Jobs & Internships
If you are looking for an internship or a job, the Career and Professional Development Center is a great ﬁrst stop. EHPP’s advisor is Ms Debra Ignelzi. For an appointment to help you research internship tips, contact alumnae/i, or make a career plan, please contact:
The Career and Professional Development Center is in the basement of the University Center.
For more info, check out:
Current Internship and Career Opportunities (as of November 1, 2012):
Note: Opportunities compiled via internet research, forums, members only databases, word of mouth and peer recommendation.
The Alliance for Excellent Education
The Alliance for Excellent Education is a national policy, research, and advocacy organization. Its mission is to promote high school transformation to make it possible for every child to graduate prepared for postsecondary education and success in life. The Alliance develops and advocates for research-based national and federal policies that support effective secondary school reform. Specifically, the organization aims to assure that high standards, aligned to college and work readiness, are in place in all schools and that students are provided with the supports they need to attain academic success. The Alliance's efforts are based on the premise that, if given the right environment and tools, every student can achieve.
Open to an undergraduate or graduate student interested in public policy, education, or federal advocacy. Candidate must have excellent oral communication, research, organization, and writing skills. Familiarity with policy organizations, federal policy, or the education field a plus.
The intern will work closely with all members of the policy/advocacy staff in Alliance efforts and will:
- Assist staff by conducting legislative research, developing policy fact sheets, tracking federal legislation, and attending congressional hearings and briefings.
- Provide staff with support in research and analysis of various topics, organizations, and key players in the field.
- Assist in the development of case studies of promising practices in education.
- Attend conferences, briefings, and forums as a representative of the Alliance.
- Assist in the preparation of Alliance publications and events.
- Keep staff abreast of trends in education reform.
- Provide any other support to the president and staff as needed.
This position is paid. Interns are hired for employment on the academic semester schedule for fall, spring, and summer terms.
Applications for spring 2013 are now being accepted. Please send a resume, list of references, writing sample, and cover letter expressing interest in the position and dates of availability. Please include all application materials in one document. Applications may be emailed (preferred) or mailed.
Application deadline for spring 2013 internships is November 2, 2012.
Contact: Martens Roc at firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Coordinator, High School Operations and Scholarship Programs - CIEE
Department: USA High School
Reports To: Manager, High School Operations
Location: CIEE Headquarters in Portland, Maine
Council on International Educational Exchange is a non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to our mission to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world. Founded in 1947, CIEE is a worldwide leader in international education and exchange programs.
Summary of Position: The Program Coordinator will work as part of the High School Operations and
Scholarship Programs Team to complete the day-to-day responsibilities and assist with the overall administrative process for a variety of CIEE High School Exchange programs including FLEX, YES, A-SMYLE and CBYX programs. These programs are designed to immerse High School students in a new culture and promote intercultural awareness and understanding and are sponsored by the US Department of State.
• Maintain students' files and program databases
• Assist the Operations Manager, USAHS Program Director and Regional Directors in student placement process - answer inquiries, provide student data, track placements
• Work with the Director of Operations and Scholarship Programs on completing all Grant Programs Program Monitoring and Compliance requirements as called for by the US Department of State
• Plan and implement annual High School Grants training for Local Coordinators
• Provide ongoing training on Grant Programs for office and field staff via phone, email and in-person
• Ensure completion of Grant program requirements by students and CIEE field staff
• Assist the Director of Operations and Scholarship Programs in compiling quarterly and annual program reports and preparation and submission of annual grant proposals as required by the US Department of State
• Organize and participate in arrival orientations and re-entry seminars, including: coordinating materials, revising content for workshops and scheduling meeting components
• Work on website content and maintain communication with students and field staff through consistent email updates
• Assist in providing content to CIEE's web pages, social networks, intranet and extranet pages, as well as online newsletters and student publications
• Assist with marketing and program communication, as well as tracking of student community service and enhancement activities
• Prepare student monthly stipend requests and track student and field staff finances
• Work to ensure successful inbound and outbound flight arrangements for Grants students
• Provide administrative support--including mailings to constituents, placement updates, and processing/distribution of student applications
• Assist with content planning and implementation of annual programs, including local coordinator trainings, student orientations, national and international meetings
• Other duties as assigned
Knowledge & Skill Requirements:
• Bachelors degree required
• Honest and open communication with a desire to work on a team
• Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
• Ability to work effectively in a dynamic, changing environment
• Strong organizational skills with an extreme attention to detail
• High level public speaking skills with the ability to effectively present to a variety of audiences about CIEE and the USA High School program
• Competency with the entire Microsoft Office Suite required
• Availability and willingness to travel extensively, up to 20% of the time, on domestic and international trips required
• Budget and finance experience preferred
• International work, study or significant travel experience preferred
Due to federal regulations a background check will be conducted as a condition of employment.
Interested candidates please email a cover letter and resume to email@example.com. Please put "Program Coordinator, High School Operations and Scholarship Programs" in the subject line. We will contact those candidates we would like to meet with to further discuss this exciting opportunity. No phone calls please.
Intern - Department of Education
Do you have an interest in education policy analysis or research? In intergovernmental relations or public affairs? Does working with social media while learning about the role of the Federal government in education sound like your cup of tea?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, or if you think you might have a future in government or education, then an internship at the Department of Education could be for you.
Not only will an internship at ED provide an opportunity to learn first-hand about federal education policy while developing a variety of other skills, including writing, researching, communication, and time-management skills, but interns are also encouraged to participate in group intern events, such as brownbag lunches with ED officials, movie nights, and local tours. For many, one of the many advantages of an ED internship is the proximity to such historical and celebrated sites it provides via its location at our nation's capital.
ED accepts intern applications on a rolling year-long schedule, but due to the competitive nature of securing an internship at ED, applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. If you are interested in interning this upcoming spring term, there are three materials you must send in before being considered for an interview:
A. A cover letter summarizing why you wish to work at ED and stating your previous experiences in the line of education, if any. Include here what particular offices interest you, keeping in mind that due to the volume of applications received, you may not be awarded with your first-choice office upon acceptance.
B. An updated resume.
C. A completed copy of the Intern Application (attached)
Once these three documents are finalized, prospective interns should send them in one email to StudentInterns@ed.gov with the subject line formatted as follows: Last Name, First Name: Spring Intern Application.
An internship at ED is one of the best ways a student can learn about education policy and working in the civil service, but it is not limited to this definition. Your internship at ED is where you will develop crucial workplace skills that will help you down whatever career path you choose, and it is also where you will meet fellow students like yourself who share your passions for education, learning, and engagement.
If anyone has questions about this opportunity, please feel free to reach out to Alisha Scruggs (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Alisha K. Scruggs, Ph.D.
Management and Program Analyst
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue S.W. | Washington, D.C. 20202
Phone: (202) 205-5272 | Fax: (202) 205-5870
$10,000 scholarship opportunities with the Global Debate & Public Policy Challenge
I wanted to let you know that we have just kicked off the Second Annual Global Debate & Public Policy Challenge, which is a unique annual competition designed to engage undergraduates and recent grads in ongoing public debate and reflection on issues affecting the global community. The Challenge offers students from across continents and educational disciplines an opportunity to explore issues from different points of view. The competition will culminate in a final competition in Budapest in June 2013. Could you please forward this e-mail to your students, other colleagues in your department, as well as to any other undergraduate students who may be interested in winning a $10,000 scholarship and participating in the Challenge? I have included all pertinent information as well as detailed registration details below. Thank you for your help promoting the Challenge!
The first annual Challenge was a huge success (see video below!) and we hope to attract a wide range of students into the realm of policy advocacy this year as well! Finalists from all over the globe gathered in the Hungarian capital to attend workshops to improve their policy advocacy and public speaking skills as well as compete in progressive rounds of competition for prizes up to $10,000. This year's 23 finalists represented 11 countries including China, Croatia, Estonia, Ethiopia, India, Macedonia, Mauritius, Moldova, Morocco, United Kingdom and United States, and we would like expand our
This year's theme "Digital Freedom and Its Limits" explores what policies governments or other groups should adopt to enhance the potential of digital technology to benefit individuals and societies. It also encourages debates about the limits on internet freedom and covers issues related to social networks, privacy, child safety, freedom, censorship, democracy, transparency, national security and much more.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? Undergraduate students currently enrolled in an accredited college or university anywhere in the world, as well as recent graduates.*
REGISTER NOW AT: www.gdppc.org
How Much Are the Scholarships & Stipends and What Can They Be Used For?
Participants in the 2012-2013 Challenge are eligible to:
• Win a trip to Budapest, Hungary to attend the second annual Global Debate and Public Policy Challenge at Central European University in June 2013.
• Win one of five possible $10,000 prizes: a scholarship towards graduate study or a stipend to work at a non-profit institution of the winner's choice in a field related to Public Policy.*
From the participants who are chosen to participate at the final stage of the Challenge, the Forum in Budapest, there will be up to five $10,000 winners. Each winner will receive either a scholarship payable to a Graduate School of the winner's choice for study in a field related to Public Policy or a grant payable to a non-profit institution of the winner's choice for an internship or placement in a field related to Public Policy. The winners get to choose the option they prefer. Please see the Prizes page for more information. The rules of the competition are available here.
HOW CAN STUDENTS WIN?
1) Register for the Challenge at http://gdppc.idebate.org/content/gdppc-join-challenge
2) Review the materials on the website
3) Prepare and submit your 800-1,200 word policy memo by 30 November 2012
The Challenge consists of two written tasks and culminates at the Forum in Budapest, where the final round of the competition will take place and the scholarships awarded. Any undergraduate or recent graduate* studying any subject, anywhere in the world, can take part by submitting a paper in Round 1. From these submissions up to 200 participants will be selected to proceed to Round 2. Once those are judged, up to 50 finalists will win trips to Budapest with the cost of travel and accommodation paid by the organisers. Finalists will attend workshops with their peers to hone their public speaking and advocacy skills.
How will the papers be evaluated? Don't worry if you're not a native speaker of English! Judges use evaluation criteria to assess each student's contribution, which focuses on the ability to develop evidence to support arguments, not language ability.
What Do I Need To Do To Enter The Challenge and Become Eligible to Win?
If you haven't already done so, register for the competition at the new Idebate website. Then, prepare and submit your policy memo by 30 November 2012. That's it!
Here is a step-by-step guide for how to Register:
- In order to Join the Challenge, you must have an IDebate username and password, which is free and takes just a second to do.
- If you already have an IDebate account please log-in to Join the Challenge, and then go here.
- If you don't have an IDebate username and password, you need to register first here.
- After logging with your IDebate username and password, you should visit the Challenge registration page where you will need to answer a few questions about yourself. Then you will receive the code for submitting your task by November 30th.
- If you participated in the 2011-2012 Challenge but you don't have an IDebate username and password, you will need to re-register on this new Challenge website.
The process is quick and easy.
I have attached a flyer to this e-mail describing the Challenge, and would be very grateful if you could post around your campuses as well as hand out to your students, post on facebook, and any other lists you are on for undergraduate students or recent grads. If I can supply any additional information to you, or if you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to let me know.
I also encourage you to check out this video from the first annual Challenge, which is really inspiring!
The View From Budapest: Inside the First Global Debate and Public Policy Challenge
Take a look behind the scenes and meet the 2011-2012 Challenge Finalists.
Introduction: The Centre for Micro Finance (CMF) in India is a young, fast growing organization focusing on improving access to financial services for the poor through cutting-edge research, knowledge dissemination and outreach to policy makers and practitioners. CMF's strategy is to use rigorous, empirical research to:
Inform practice: The microfinance sector is evolving rapidly, and practitioners experiment with new products and new programmes. Through research, CMF provides evidence on what works and what does not.
- Inform policy: The policy environment for microfinance has important implications for its expansion and its impact. CMF supports policy debates with empirical data and analysis, and provides further insight to policy-makers from its field experience.
- Towards this goal, CMF aims to facilitate a process where research questions emerge from the local policy context and policy and programmatic decisions are guided by research outcomes.
Research Associates: CMF's Research Associates are at the heart of our work. They independently supervise various research projects on behalf of our partners-India's microfinance institutions such as SKS, Spandana and Bandhan and world-class universities such as MIT, Harvard, and Yale. Research Associates report to a Programme Head, who supervises a number of research projects. CMF is currently hiring Research Associates for a broad number of positions across India
Key responsibilities of the Research Associate
- In association with our partner organization, oversee implementation of the impact evaluation
- Maintain relationship with partner financial institution at both headquarters and field levels
- Maintain relationship with partner academic institutions located overseas
- Supervise a field team of a Project Assistant, Quality Monitors and other staff
- Oversee relationship with data-collection and data-entry contractors
- Ensure quality of data during data collection and assist with data cleaning
- Identify and collect useful administrative data
- Disseminate preliminary and final research results through publications, conferences, and/or innovative methods such as Podcasts or blog articles
Qualifications and Skills
- Bachelors or Master's degree in development-related field preferred
- Fluency in English required; fluency in Tamil preferred
- Previous experience in development research preferred
- Familiarity with statistical analysis packages (eg SPSS, Stata, R) preferred
- Flexibility and ability to deal with uncertainty. Adaptability to project needs and schedules.
- Experience and maturity in relationship management
- Ability to work independently
- Willingness to travel required
Compensation: CMF provides a highly competitive salary in the industry.
To Apply: Please send your resume, cover letter, and a writing sample to email@example.com. Please indicate in the subject line that you are applying for the Research Associate position. We will contact you shortly after submission if we are interested in interviewing you.
Resident Director, Colby College, Salamanca, Spain
The Office of Off-Campus Study invites applications for a Resident Director (RD) for its study abroad program in
The Resident Director is responsible for coordinating all aspects of the on-site operation of the first semester abroad program (fall semester only) as well as the study abroad semester for juniors (both fall and spring semesters). The RD works regularly with all staff on site and in the U.S. including Colby staff, students, parents, and members of the host institution, faculty in U.S. and on site, local vendors and professionals. The RD is responsible for the overall quality of the program as well as long term planning and program development. Specific duties fall within program management, academic affairs, and student services.
For a detailed job description and how to apply see http://www.colby.edu/administration_cs/humanresources/employment/resdirspain.cfm
Net Impact, a community of changemakers, is hiring multiple positions
Originally Posted on the Peace and Collaborative Development Website
For more information, please visit: https://netimpact.org/about-net-impact/about-us/join-our-team/join-our-team-welcome?searchterm=net+impact+hiring
Net Impact is a community of more than 30,000 changemakers using our careers to tackle the world's toughest problems. As we enter our 20th year, we're kicking off a ten-year strategic plan that means big growth, big ideas, and even bigger impact. And we're looking for some committed, collaborative talent to join our team of fun-loving but hard-working leaders to make it happen. Are you up for the challenge? Then check out our open positions below.
● The Community Growth & Engagement Director will lead that team, working collaboratively across the organization as a key member of the leadership team. This position has potential for enormous impact by inspiring and supporting thousands of people to use their jobs to change the world.
● The Director of Web Strategy & Product is a new position with broad responsibility for Net Impact's online strategy, execution, products and services on netimpact.org. He/she will gather web-related business requirements from different teams, integrate them into a product roadmap, and work with our technology partners to bring our team's vision to life on the web.
● The Office Manager & Executive Assistant is a full-time position responsible for supporting the CEO and keeping the organization running smoothly by managing all office systems that support our staff of 30+.
Vittana Fellows Program
Vittana is looking for skilled, highly committed and passionate volunteer professionals to work on-the-ground with our microfinance institution (MFI) partners abroad. Fellows will be tasked with helping create, support, and evaluate student lending programs with our MFI partners. The field is where our real work gets done, and we're looking for enthusiastic, hard-working, ambitious individuals to help us.
This is not your average volunteer position. You will walk away from this experience having managed the launch or scaling of a student lending product at a highly innovative MFI and having developed a deep understanding for the inner workings, challenges, and opportunities of working abroad in the field of microfinance. You will have the opportunity to help change the lives of thousands of young people.
Vittana combines the massive reach of microfinance with the transformative power of education by building the world's first student microloan programs with MFI partners in developing countries. On Vittana.org, anyone with $25 can help a young man or woman access the education they need to become a teacher, nurse, welder, or hundreds of other professions. Since it was established in 2009, Vittana has created ~$2.2M in loans for more than 3,518 students in 13 countries in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Vittana loans have a 99.8% repayment rate and on average can triple someone's income - that is, take someone living on $3 per day to $9 per day. By demonstrating that student microloans are the most scalable, sustainable, and impactful tool we have to fight global poverty, we can change the global conversation about education.
YOUR WORK AS A FELLOW:
● Market Research
Work with MFI staff and/or a third-party firm to perform an analysis of the potential demand for student loans by interviewing existing and potential clients, creating and distributing surveys to local students and MFI staff, and leading focus groups
● Assist the MFI in the collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative survey and focus group data
● Product Development & Pilot Launch
● Support the MFI's student loan product development process, culminating in a one-week Vittana-led innovation workshop with MFI management and staff
● Ensure necessary logistics and benchmarks are met in advance of the launch of a pilot program
● Serve as an intermediary between the MFI and other major stakeholders (i.e. students, vocational and technical schools, universities, etc.)
● Tailor the MFI's marketing and operational resources to effectively integrate the student loan product into the MFI's day-to-day operations
● Design and run training sessions for MFI staff on Vittana lending policies and procedures
● Capacity Building & Pilot Evaluation
● Liaise between Vittana and MFI staff to assess the pilot and identify areas for improvement
● Ensure continued focus on and progress toward goals for the successful launch of the student loan as a core product offering
● Generate multi-media content for the Vittana website in the form of student stories, photos, and video interviews
● AND probably the most exciting, interesting, and potentially life-changing thing you've ever done!
● Please note: This is an unpaid volunteer position. We do offer a $1,000 travel reimbursement given in two stipends for the first 12 weeks and $50 for each week thereafter.
FELLOW CANDIDATES SHOULD HAVE:
● A willingness to commit a minimum of 12 weeks in-country (strong preference given to applicants able to commit to 4 months or more).
● Some international work, travel or life experience
● Strong critical thinking, problem-solving skills
● Independence and the ability to identify and address a need with little direction
● Ability to recognize an problem/opportunity and work towards fixing it/taking advantage of it
● Flexibility, ability to easily adapt to ever-changing circumstances
● Impeccable communication skills in a professional environment
● Proficiency with MS Office Suite and web tools (Gmail, Skype, WordPress, etc.)
● Minimum 2 - 3 years of work experience or equivalent
● At least 21 years of age
OTHER SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE WE NOTICE:
§ Project management and/or market research experience
§ Demonstrated interest in education, microfinance, or international development
§ Demonstrated track record for delivering results on challenging projects, whether professional, volunteer, or personal
§ Positive, optimistic, "can do" attitude. This is hard work, but it doesn't mean it can't be fun
§ Fluency in Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese, Filipino dialects, or Bahasa Indonesian (depending on placement)
CURRENT GEOGRAPHIC PRIORITIES:
§ Africa: Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa
§ Americas: Bolivia, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru
§ Asia: Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam
§ Middle East: Jordan
HOW TO APPLY:
1. Prepare a list of three references, your resume and a cover letter telling us why you are drawn to this experience and what you'll bring to it.
2. Submit your three documents to us via our Fellows Application Form: http://vittana.wufoo.com/forms/vittana-fellows-application/
WHEN TO APPLY:
Vittana is currently accepting applications for our Fellowship program on a rolling basis. Start dates will be mutually determined based on applicant preference and Vittana partners' needs. Our application deadlines are as follows:
Fellowship Start Date:
December, January, February
October 15, 2012
March, April, May (2013)
January 15, 2013
June, July, August (2013)
April 15, 2013
September, October, November (2013)
July 15th, 2013
If you have any additional questions, you can contact Nikki SanchezComeau, our Global Program Associate, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grants: Student and Professional Photographers - Students Apply by 2/1/13 -
Professionals Apply by 1/18/13
Originally Posted on the Peace and Collaborative Development Website
For more information and to apply, please visit: http://www.alexiafoundation.org/grants
Cross-posted from: https://twitter.com/alexiafdn/status/256093472304537600
The Alexia Grants
Applications for the 2013 grants will be accepted beginning Nov. 15, 2012.
The Alexia Foundation offers production grants to students and professional photographers to give them the financial ability to produce substantial stories that drive change in the effort to make the world a better place.
Students also get scholarship opportunities. See rules below for details on each.
The application deadline for the professional grant is Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 at 5 p.m. Eastern time.
The deadline for the student grants is Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at 5 p.m. Eastern time.
For more information and to apply, please visit: http://www.alexiafoundation.org/grants
Cross-posted from: https://twitter.com/alexiafdn/status/256093472304537600
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EHPP Career Options (from Debra Ignelzi in the Career and Professional Development Center)As a Carnegie Mellon University student majoring in Ethics, History and Public Policy (EHPP), it is important to ask yourself several questions when thinking about your future career direction:
-Do I want to further my education after I graduate? If so, how much time do I want to invest in higher education?
-Do I want a job that involves my studies in EHPP?
-What skills do I want to use in my work?
-Do I want to work domestically or internationally?
-Do I see myself working for a big corporation, a smaller company, government, non-profit or NGO? Or, do I want to be my own boss?
- Is a high salary a priority for me?
When considering the total salary of a job or career, make sure that you take into account what the cost of living is for the area where you decide to live.
These questions can serve as a beginning for your career thinking and planning. It is normal to take several years to formulate and implement them, so it is important to start early. Your Career Consultant can be instrumental in guiding this process with you. Schedule an appointment by calling the Career and Professional Development Center at 412-268-2064.
Getting experience and building marketable skills
To confirm your career plans and also to become more marketable, it is a good idea to apply for internships in fields that attract your attention. Internships offer valuable work experience and allow you to get a realistic idea for what a field entails.
A good place to start searching for an internship is the Career and Professional Development Center's TartanTrak at http://www.studentaffairs.cmu.edu/career/tartantrak/index.html., If you have a specific company or organization in mind, look up their contact information or website to find out about programs they may offer for students. Also, many interesting internships have been created by students with an interest in a particular organization or topic. If you seeking a summer internship, start your search as early as possible so that you have plenty of time to prepare your resume and interview. Be sure to visit the Career Success Guides also available at the Career Center's website that cover topics such as finding an internship, interviewing and resources fort the job and internship search
Possible Career Directions
Career options in for EHPP are broad, exciting and offer many opportunities to impact policy in many sectors and connect with different cultures. Studying abroad and knowing a second language in addition to your core academics are great additions to your career development. Here is a sampling of resources to begin exploring possibilities.
Ethics has become a "hot-button" issue in recent years. From "creative accounting" to stem cell research, from Jeffrey Skilling to Terry Schiavo, the preoccupation with the moral aspects of business, medicine, and public policy has become a topic of public conversation and debate. The outgrowth of this trend has been that a large number of US businesses have added ethics and compliance functions and staffing, universities and hospitals have strengthened institutional review boards, state and municipal authorities have started to pay attention to the moral implications of their actions, and numerous non-profit organizations have been created to study the implications of developments in biotechnology, environmental practices and political resource allocation. It is this growing interest in ethics that have fueled an increase in studies in this area.
EHPP can be an essential foundation for careers in ethics-related positions in governmental, non-governmental, professional and business sectors. In addition, it is an excellent preparation for students who want to earn law degrees or doctoral degrees in philosophy, political science and public policy.
Here is a site to visit to learn about this growing occupational area:
Ethical Compliance Officer Association: www.theecoa.org/iMIS15/ECOAPublic/
Among the career areas you can consider are: advertising executive, analyst, archivist, broadcaster, campaign worker, consultant, congressional aide, editor, foreign service officer, foundation staffer, information specialist, intelligence agent, journalist, legal assistant, lobbyist, personnel manager, public relations staffer, researcher, teacher . . . the list can be almost endless. More specifically, though, with a degree in history you can be an educator, researcher, communicator or editor, information manager, advocate, or even a businessperson.
Here are some websites that have very specific applications to the history major:
American Historical Association: www.historians.org
American Philological Association: www.apaclassics.org
Beyond Academe: www.beyondacademe.org
Career Alternatives for Art Historians: www.nd.edu/~crosenbe/jobs.html
H-Net Job Guide for the Humanities and Social Sciences: www.h-net.org
Public policy is issue-driven and virtually every career field has policy-related jobs. There are many ways to do policy work. Advocacy organizations, labor unions and lobbyists work to influence and change policy. Think tanks conduct research and analysis on policy issues. Politicians are the policy-makers with legislative support agencies from all employment sectors doing policy analysis. Public administrators implement policy.
Most policy and research organizations are looking for a combination of the following skills in an intern:
- Strong research skills to collect or analyze data and to synthesize complex information
- Evidence of quantitative abilities/knowledge of statistics and economics
- A clear, persuasive writing style to monitor and/or report data
- Public speaking
- Knowledge of legal, political issues
- Knowledge of and commitment to a particular public affair issue or constituency
- Ability to work independently on multiple tasks
The links below can help you investigate career paths related to your field of interest and have links to organizations that may have internship opportunities. Career fields that may be of particular interest are Government, Law & Public Policy, and Nonprofit & Public Service.
Policy Jobs www.policyjobs.org
Foreign Policy Association Job Board: www.fpa.org/jobs
NIRA World Directory of Think Tanks: www.nira.or.jp/past/ice/nwdtt/2005/index.html
Brookings Institute: www.brooking.edu
Education Sector: www.educationsector.org
The Heritage Foundation: www.heritage.org
International Monetary Fund: (IMF) www.imf.org
USAJOBS (Office of Personnel Mgmt.): http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/
US State Department: http://www.state.gov
Federal Bureau of Investigation: http://www.fbi.gov/
Central Intelligence Agency: http://www.cia.gov
US Agency for International Development: www.usaid.gov
National Security Agency: http://www.nsa.gov:8080
Peace Corps: http://www.peacecorps.gov/
Defense Intelligence Agency: http://www.dia.mil
The Electronic Embassy: http://www.embassy.org/
Inter-American Foundation: www.iaf.gov/index/index_en.asp
Global Impact www.charity.org
Charity Village (Canada): www.charityvillage.com/cv/main.asp
Corporation for National & Community Service: www.nationalservice.gov/
The Chronicle of Philanthropy: www.philanthropy.com/jobs/
For a customized or expanded list of resources, contact your Career Consultant.
Salaries will vary, depending upon the industry of interest and educational attainment. An excellent place to begin searching salary and occupation data is the Occupational Outlook Handbook at http://www.bls.gov/oco/. Salary data for students who graduate with an EHPP undergraduate degree from Carnegie Mellon can be founds at www.studentaffairs.cmu.edu/career/students_alumni/post-grad-survey/pdf/philosophy.pdf. While EHPP statistics are combined with Philosophy at this time, EHPP will be reported separately for 2010.