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Career Resources for MPA Jobseekers and Recent Graduates


Local Government Management Fellowship

The LGMF is a highly competitive, career-development opportunity that places Fellows in a local government-management track position shaped by rotational assignments and direct mentorship under senior management. It enables Fellows to develop real-world management skills while participating in meaningful and important local government projects. A Fellowship position guarantees a minimum annual salary of $35,000. (However, many Fellows earned a salary greater than $40,000, and most fellows are offered a raise during the first year of their fellowship).

The White House Fellows Program

White House Fellowships offer exceptional young men and women first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the federal government. White House Fellows typically spend a year working as full-time, paid special assistants to senior White House Staff, the Vice President, Cabinet Secretaries and other top-ranking government officials. Fellows also participate in an education program consisting of roundtable discussions with renowned leaders from the private and public sectors, and trips to study U.S. policy in action both domestically and internationally. Fellowships are awarded on a strictly non-partisan basis.


Idealist is an interactive site where you can search nonprofit jobs and identify nonprofit organizations in your area of interest throughout the country.


Indeed is a comprehensive job search engine that provides several advanced search options to ensure that results are pertinent to your interests


International Association of Emergency Managers


Community Options


Also, use the search engines available on the internship site search page to locate potential job openings.


Books to Help You in Your Search


Jobs That Matter: Find a Stable, Fulfilling Career in Public Service, Heather Krasna

The Nonprofit Career Guide: How to Land a Job That Makes a Difference, Shelly Crier

The Idealist Guide to Nonprofit Careers for First-time Job Seekers

Change Your Career: Transitioning to the Nonprofit Sector, Laura Gassner Otting

Careers in International Affairs, Maria Pinto Carland

Washington Internships: How to Get Them and Use Them to Launch Your Public Policy Career, Deirdre Martinez

Practical Idealists: Changing the World and Getting Paid (Studies in Global Equity), Alissa Wilson

Making a Living While Making a Difference: Conscious Careers in an Era of Interdependence, Revised Edition, Melissa Everett

How to Land a Top-Paying Federal Job: Your Complete Guide to Opportunities, Internships, Resumes and Cover Letters, Application Essays (KSAs), Interviews, Salaries, Promotions and More!, Lily Whiteman

Managing Your Government Career, Stewart Liff

An Insider's Guide to Political Jobs in Washington, William Endicott

Inside a US Embassy: How the Foreign Service Works for America, Shown Dorman

A Guide to Careers in Community Development, Paul Brophy

Complete Guide to Environmental Careers in the 21st Century, Kevin Lee Doyle

100 Jobs in Social Change, Harley Jebens




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Last Updated: 1/15/14