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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.
After two years at HKS, MPA graduates move on to secure higher leadership positions in their original professional fields or transition to new careers in the public, private, or nonprofit sectors. Many take on roles of significant responsibility at alternative energy firms, global development banks, nongovernmental organizations, multinational financial institutions, and leading strategic consulting firms. They also work in the private sector, in positions that have public impact.
Wherever their careers take them, many MPA graduates emerge as leaders in their fields. They design and carry out new approaches to governance. They turn ideas into action. They change – and incite change – for the better.
The Office of Career Advancement is a valuable resource for 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 more information about the positions MPA graduates take on after HKS and the careers they develop to serve the public good.
The connections and friendships that students forge with their classmates are among the most powerful rewards of their HKS experience. After graduation, they join an active global community of individuals who are engaged with the world and committed to public service. This robust alumni network helps graduates to further their careers, get professional advice, and continue to experience the power of a Harvard Kennedy School education.
"The Kennedy School offers much more than just classes, academic knowledge and skills. As an HKS alumnus, I am a member of a close global network that can be of enormous help for reaching my professional goals."
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