates take on after HKS and the careers they develop to serve the public good.

Jon Murad MC/MPA 2013

"And here's the secret: everyone changes the world. Everything ripples. It's how we do it that counts."

Linda Dorcena Forry MC/MPA 2013

State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry MC/MPA 2013 discusses her trajectory to the Massachusetts House.

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