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.

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 and cover letter 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 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 masters).

Jobs and Internships

Please review this portion of our website regularly because it is updated often.


  • is a widely used website for finding jobs and career advice for public service and public affairs students and professionals.
  • AmeriCorps Service Positions (MT, various cities) 
  • Montana Nonprofit Association job board 
    Statewide resource for those interested in a nonprofit career.
  • Program Manager for Boys & Girls Clubs of Missoula County This position is responsible for overseeing all internal operations of the Boys & Girls Club of Missoula County’s (BGCM) After-School and Summer Clubs. Full time, salary range is $28k - $33k. Looking to hire quickly--applications due Friday, Jan 15, 2021 with interviews the following week and tentative start date of 1-25-21. 
  • Policy & Accreditation Support Specialist for Western Montana Mental Health Center (pdf) (Missoula, MT) This position is responsible for developing, maintaining, managing, coordinating, and supporting the accreditation, licensing, and policy and procedure functions. 


    Notable Alumni

    Local/State Communities

    • 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

    Tribal Communities

    • Eldena Bear Don’t Walk, tribal judge, first female Chief Justice of the Crow Tribe
    • Debra DuMontier, Office of Special Trustee for American Indians

    Nonprofit/International Communities

    • 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