Careers Support

Where will the SPP take you?

Studying at the LSE School of Public Policy is an excellent career decision with employers across the globe attracted both to the intellectual rigour and the practical applications of our curriculums.



Anne Clinton

SPP Careers Consultant

LSE Careers Consultants make sure that you get the best possible support in developing your career plans during your time studying. Depending on your background, you might be looking to upskill in your current field, change direction or to get the tools to begin your career in policy-making. Our Careers Consultants can guide and develop your ideas and help you to present your skills and experience to employers in the most effective  way. Whichever level you study at, LSE Careers services are available to you for five years after you graduate.

We look forward to working with you.

Early Career

In the early stages of your career, it’s particularly important to equip yourself with as much professional experience as possible, and to gain broad knowledge of different sectors to help choose from amongst the paths ahead of you. We can help you with:

  • A weekly careers newsletter with short and long-term job opportunities as well part-time opportunities that might fit alongside your studies
  • Dedicated one-to-one appointments with the School of Public Policy Careers Consultant, Anne Clinton
  • Mentoring sessions with SPP alumni, to understand how they established their policy careers
  • Access to LSE CareerHub, with hundreds of vacancies across the world including internship opportunities
  • Access to LSE’s specialist careers seminars, including sessions on CVs and cover letters, career management, networking, interviews and advice specific to particular employment sectors
  • Access to LSE’s sector-specific recruitment and information fairs such as International Organisations Day, the European Internships Fair, Public Sector and Policy Fair, and more. Organisations such the United Nations and the World Bank are drawn to the excellent quantitative skills of our students

On the MPA, your career prospects are also significantly enhanced by the Capstone project in Year 2, working for an external client organisation on a real-life policy challenge. An internship in the summer between Year 1 and year 2 of the MPA is a popular option to gain professional experience. 


We understand the particular needs of mid-career policy professional seeking their next career step or looking to change direction, and the need to assess and reflect on your skills and experiences to date; the breadth of our curriculums will allow you to widen the perspectives through which you view your working life. At this level, career development is through networking with peers as well as advice and we can offer you: 

  • A Career Impact Day in Michaelmas Term to audit your current career position and the next steps open to you.
  • Recruitment events specifically targeted at experienced hires
  • Dedicated one-to-one appointments with the School of Public Policy Careers Consultant, Anne Clinton
  • Networking opportunities with SPP alumni
  • Access to an Executive Careers Coach
  • Access to job opportunities on LSE’s CareerHub from employers seeking experienced hires 


At the senior levels, career progression leverages connections with your peers, colleagues and even the guest practitioners speaking on your degree programme. In addition to that we can offer:

  • Use of an executive coach who will be able to work with you to define a strategy for success, consider how  your strengths relate to your career goals, guide your thinking on navigating new opportunities as they emerge and help your develop your professional narrative and brand
  • Access to a high-achieving cadre of policy professionals in your programme cohort all with significant work experience and contacts to draw on
  • Guidance on aligning your career aspirations with the learnings of your degree
  • Professional skills for policy, including leadership development and decision-making