Professional and Leadership Development and Resources

Ensuring Students Leave Penn State Prepared for the Job Market

The Penn State Master of Public Policy program is a professional degree program with curriculum that ensures that students have the skills to be job-ready. The program also programs unique professional development programming, opportunities and resources to students.

Our strategy:

  • Internship Placement
  • Career Coaching
  • Leadership Development
  • Professional Development

We provide resources for our students including regular professional development opportunities and resources:


Upcoming Events

Policy Profiles 

The School of Public Policy will welcome professionals who have pursued careers in policy to take part in a series of virtual discussions about their professional experience. We'll talk about how they have leveraged their public policy training in their careers. Some topics we will explore include — what they do, how their position impacts policy, what they have done to make an impact, and advice for students in their early public policy careers.   


Perspectives Series

Faculty from Penn State's School of Public Policy discuss timely issues and major social challenges as they provide perspectives about the impact and implementation of policy on everyday life. The series will address several current policy-relevant issues including environmental policy, racial inequities and policy, health policy, minimum wage and labor issues, maternal care and leave policies, Biden's first 100 days and his policy agenda challenges. 


Strategies for Career and Leadership Success

Join the School of Public Policy for a new virtual professional development series, “Strategies for Career and Leadership Success.” The series will provide career and leadership skills for students, recent graduates, and current professionals. Viewers will have the opportunity to improve interview skills, develop an effective professional presence, maximize the internship experience, learn to build organizational relationships, and more. 

Each session will be held via Zoom and will consist of a brief interview followed by questions from the audience.


Contact , director of professional development and student engagement, for more information.