Careers & Alumni

What can you do with a Public Policy Leadership degree after graduation? Find out from a few of our alums.

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Public Policy Leadership Careers

Our graduates establish such a wide range of careers and become leaders of their organizations because of the core set of skills at the heart of our liberal arts education. 

A liberal arts education at UM will empower and prepare students to deal with complexity, diversity, and change through a broad knowledge of the world. Liberal Arts is everything you care about most:

  • Writing and speaking with confidence and skill
  • Critical thinking 
  • Quantitative skills and data analysis
  • Celebrating human expression through the arts
  • Navigating complex moral and ethical situations
  • Engaging the power of your citizenship
  • Discovering solutions to the pressing issues facing our world

Our graduates …

...  working in many different sectors of the economy, with the largest percentages working in education, law, business and finance, STEM, arts & culture, community services/non-profits, and government.  

  • Flight Commander, ICBM Targeting, US Air Force
  • Field Rep. and General Counsel, US Senate
  • US Senate Comm. on Appropriations, US Defense Subcommittee
  • International Dev. Specialist, US Dept of State
  • Staff, US Senate Appropriations Transportation & HUD
  • Legislative Assistant, US Senator Richard Shelby
  • Policy Analyst for CFO, US Dept of Homeland Security
  • College Savings Plans & Policy Dir, MS Office of the State Treasurer
  • Development Project Facilitator, City of Denton
  • Asst. to Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy, US Dept of Education
  • Press Secretary, Office of Senator Roger Wicker
  • Aide-de-Camp, Office of Governor Bryant
  • Assistant City Planner, City of Starkville
  • Dir. of Member Services, House Republican Conference
  • Staff Attorney, Mississippi Dept of Revenue
  • Communications Coordinator, Office of Al Gore
  • Policy Advisor, State Treasurer Lynn Fitch
  • Campaign Manager, Buck Clarke for Treasurer
  • Analyst, MS State Legislature
  • Sr. Operations Manager, US Chamber of Commerce
  • Researcher, UNITE HERE
  • Grant Support Assoc., Urban Partnerships-Community Dev Corp.
  • Policy Analyst, Republican Governor’s Association
  • Existing Industry Coord., Augusta Econ Dev Authority
  • Research & Policy Analyst, Greater New Orleans, Inc.
  • Law Fellow, Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Exec. Committee, Democratic National Comm.
  • Dir. of Federal Affairs, Medical Device Manufacturers Assoc.
  • Digital Media Relations Manager, Natl Restaurant Assoc.
  • Dir. of State Affairs, Natl. Assoc. of Health Underwriters
  • Backcountry Trails Program Crew, CA Conservation Corps Found.
  • Donor Relations Officer, Amer. Veterans Center, Amer. Studies Center
  • Manager of West Coast Partnerships, Health Leads
  • Chief Financial Officer, Susanna Wesley Family Learning Center
  • Human Resources Leader, Charles Koch Institute
  • Academic Mentor, UM FASTrack program
  • Internal Medicine Specialist, UMMC
  • Development and Alumni Relations, Vanderbilt
  • Private Wealth Project Specialist, Baker & Hostetler
  • Associate Attorney, Brad Morris Law Firm
  • Victim/Witness Program Asst, Charlottesville Attorney’s Office
  • Associate Attorney, Squire Patton Boggs
  • Law Clerk, US Court of Appeals
  • Senior Associate, KPMG
  • Agency Marketing Dir, MassMutual N. Carolina
  • Government & Policy Affairs, Transamerica
  • Associate, Chism Strategies
  • Workforce Solution Consultant, Kronos
  • Project Manager, Delta Health Alliance
  • Senior Program Asst, DELTA Resources
  • Co-Founder, The Bell
  • Programmer-Social Media Buyer, Frontier Media Strategies
  • Communications Manager-East Coast, Lyft
  • Legal Solutions Consultant, Lexis Nexis
  • East Coast Communications Manager, Lyft

Alumni with Careers in the Public Sector

Gregory Alston

Gregory Alston

Asked by Sarah

When and why did you decide to study public policy leadership?

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Augustus (Gus) Maples

Augustus (Gus) Maples

Asked by Miguel

What is it like working on Capitol Hill?

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John Jenks

John Jenks

Asked by Dmitri

Please discuss highlights of your undergraduate experience.

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Natalie King Gallagher

Natalie King Gallagher

Asked by Malik

Please talk about your path since graduation and career goals at this point.

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Christian Bonds

Christian Bonds

Asked by Lily

Why did you decide to study public policy leadership?

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Alumni with Careers in the Private Sector

Katherine Sistrunk

Katherine Sistrunk

What made you interested in the healthcare field?

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Austin Spindler

Austin Spindler

Please talk about your path since graduation.

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Christine Dickason

Christine Dickason

What sparked your interest in public service?

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Daniel Roberts

Daniel Roberts

What was it like working in the social office of Michelle Obama?

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Keveon Taylor

Keveon Taylor

What were highlights of your undergraduate experience?

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Austin Harrison

Austin Harrison

When and why did you decide to study public policy leadership?

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