On average, students who graduate from our MPA Program have a starting salary of $56,000. Seventy-seven percent of our graduates who do not have employment while pursuing their degree are employed within six months after graduation.
Who do I contact for career assistance?
The UM School of Law’s Katy Stack (Director of Career Development) and Leslie Ellington-Staal (Career Services Program Coordinator) 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
How do I sign up for a career advising appointment?
If you want assistance on your resume or cover letter, you are required to send a draft in advance (at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled meeting time). If you need samples to get you started, please ask Katy or Leslie.
These services are open to all (online or in-person) DPAP graduate students (joint, certificate, or master's).
Please review this portion of our website regularly because it is updated often.
Montana Campus Compact (MTCC) AmeriCorps
AmeriCorps year-long service positions are available in various Montana cities.
Montana Campus Compact (MTCC) Website: https://mtcompact.org/
MTCC Application Process: https://mtcompact.org/americorps-vista/apply-to-serve/full-time-member-application-process/
MTCC Position Descriptions: https://mtcompact.org/americorps-vista/apply-to-serve/service-positions/full-time-positions/
Montana Nonprofit Association
Development Associate for Montana Environmental Association Center
Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI) MPA Fellow at Missoula County
The University of Montana’s MPA program is partnering with Missoula County to create semester-long local government internships. The intern(s) who fills the JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) Fellow position (pdf) should expect to deepen their understanding of Missoula County and local government by engaging projects for the city and county. It is essential that applicants to this position have excellent communication skills, demonstrate creativity, and understand the importance of being able to work independently. Deadline to apply is 6-20-21.
Human Resource Generalist II | City of Missoula
The Human Resource Generalist II performs tasks required to administer and execute human resource programs including but not limited to recruitment, compensation, benefits, and leave; disciplinary matters; disputes and investigations; performance and talent management; productivity, recognition, and morale; occupational health and safety; and training and development. The successful candidate will have a proven interest in diversity and inclusion and understand and balance the interests of employees, managers, and labor partners. Full time with benefits, $27-$28/hour DOE. Priority screening will begin on 6-18-21 and applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.
Grants Administrator III - American Rescue Plan Act | City of Missoula
The ARPA Grants Administrator III will administer complex and large-scale grants received by the local government, acting as the Citys expert on federal regulations and grant opportunities concerning economic development and stimulus, including the American Rescue Plan Act, American Recovery Act, and the American Family Act. This role will act as the local government liaison related to ARPA funds, communicating with necessary federal agencies, grantees, and contract holders. Full time with benefits, $24.63/hour. Applicant screening will begin on 6-16-21 and applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established
Senior Deputy City Clerk | City of Missoula
JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) Fellow at Missoula County
Research Analyst for the Montana State Legislature
Montana INBRE Native American Graduate Fellowship
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.
Internship at the International Public Policy Association (in France)
The International Public Policy Association (IPPA) is offering a student internship at its head office located at ENTPE - University of Lyon, France. The intern will contribute to the development of the International Public Policy Association (IPPA) by working on:
- The organization of the International Workshops on Public Policy (IWPP2)
- Creating Winter/Spring/Summer school sessions: Alps
- Managing the association's website and social networks
- Sending out IPPA newsletters
- Managing members relations for the association
- Assisting daily in the administration and management of the association
The internship will run from Sept/Oct 2021 to Jan/Feb 2022. Pay is 550 euros/month for 35 hours/week schedule, in addition to 50% reimbursement of public transit costs and access to the ENTPE cafeteria. Deadline to apply is 6-30-21.
Pi Alpha Alpha Social Media & Virtual Summit Coordinator Internship
Missoula Food Bank
The Missoula Food Bank currently has several opportunities, including two food security policy internships (one childhood, one nutrition program), that may be a good fit for students in the Department of Public Administration. Apply on Handshake.
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 email@example.com.
- For the Rural/Indigenous Startup Internship, apply on Handshake.
- For the Missoula Startup Internship, apply on Handshake.
- Jennifer Zellmer-Cuaresma, Director of Student-Athlete Support Services
- Shyra Scott, Missoula County Recording Director
- Anne Hughes, Missoula County Chief Operating Officer
- Dayna Swanson, Director of Government Relations at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
- Tim Fox, former Montana Attorney General
- Christi Jacobsen, Montana Secretary of State
- Rob Gannon, City of Missoula Chief Financial Officer
- Eldena Bear Don’t Walk, tribal judge, first female Chief Justice of the Crow Tribe
- Debra DuMontier, Office of Special Trustee for American Indians
- Deena Mansour, Executive Director of the Mansfield Center
- Jesse Mahugh, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flathead County
- Aubrie Lyons, Director of Montana World Affairs Council
- Mike Halligan, Executive Director of the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation