First Destinations

Robertson Hall

Woodrow Wilson School students and graduate alumni are selected for outstanding career opportunities. Below is a sampling of the organizations that have employed Woodrow Wilson School graduates in recent years.

First Jobs Taken by MPA Graduates

MPA graduates have a wide variety of career options from which to choose. First jobs held by MPA graduates in the past few years have included:

  • Field I: International Relations
    • Center for Constitutional Rights, New York, NY; Bertha Justice Fellow

      City of Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA; Manager, Operations and Program Policy

      Creative Associates International, Washington, D.C.; Technical Manager, Electoral Education and Integrity

      Defense Group, Inc., Washington, D.C.; China Research Associate

      Deloitte Federal Practice, Washington, D.C.; Consultant

      Deloitte, New York, NY; Consultant

      Directorate General Health & Food Safety, European Commission, Luxembourg; Blue Book Trainee

      Emerging Public Leaders, Washington, D.C.; Consultant

      Freelance Journalist, Jerusalem, Israel

      Government of Japan, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Tokyo, Japan; Deputy Director

      Human Rights First, Washington, D.C.; Legal Fellow, Refugee Protection Team  

      IEA, Corporation Office of Assistant Secretary for Defense for Special Operations and Combating Terrorism, Washington, D.C.; Information Operations Planning & Legislative Assistant

      International Rescue Committee, New York, NY; Policy and Planning Officer

      Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Boston, MA; Law Clerk

      National Skills Development Corporation (Indian Ministry of Finance), Delhi, India; Analyst

      NaturalizeUS, San Francisco, CA; Co-Founder

      New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, New York, NY; Project Manager

      Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Washington, D.C.; Officer  

      Office of Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Washington, D.C.; Fellow

      Office of Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Washington, D.C.; Military Legislative Aide

      PreData, Washington, D.C

      REACH Initiative, Kampala, Uganda; REACH Assessment Intern

      Southern Poverty Law Center, New Haven, CT; Fellow, Yale Public Interest Fellowship

      Stimson Center, Washington, D.C.; Research Associate

      The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), New York, NY; Consultant

      U.S. Army, Fort Bennin, GA; Infantry Officer

      U.S. Army, Fort Hood, TX; Officer

      U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.; Intelligence Research Specialist - Energy Analyst

      U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.; U.S. Foreign Service Officer – Rangel Fellow

      U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of International Affairs, Washington, D.C.; International Economist

      U.S. Forest Service, Washington, D.C.; Management Analyst

      U.S. Government Agency, Washington, D.C.; Economic Analyst

      Vertical  Knowledge, Cleveland, OH; Lead APAC Analyst

      White House, Energy & Climate Team, Domestic Policy Council, Washington, D.C.; Senior Policy Advisor

  • Field II: International Development
    • Ace Charter School, San Jose, CA; Data Analyst (Education Pioneers)

      Acumen, Pune, India; Global Fellow, Arusha Homes

      Bain & Company, Brooklyn, NY; Consultant

      Brazil Ministry of Planning, Brasilia, Brazil; Senior Public Policy Advisor

      Bridgespan, New York, NY; Consultant

      Capria Ventures, New York, NY; Investment Analyst Fellow

      Catholic Relief Services, Middle East; International Development Fellow

      DAI Inc.; Data and Evidence Manager

      Development Gateway, Washington, D.C.; Associate

      Eagle Hill Consulting, Washington, D.C.; Management Consulting Associate

      Educators for Excellence, Minneapolis, MN; Policy Associate

      EkStep Foundation, Bangalore, India; Project Manager

      Evidence Action Nairobi, Kenya; Senior Manager - Innovation

      Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Emerging Markets & International Affairs Group, New York, NY; International Economic/Financial Associate

      Foreign Policy Research Institute, Philadelphia, PA; Lt. Gen. Bernard E. Trainor Fellow

      Globesight, Dubai, UAE; Analyst

      Government of Punjab, Lahore, Punjab; Deputy Secretary to the Government of Punjab

      Great MN Schools, Minneapolis, MN; Special Assistant

      Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab, Chicago, IL; Government Innovation Fellow

      Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab, Brooklyn, NY; Fellow

      Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA ; Project Manager, Clean Slate Project in the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School

      ICF International, Rockville, MD; DHS Survey Manager

      ideas42, New York, NY; Senior Associate

      International Monetary Fund, Washington D.C.; Economist

      International Rescue Committee, New York, NY; Deputy Director of Programs, Cameroon

      International Rescue Committee , Middle East; Grants Coordinator, External Emergency Roster

      International Society for Technology in Education, Washington, D.C.; Impact Fellow (Education Pioneers)

      Last Mile Health , New York, NY; Program Officer

      Latham and Watkins, Washington D.C.; Associate

      LMI Government Consulting, McLean, VA; Public Policy Fellow

      Mecklenburg County, Charlotte, NC; Strategic Planning and Evaluation Analyst

      Mexican Ministry of Health, Mexico City, Mexico; Advisor to the Secretary of Health

      MyJustice Myanmar, Yangon, Myanmar; Luce Scholar

      New York City Department of Education, New York, NY; Policy Consultant

      NYC Mayor's Office of Economic Opportunity, Brooklyn, NY; Senior Advisor

      NYC Mayor's Office of Immigration Affairs, New York, NY; Research Fellow

      Office of Diversion and Reentry, Los Angeles, CA; Staff Analyst

      PEMEX (Petroleos Mexicanos), Mexico City, Mexico; Project Leader

      Samaritan's Purse International Relief, Juba, South Sudan; Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator

      Sesame Workshop, New York, NY; Program Manager, International Social Impact

      Sown to Grow, Oakland, CA; Product and Marketing Strategy

      Steve Sisolak for Governor, New York, NY; Research Director

      Student Social Support Lab, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA; Data Research Fellow

      The PFM Group , Philadelphia, PA; Senior Analyst, Environmental Finance

      The World Bank , Washington, D.C.; Consultant, Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice

      The World Bank , Washington, D.C.; Water Resources Management Expert Consultant

      The World Bank , Washington, D.C.; Research Analyst

      The World Bank , Washington, D.C.; Consultant

      The World Bank , Washington, D.C.; Private Sector Development Consultant

      U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Abuja, Nigeria; Associate Humanitarian Affairs Officer

      U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Washington , D.C.; Financial Management Specialist (PMF)

      U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Migration Specialist

      U.S. Department of Energy, Washington, D.C.; Graduate Fellow

      U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.; Intelligence Research Specialist

      U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.; Foreign Affairs Officer

      U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.; U.S. Foreign Service Officer – Rangel Fellow

      Urban Institute, Washington, D.C.; Research Analyst

      Walt Disney Global Public Policy Team, Burbank, CA; Senior Policy Analyst

      Wargaming, San Francisco, CA; General Manager for Latin America

      World Food Programme, Dhaka, Bangladesh; Communications Consultant

  • Field III: Domestic Policy
    • Allegheny County Manager's Office, Pittsburgh, PA; CountyStat Analyst

      Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore, MD; Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff

      California Legislative Analyst's Office, Sacramento, CA; Fiscal and Policy Analyst

      California Policy Lab, Davis, CA; Research Manager

      Center for Health Care Strategies, Hamilton, NJ; Program Associate

      Chicago Jobs Council, Chicago, IL; Director of Policy & Advocacy

      City of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD; Director of Civic Engagement, City Council District 1

      City of Boston, MA, Boston, MA; Management Analyst

      City of Cherry Hills Village, Cherry Hills Village, CO; Special Project Coordinator

      City of Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA; Strategic Advisor, Organizational Performance Team

      Colorado Governor's Office of State Planning and Budgeting, Denver, CO; Pay for Success Project Coordinator

      Connecticut RISE Network, New Haven, CT; New Haven Data Fellow

      Covington and Burling, LLP, Washington, D.C.; Associate

      CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance, New York, NY; Policy Associate

      DaVita Inc., Denver, CO

      DC Government Department of Human Services, Washington, D.C.; Data Scientist

      Demos, Washington, D.C.; Policy Analyst

      Education Forward, Washington, D.C.; Analyst

      Fair Fight Action, Atlanta, GA; Political Strategist and Program Manager

      Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Washington, D.C.; Economist

      First 5 LA, Los Angeles, CA; Program Officer

      Foursquare Integrated Transportation Planning, Rockville, MD; Transportation Planner

      Iowa State Government, Coralville, IO; State Senator (Elected 2018)

      Lafayette College, Easton, PA; Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center

      LMI Government Consulting, Tysons Corner, VA; Public Policy Fellow

      Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Washington, D.C.; Program Officer

      Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles, CA; Fellow/Deputy

      Lumina Foundation, Indianapolis, IN; Impact Investing Officer

      Mathematica Policy Research, Chicago IL; Research Analyst

      Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), Cambridge, MA; Research Analyst II

      Michigan Community Resources, Detroit, MI; Staff Attorney (Skadden Fellowship)

      NaturalizeUS, San Francisco, CA; Co-Founder

      New York City Department of Education, Division of Early Childhood Education, New York, NY; Regional Affairs Director

      Nurse-Family Partnership, Lacey, WA; Government Relations Manager

      NYC Department of Education, Brooklyn, NY; Strategic Planning Associate

      NYC Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice, New York, NY; Deputy Executive Director, Close Rikers

      Palantir Technologies, Jersey City, NJ; Deployment Strategist

      Partners Healthcare System, Boston, MA; Senior Program Manager for Medicaid Strategies

      Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, New York, NY; Fellow

      Propeller, Portland, OR; Consultant

      Rocky Mountain Institute, New York, NY; Associate

      The Kresge Foundation, Troy, MI; Program Officer, Education Team

      The Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY; Acting Associate Director, City Relationships - North America

      U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C.; Food & Nutrition Services

      U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Secretary, Washington, D.C.; Program Analyst

      U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services, Denver, CO; Natural Resources Specialist

      U.S. Office of Management and Budget, Washington, D.C., Program Examiner (PMF)

      UnidosUS, formerly National Counsel of La Raza, Washington, D.C.; Wealth-Building Policy Analyst - Economic Policy Project

      Union of Concerned Scientists, Washington, D.C.; Outreach Specialist

      University of Chicago Poverty Lab, Chicago, IL; Project Associate

      University of Texas Austin, Austin, TX; Research Associate, Child and Family Research Partnership

      Urban Justice Center, New York, NY; Case Manager

      Vivid Economics, London, UK; Economist

  • Field IV: Economics and Public Policy
    • Amazon, Seattle, WA; Senior Program Manager

      American Red Cross, Washington, D.C.; Information Management Officer

      Analysis Group, Boston, MA; Analyst

      Asian Development Bank, Manila, Philippines; Financial Sector Specialist (ADB Young Professional)

      Behavioral Insights Team, Brooklyn, NY; Senior Advisor

      Bipartisan Policy Center, Washington, D.C.; Policy Analyst

      Congressional Budget Office, Washington, D.C.; Associate Analyst

      Deutsche Bundesbank,  Berlin, Germany; Financial Data Scientist

      Export-Import Bank of the United States, Washington, D.C.; Financial Economist

      Federal Reserve Bank of New York, New York, NY; Cross Market Monitoring Analyst Associate

      Federal Reserve Bank of New York, New York, NY; Supervision Associate

      Feedback Labs, Washington, D.C.; Director of Research and Knowledge

      Gartner, Arlington, VA; Senior Research Analyst

      Google, Inc., Mountain View, CA; Senior Strategist, Ethical Machine Learning

      ideas42, Washington, D.C.; Associate

      Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, D.C.; Junior Contractor for Research Support - Education Division

      International Finance Corporation, Washington, D.C.; Consultant

      International Growth Centre, Kigali, Rwanda; Economist

      JP Morgan Chase & Co., Washington, D.C.; Senior Research Analyst

      Laura and John Arnold Foundation, Houston, TX; Venture Development Manager

      NYC Department of Finance, New York, NY; Data Analyst/Modeler

      NYC Mayor's Office of Management and Budget, New York, NY; Senior Analyst

      NYC Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency, New York, NY; Energy Policy Advisor

      National PREA Resource Center, Impact Justice, Washington, D.C.; Data Associate

      Opportunity Insights, Somerville, MA; Policy Associate

      Princeton University, Economics Department, Princeton, NJ; Senior Research Specialist

      Reserve Bank of Australia, Sydney, Australia; Senior Economist

      Reserve Bank of Australia, Sydney, Australia; Senior Research Economist

      State of Vermont Joint Fiscal Office, Montpelier, VT; Fiscal Analyst

      Stion Solar, San Jose, CA; Marketing Associate

      Swedish Government, Commission for the Evaluation of Sweden's Possible Participation in the EU Banking Union, Nyköping, Sweden; Desk Officer

      The Central Bank of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur; Economist

      The World Bank, Washington, D.C.; Economic Consultant

      The World Bank, Washington, D.C.; Impact Evaluation Consultant

      The World Bank, Washington, D.C.; Monitoring and Reporting Specialist, Climate Investment Funds

      The World Bank, Washington, D.C.; Short-Term Consultant

      U.S. Department of Energy, Solar Tech Office, Washington, D.C.; Technology Policy Fellow

      U.S. Energy Information Administration, New York, NY; Survey Statistician 


MPA Jobs by Sector

First Jobs Taken by MPP Graduates

The graduates of this intensive one-year program typically return to their careers prepared to assume greater leadership roles. The following list is a sampling of first jobs taken by MPP graduates in the past few years.

  • Jobs Taken by MPPs
    • Advanced Surgical Associates, Springfield, NJ; Surgeon

      Amazon, Seattle, WA; Manager - State and Local Policy

      American Civil Liberties Union, New York, NY; Director of Board Relations

      Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Canberra, Australia; Director, Strategic Analysis and Policy

      BCG, Los Angeles, CA; Consultant

      Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, WA; Fellow

      Bloomberg News, Senegal; News Reporter

      British Embassy, London, UK    

      Covington & Burling LLP, Washington, D.C.; Associate

      Department for International Development, Government of the U.K., London, UK; Prorgramme Manager

      Government of Australia, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Canberra, Australia; Foreign Service Officer

      Government of Pakistan, Pakistan; Foreign Service Officer

      Government of Punjab, Chandigarh, India; Secretary - Local Government

      Government of Telangana, Hyderabad, India; Commissioner of Agriculture

      Government of the United Kingdom, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, London, UK; Diplomat

      Heron Therapeutics, Inc., Princeton, NJ; Senior Vice President, Medical Strategy and Government Affairs

      Israel Tech Challenge, Tel Aviv, Israel; Vice President - Business Development

      Japan International Cooperation Agency, Tokyo, Japan; Assistant Director

      JC Newman Cigar Company, Tampa, FL; General Counsel

      J-PAL, Cambridge, MA; Policy Manager

      MayDay Rescue, Istanbul, Turkey; Director of Communications and Advocacy

      Ministry of External Affairs - India, New Delhi, India; Deputy Secretary

      Ministry of International Affairs and Cooperation, Gaborone, Botswana; International Affairs Officer I - Department of Europe and the Americas

      Negotiation and Public Service, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Founder

      New York Police Department, New York, NY; Captain

      Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Philadelphia, PA; Senior Policy Advisor

      Technical Officer, Washington, D.C.; FHI 360

      The World Bank, London, UK; Consultant

      U.S. Air Force, Fairchild AFB, WA; Major/Operations Officer

      U.S. Air Force, Las Vegas, NV; 16th WPS Commander

      U.S. Air Force, Pordenone, Italy; F16 Fighter Pilot and Weapons Officer

      U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, D.C.; Lt. Commander/Rotary Aviator/Strategic Analyst

      U.S. Coast Guard, Washington, D.C.; Budget Coordinator

      U.S. Coast Guard, Washington, D.C.; Deputy Office Chief, Office of Performance Management and Assessment

      U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, D.C.; Office of Innovation, Policy Development and Research

      U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.; Foreign Service Officer

      U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.; Senior Partnerships Advisor - Secretary's Office of Global Partnerships

      U.S. Department of State, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Washington, D.C.; Foreign Service Officer/Deputy Director Press Office

      U.S. Department of State, U.S. Consulate, Frankfurt, Germany; Foreign Service Officer/Regional Consular Officer

      U.S. Department of State, U.S. Embassy, London, UK; Foreign Service Officer/Assistant Information Officer, Public Affairs

      U.S. International Trade Commission, Washington, D.C.; Attorney-Advisor

      U.S. Navy Seals, Virginia Beach, VA; Naval Officer

      U.S. Navy, Honolulu, HI; Executive Officer - USS John Paul Jones

      U.S. Navy, Virginia Beach, VA; Lt. Commander

      U.S. Navy, West Springfield, VA; Surface Warfare Officer


MPP Jobs by Sector

First Jobs Taken by Ph.D. Graduates

First jobs taken by Ph.D. recipients in recent years include:

  • International Security Studies
    • 4d Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Fort Knox, NY; Brigade Executive Officer

      Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C.; Senior Fellow

      Institute for Defense Analyses - Strategy, Forces, and Resources Division, Alexandria, VA; Research Staff Member

      Ministry of Defense, Whitehall, Westminster, U.K.; China Policy Officer

      The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.; Visiting Professor

      U.S. Naval War College, Department of National Security Affairs, Newport, RI; Associate Professor, College of Distance Education

      University of California, Santa Barbara, CA; Assistant Professor of Politics

      The following institutions have hosted Security Studies PhD recipients for postdoctoral positions:

      Dartmouth College - John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding

      Harvard Belfer Center

      Stanford University

      Univeristy of Pennsylvania

  • Science, Technology and Environmental Policy
    • ICF International, New York, NY; Climate Change Expert

      National Nuclear Security Administration - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Las Vegas, NV; Graduate Fellow

      New York University, Department of Environmental Studies, New York, NY; Assistant Professor

      The World Bank, Development Finance Vice Presidency, Washington, D.C.; Young Professionals Program

      The following institutions have hosted Science, Technology and Environmental Policy PhD recipients for postdoctoral positions:

      Harvard Kenney School

      Princeton Environmental Institute

      Princeton University

      University of California - Irvine