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Graduates of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program pursue careers around the world in disaster relief, gender equity, education, environmental stewardship, and poverty alleviation.


This information is compiled from surveys of the Classes of 2011–2016 and refers to the first job after graduation (unless otherwise stated).


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Dominica; Guatemala; Iraq; Kazakhstan; Laos; Lebanon; Malaysia; Mexico; Peru; Poland; Sri Lanka; Switzerland; Tanzania; Thailand; United States

Employment Status (One Year After Graduation, %)

Salary (U.S. BASED, EMPLOYED FULL TIME, Combined MPA and International Policy and Development)




Select Employers

  • Appalachian District Health Department
  • California State Coastal Conservancy
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • Chemonics 
  • City of Los Angeles
  • Department of Homeland Security, US Citizenship and Immigration Services
    Department of State
  • East Kazakhstan Regional Governor office
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Firelight Foundation
  • International Labor Organization 
  • International Organization for Migration (IOM) 
  • Jhpiego (USAID contractor)
  • John Snow, Inc. (USAID contractor)
  • Mercy Corps
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • OneVillage Partners
  • Peace Corps
  • Restorative Justice Partners, Inc.
  • Root Change
  • Salud Para La Gente
  • Save the Children
  • Tech Soup Global and David and Lucile
  • Packard Foundation
  • United Nations
  • United States Department of Labor, International Labor Affairs Bureau
  • Winrock International
  • WK Kellogg Foundation
  • World Bank Group


Employer Testimonial

“As a small, grassroots nonprofit, it is nearly impossible to quantify the enormous impact we have received from having MIIS interns as part of our team. Qualifying the impact of their value added to process and productivity, as well as quality relationships, can easily be summed up in one word: PRICELESS! Investing in our collective future through this opportunity has extremely high return on investment.”

—Kathi Speller, Executive Director, Community of Caring Monterey Peninsula

Summer 2017

Secured Opportunity: 87%
Locations: China, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Switzerland, United States

Select Internship Employers

  • AARP Foundation
  • Chinese Financial Office
  • Community Foundation for Monterey County
  • Concordia Language Villages 
  • DialogueDirect
  • Global Communities
  • Hanns Seidel Foundation, Academy for Politics and Current Affairs
  • Mercy Corps
  • Your Future Is Our Business
  • Monterey Museum of Art
  • Peace Corps
  • Planning Studies Research Center
  • Relief International
  • Resources for Residents and Communities
  • TechnoServe
  • The Mintz Group
  • The Third Space
  • U.S. Department of State 

Select Position Titles

  • Acting Regional Programme Manager
  • Executive Director Intern
  • Founder
  • Fundraiser
  • Gallery Guide
  • Program Performance and Quality Intern
  • Research and Evaluation Intern
  • Two-Week Curriculum Facilitator
  • Immersive Learning and Special Projects Program Assistant
  • New Business Coordinator 
  • Performance, Accountability, and Learning Officer
  • Private Collaborator 
  • Program Assistant with Center for Nonprofit Excellence
  • Youth in Development Volunteer
  • Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation Intern