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MPA Careers

Where will the MPA take you?

Anne-Clinton

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Anne Clinton

LSE Careers Consultant

Studying the LSE MPA is an excellent career decision with many global employers attracted both to the intellectual rigour and the practical applications of the course.

LSE Careers Consultants make sure that you get the best possible support in developing your career plans during your time studying. Whether you know already the career you are aiming for, or simply the general direction you want (or perhaps you have no idea at all!) we can help guide and develop your ideas to present your skills and experience to employers in the best possible way.

We look forward to working with you on the MPA to help you find a rewarding and satisfying career.

MPA careers resources

MPA students at LSE have access to a range of specialist services and events designed with their career directions in mind.

  • Specialist careers seminars, including sessions on CVs and cover letters, career management, networking, interviews and advice specific to particular employment sectors.
  • Careers discussions with LSE Careers Consultant for MPA students, Anne Clinton.
  • A weekly MPA Careers newsletter, compiled by a fellow student, with relevant short-term and long-term opportunities.
  • MPA-only visits to employers (often MPA alumni) in their offices to discuss career options and learn about different employment sectors.
  • Access to LSE Careerhub, with thousands of short-term and long-term opportunities including internships.
  • From 2016-17, we will be launching MPA-only networking opportunities with employers in relevant sectors.

What’s more, all MPA graduates continue to have free access to resources and advice from LSE Careers for up to five years after graduation!

Internships

We recommend that MPA students equip themselves with as much practical experience as possible during their degree.

An internship between the first and second years of the programme can provide valuable experience that both guides learning through the second year of the programme, as well as increasing job-related skills and employment opportunities.

MPA students can find internship opportunities on the LSE Careerhub. Previous MPA students have taken internships in a wide range of sectors including:

Public Sector

  • Asian Development Bank
  • EBRD
  • Innovations for Poverty Action
  • Intern-American Development Bank
  • OECD
  • World Health Organisation

Private Sector

  • Asia Renewables
  • Barclays IBD
  • International Chamber of Commerce UK
  • Monitor Deloitte
  • Oxera

Research

  • Cato Institute
  • Centre for Economic Performance (LSE)
  • Demos
  • Public Health Foundation of India

Typically, around 75% of internships are paid or offer a stipend, most do not require similar previous experience or require a new visa.  

MPA graduate destinations

The MPA programme’s combination of academic rigour and professional application makes it an attractive prospect to employers. MPA students develop strong research skills throughout their studies and the Capstone experience and its focus on consultancy skills has proved particularly popular with graduate recruiters.

Although MPA alumni choose a wide variety of careers options, the three main areas of occupational interest are:

  • Private sector consultancy: MPA students find the Capstone consultancy experience is particularly attractive to consultancy employers, and alumni are found in many of the leading consultancies. MPA students are often drawn to the public sector practice of consultancies where they are able deploy both their specialist public policy knowledge and the latest research skills. The annual Consultancy Fair is a great way to meet potential employers in this sector.
  • NGOS and international organisations: the annual International Organisations Day is always popular with MPA students. Organisations such the United Nations and the World Bank are drawn to the excellent quantitative skills of MPA students.
  • Public sector: There is often a strong connection between what students learn and the modern requirements of public sector organisations (whether this is specialist knowledge of public policy or particular relevant methodologies such as value for money reviews).