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Graduates of the MPP Program enjoy an outstanding record of placement in the career of their choice. The intimate environment of MPP allows faculty and staff to work with students in career advising, planning, recruitment, and placement to ensure that they are competent and competitive as they enter their chosen professions upon graduation.

Students are encouraged to use a variety of resources in career planning, including the practitioner-oriented faculty members, Institute researchers and program managers, and MPP alumni. In addition to contact with professionals who speak at Institute events, students develop connections with experts in their field of study when they work in internships tailored to their interests.

The Johns Hopkins Office of Career Planning and Development assists MPP students with their job search. Career counselors provide individual guidance, training sessions on interviewing, and suggest effective networking and search strategies. The office maintains a resource center with a library, electronic resume service linking students with sponsors and employers, and a job-posting program on the Internet.

Graduates of the MPP program find ready employment in the middle to upper levels of government, and in private and nonprofit organizations. Jobs range from program officer for a philanthropic foundation to policy or research analyst at a research institute or government agency to executive director of a nonprofit organization. Some graduates continue their study in Ph.D. programs.

Public Policy Jobs

Internships and placement sites in recent years include:

Government Jobs in Public Policy

  • Baltimore City Health Department
  • Baltimore Long Term Ecological Research Project
  • Baltimore Mental Health Systems, Inc.
  • Center for Disease Control, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Congressional Budget Office
  • Corporation for National Service
  • Federal Highway Administration's Office of Policy Development
  • Health Care Finance Administration (HCFA)
  • Local Government Information Network (LOGIN)
  • Maryland Governor's Office on Crime Control and Prevention
  • Maryland Office of Managed Care
  • National Park Service
  • Office of Inspector General, Health and Human Services, City of New York
  • Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Education Branch
  • U.S. Conference of Mayors
  • U.S. Congress
  • U.S. Department of Commerce/Technology Administration
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development/Office of Policy Development and Research
  • U.S. General Accounting Office
  • U.S. Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance
  • U.S. Office of Management and Budget
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Advocates for Children & Youth
  • Alliance for Children & Families
  • Americans for the Arts
  • Association of Academic Health Centers
  • Baltimore Community Foundation
  • Baltimore Office of the Public Defender
  • Center for Social Policy and Community Development
  • Children's Defense Fund
  • Community Action Development
  • Community Action Organizations
  • Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan
  • Community Preservation and Development Corporation
  • Corporation of the Lehigh Valley
  • Development Training Institute
  • Drug Strategies
  • Families USA
  • Food Research and Action Center
  • Greater Homewood Community Corporation
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • House of Ruth

Independent Sector Jobs in Public Policy

  • International Development Exchange
  • Kellogg Foundation
  • Maryland Association of Non-profit Organizations
  • Mothers Against Violence in America
  • National Abortion Federation
  • National Academy on Aging
  • National Association of Child Advocates
  • National Center for Policy Analysis
  • National Community Reinvestment Coalition
  • National Consumer League
  • National Council for Urban Economic Development
  • National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
  • National Endowment for Democracy
  • National Network of Grantmakers
  • NEEST (international NGO)
  • Open Society Institute
  • Prevent Child Abuse America
  • Public Voice for Food and Health Policy
  • Resources for the Future
  • Safe and Sound
  • Southern Governors Association
  • Teach for America
  • Teach Baltimore
  • The Freshwater Institute at the Conservation Fund
  • Thistle Community Housing
  • Workfare Watch

Research, Private Businesses and Consulting in Public Policy

  • Aguirre International
  • Alex Brown & Sons
  • Amtrak, High-Speed Rail Division
  • Bruce Morgan and Associates
  • Center on Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
  • Child Trends
  • Congressional Research Consulting Firm
  • Families USA
  • InnoNet
  • Inter-American Development Bank
  • James Bell Associates
  • Kennell and Associates
  • Mathematica Policy Research

Public/Private Ventures in Public Policy

  • The Lewin Group
  • The Synergos Institute
  • United Parcel Service
  • WEFA, an economic consulting firm
  • WestED
  • World Bank