Career Development

MPA students have access to a wide variety of networks for employment and internship search assistance.

CUPPA Career Center Website

Information on employment opportunities, assistantships, internships and scholarships is available through the CUPPA Career Center website. If you receive information that should be posted to the website on jobs, assistantships, internships or educational funding send this information to

University of Illinois Alumni Association (UIAA)

The UIAA serves all program graduates in both social and professional ways. During the final year of the MPA program, every MPA student receives free collegiate membership in UIAA. This entitles members to all the privileges and benefits of alumni association membership prior to graduation and continues free of charge up to six months after graduation. Benefits related to placement offered by UIAA include access to a searchable database of more than half a million Illinois alumni including other PA and related degree alums. This powerful networking tool allows students to access alumni with information and assistance concerning career development, internship/externships, mentoring and a host of non-career related issues such as advice when moving to a new city.

Another service offered by UIAA is access to the Alumni Career Center, which provides individual and group career/life transition counseling. The center maintains an active liaison with employers so MPA alumni have the necessary tools to conduct successful employment and career management campaigns. Participants of the center also have access to an internal job bank, an e-Recruiting network, a resume referral program and a multitude of web links and job search tools.

CUPPA Alumni Association (CUPPAAA)

CUPPAAA offers educational and career development opportunities to alumni, students and faculty, organizes events and activities for networking, and encourages professional relationships. Links to alumni for civic engagement, employment opportunities, professional advice and direction, contacts with the real world, and educational direction and perspectives are extensive. More information

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