Career Development

MPA graduate Shelby Moore, executive director at Heartlinks Hospice and Pallative Care In addition to one-on-one advising for coursework and internships, we also offer a variety of career development opportunities.

On average, students who graduate from our MPA Program have a starting salary of $56,000.

Fully 77 percent of our graduates, who do not have employment while pursuing their degrees, are employed within six months after graduation.

Resume and Interview Assistance

The School of Law’s Career Development staff will provide you direct assistance and their extensive expertise with job preparedness:

  • Resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile assistance
  • Mock interviews
  • What to do/not do for interviews (e.g. group interviews, zoom interviews, or in-person interviews)
  • Pre- and post-interview success tips

If you want assistance on your resume or cover letter, you are required to send a draft at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled meeting time. If you need samples to get you started, please ask Katy or Leslie.

Set up an appointment Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., by sending an email to Katy (Zoom or in-person) or Leslie (phone or in-person). These services are open to all (online or in-person) DPAP graduate students (joint program, certificate, or master’s).

Katy Stack

Katy Stack

Director of Career Development
LAW 181
(406) 243-2698

Leslie Ellington-Staal

Leslie Ellington-Staal

Program Coordinator, Admissions and Career Development
LAW 182
(406) 243-6169

Career Assistance

The Department of Public Administration and Policy also partners with Experiential Learning and Career Success (ELCS) to provide job assistance, and the office has numerous resources available to you. Please schedule an appointment with an ELCS career advisor for job assistance and more information about resources.

Current Job Opportunities is a widely used website for finding jobs and career advice for public service and public affairs students and professionals.

AmeriCorps year-long service positions are available in various Montana cities.

Montana Campus Compact (MTCC) Website:

MTCC Application Process:

MTCC Position Descriptions:

Check the Montana Nonprofit Association job board, a statewide resource for those interested in nonprofit careers.

The City of Bozeman is seeking a Deputy City Clerk who thrives in a fast paced, public support environment. The primary function in this role is to perform a variety of complex administrative support duties for the City Clerk, other City staff and the City Commission in the operations of the City Clerk’s office. Full time with benefits. Salary $17.70-20.82/hour. Deadline to apply is 1-19-21. 

Montana Budget & Policy Center is seeking a Senior Budget Strategist to lead the organization’s efforts to maximize the impact of federal and state funds in anti-poverty policies and programs through research, analysis, and advocacy. Full time with benefits, ideally the candidate will be based in Helena, but other locations in Montana will be considered. Salary is $50k to $60k. Position is open until filled, and initial application review begins 2-7-21. 

This City of Missoula is seeking a Program Specialist II for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) initiativesThis newly created position will establish a framework to build organizational capacity to advance the vision of being an “inclusive city where all people can live and celebrate meaningful, purposeful and fulfilling lives in a community offering unparalleled recreational, cultural and entrepreneurial opportunities.” Full time with benefits. Salary is $26.369 to. $26.808 hourly. Position is open until filled (posted in early January). 



Montana Environmental Information Center (MEIC) seeks a Clean Energy Advocate or Director. This position develops and implements MEIC’s clean energy campaigns, which aim to address the climate crisis and accelerate an equitable transition from fossil fuels to clean energy through adoption of creative and strong clean energy policies in Montana. This includes lobbying government officials, working with utilities and state agencies, public advocacy, organizing, outreach, and developing and implementing clean energy programs that restore and protect a clean and healthful environment for all Montanans. Issues include, but are not limited to, renewable energy, storage, conservation and energy efficiency; low-carbon fuels; utility planning; transmission; building decarbonization; and clean transportation. Full time with benefits in Helena, MT, starting salary is $47k-$52k. Position is open until filled.

Families First Learning Lab (FFLL) strengthens families through education, connection, play, and partnership. FFLL is located on the second floor of the Missoula Public Library and offers a variety of Child Enrichment programming focused on building empathy and kindness, social-emotional development, dramatic and imaginative play, and cultural expression.

Multiple positions open, see here for more details:

Internship Opportunities

The goal of the Montana INBRE Native American Graduate Fellowship is to provide an opportunity for highly motivated Native American students who have demonstrated leadership potential in the biomedical, social and behavioral health sciences, as well as in the development of STEM programs and research in tribal colleges, to pursue their doctoral degree. In some cases, applications for study at the master’s degree level will be considered, though applicants are strongly encouraged to pursue the Ph.D. as their terminal degree. Native American Graduate Fellowships cover tuition and provide up to $25,000 stipend depending on other funding and scholarships available to the student.

Applications are welcome at any time; priority review will take place at the following dates: 

-Application review for new funding beginning during a spring semester will begin November 1

-Application review for new funding beginning during a fall semester will begin February 15.

The Montana Budget & Policy Center (MBPC) seeks a State-Tribal Policy Fellow to support our efforts to advance a policy agenda that works for tribal communities. The fellowship is a two-year program sponsored by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; however, the position will be housed at MBPC. The program identifies candidates – with particular attention to those having experience with communities underrepresented in state policy debates – with a demonstrated interest in working on public policies that affect low-income and diverse communities and have implications for racial equity. Minimum salary of $50,000 with benefits, sick leave, etc. Deadline to apply is 2-18-22.

White House Fellows gain first-hand experience in the process of governing the Nation and a sense of personal involvement in the leadership of society. Selected individuals typically spend a year working as a full-time, paid Fellow to senior White House Staff, Cabinet Secretaries, and other top-ranking government officials. Fellows also participate in an education program consisting of roundtable discussions with 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. The 2022-2023 application period runs from Monday, Nov 1, 2021 - Friday, Jan 7, 2022 (closing at 4:59pm EST). 

Montana Entrepreneur Project Support Program provides you with hands on experiential learning while working to help grow a young vibrant Montana startup. This program is for all UM students. You can earn 1, 2 or 3 internship credits through your department. The project support internship is a valuable career development opportunity for students:

  • Obtain real-world experience in business specific to your career interests.
  • Develop a client communication skill set essential to starting businesses and leading teams.
  • Gain an understanding of business tools and strategies applicable to both businesses and non-profits.
  • Connect with passionate, innovative, and creative entrepreneurs.
  • Grow your professional network and open post-graduate career opportunities.

See link above for more info. 

Startup Internships for Accelerate Montana are paid opportunities are a way to obtain real-world experience in business specific to your career interests, develop skills essentials to business and leadership, connect with passionate and innovative entrepreneurs, and open post-graduate career opportunities. To learn more and apply, log into Handshake or contact Accelerate Montana internship manager Sid Paladugu at