MPP Careers

Students make a huge investment in us, and in return, we make a huge investment in them that isn’t limited to two years, but extends across their lifetimes. Heller has a strong MPP alumni network that is committed to social justice issues and creates connections for future internships and professional positions in those areas.

Heller MPP students go on to positions in government and mission-driven organizations across the country. Typically, one-third of our alumni end up working in Washington, D.C., one-third are in Boston, with the remaining third spread throughout the U.S. In a recent survey of our 2017 graduates, 96 percent were employed or continuing their education a year after graduation.

We believe that career development is a priority. As a Heller student, you will work closely with the Career Development Center to define your professional goals and build strategies to achieve them. Beginning with the online Career Academy the summer before orientation, MPP students regularly meet with career advisors, join professional development workshops and attend employer events throughout their time at Heller. You will be supported at every stage, from initial career visioning through resume development, networking training and practice interviews.

Consider Erin Robinson, MPP’16, who is a legislative fellow for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in U.S. Sen. Cory Booker’s office in Washington, D.C., or Toni S. Burke, MPP’09, vice president and executive director of City Year San Jose. Brian Kennedy, MPP’16, is a public policy fellow for the Budget and Tax Center at the North Carolina Justice Center, which is working to end poverty through policy, and Ev Evnen, MPP/MBA’14, is the “senior data nerd” and partner for MaeBright group, which works with Massachusetts agencies, schools, businesses and communities that provide services to LGBTQ people. 

Another MPP alumna, Sarah Emond, MPP’09, is the first chief operating officer for the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review. She is also president of the Heller Alumni Association Board. Sarah, like so many of our graduates, continues to stay connected to the school and the MPP program. By attending Heller, you will have immediate access to a wide network of alumni, including Sarah, who have diverse career experiences across sectors. 

The Career Development Center will continue to be a benefit long after you graduate. Staff are committed to connecting students and alumni to the Heller network and the professional resources they need as their career aspirations evolve—it’s a lifelong promise.