Master of Public Affairs

Where Can You Go With UNCG's MPA?

The MPA Program provides assistance for students in their job search.  Advising for MPA students is related to career objectives, and the campus Career Services Center offers resume writing and interviewing assistance. For preservice students, the internship is designed to provide experience relevant to the type of employment desired after graduation. The program circulates the resumes of graduates seeking employment and advises them as they contact potential employers.

Examples of recent preservice placements are:

  • ABE Program Coordinator, Reading Connections
  • Program Specialist, NC FAST, DSS Rockingham County
  • Deputy Director, Zoning and Inspections Department, City of Winchester, VA
  • Volunteer Services Coordinator, ADTS of Rockingham County
  • Case Manager, Housing Coalition
  • Research Associate and Special Projects Manager, Downtown Greensboro, Inc.
  • Marketing and Communications Director, Carolina Adoption Services
  • Community Development Planner, Town of Aberdeen, NC
  • Director of Service Scholars, Pfeiffer College
  • Internal Auditor, Office of the Inspector General, City of Washington, DC
  • Technician, Guilford Emergency Management
  • Volunteer Coordinator, Greensboro Urban Ministry
  • Communications Officer, NC Humanities Council
  • Analyst, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Vermont
  • Communications & Partnerships Manager, UNC Greensboro

Below is a sample of current positions of alumni who graduated with a UNCG MPA within the past five years.

Local Government

  • Director, Guilford County Board of Elections
  • Music Center Director, City of Greensboro
  • Communications Officer, City of High Point
  • Early Voting Director, Guilford County Board of Elections
  • Community Development Coordinator, City of Lexington, NC
  • Budget Management Analyst, City of Roanoke, VA
  • Finance Officer, Town of Pittsboro, NC
  • Auditor, Office of the Inspector General, District of Columbia
  • Town Manager, Town of Yadkinville, NC
  • Management Analyst, Forsyth County Budget & Management Office
  • Stormwater Education & Outreach Coordinator, Piedmont Triad Regional Council
  • Accountability Specialist, City of Greensboro
  • Public Information Officer, City of Burlington, NC
  • Eligibility Case Worker, Guilford County Department of Social Services
  • Finance Director, Town of Kernersville, NC

State Government

  • Certification Specialist, NC Office of the State Fire Marshall, Western Region
  • Program Evaluator, North Carolina General Assembly
  • Assistant Special Agent in Charge, NC State Bureau of Investigation
  • Constituent Liaison for the Senate President Pro Tempore, North Carolina General Assembly
  • Program Coordinator, North Carolina Center for Global Logistics

Federal Government

  • Revenue Officer, Internal Revenue Service
  • Program Analyst, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health & Human Services, Baltimore, MD
  • Analyst, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Vermont

Nonprofit Organizations

  • Citizenship Program Director, Church World Service
  • President, Greensboro Chamber of Commerce
  • Program Officer, Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro
  • Volunteer Services Coordinator, Aging, Disability & Transit Services of Rockingham County (ADTS)
  • Vice President, Children's Home Society of North Carolina
  • Environmental Advocate, Delaware Nature Society
  • Executive Director, Rapid Resource for Families, Inc.
  • Business Development & Leadership Giving Specialist, United Way of Greater Greensboro
  • Assistant Box Office Manager, Triad Stage, Inc.
  • Grant Research Manager, Center for Creative Leadership
  • Business Development Services Manager, Greensboro Economic Development Alliance
  • Donor Relations Coordinator, Niagara University, Lewiston, NY
  • Volunteer Services Coordinator, Greensboro Urban Ministry
  • Development Assistant, Triad Health Project
  • Program Specialist, Livestrong Foundation, Austin, TX
  • Southeast Regional Director, March of Dimes Foundation
  • Placement Coordinator, Youthville, Wichita, Kansas
  • Employee Development Manager, CVPH Medical Center, Plattsburgh, NY

Colleges and Universities

  • Associate Director of Development, Annual Giving, UNCG
  • Assistant Director of Scheduling & Event Services, American University
  • Program Assistant at Robertson Scholars Program, Duke University
  • Research Associate II, Winston-Salem State University
  • Grants & Contracts Administrator, Wake Forest University Health Services
  • Internal Auditor, Wake Technical Community College
  • Budget Officer, Bryan School of Business & Economics, UNCG

Private Business/Consulting

  • Communications Specialist, Mack Trucks, Inc./Volvo Trucks North America
  • Consultant, NPH Consultant
  • Owner and Consultant, HULZ Communications

4.3.4b Employment Statistics Su '10, Fa '10, Sp '11 Su '11, Fa'11, Sp '12
  Pre-Service In-Service Pre-Service In-Service
National or central government in the same country as the program        
State, provincial or regional government in the same country as the program   2 1 1
City, county, or other local government in the same country as the program 2 4 5 4
Foreign government (all levels) or international quasi-governmental        
Nonprofit domestic-oriented 3 5 7 5
Nonprofit/NGOs internationally-oriented        
Private Sector - Research/Consulting        
Private Sector but not research/consulting 1   1  
Obtaining further education     1  
Unemployed 1      
Status Unknown 1      
  8 11 15 10