Career Services

The Office of Career Development offers comprehensive career counseling services, including helping Rockefeller College students and alumni identify rewarding careers and leadership opportunities in public service. We provide individualized résumé and cover letter review and guidance from the initial job search through negotiation and acceptance of a position. Within six months of receiving their degrees nearly all of our graduates are working in a position in their chosen field. In addition, many of our students are accepted into prestigious postgraduate fellowship programs, such as the Excelsior Service Fellowship Program; many of these opportunities lead to permanent employment.

The Office of Career Development offers the following services to students and alumni:

  • Job and internship assistance

  • Graduate school application material review 

  • Interview preparation 

  • Mock Interviews 

  • Networking opportunities with alumni and employers

  • Information sessions with employers

  • Public service job & internship fairs

  • Career exploration trips to New York City and Washington, D.C.


Handshake is a comprehensive web-based system that assists our students and employers in the following ways.

Students can:
  • Request an appointment with Career Office staff

  • Search and apply for jobs and internships 

  • Look for and RSVP to career fairs, employer informational sessions, and career development workshops 

  • Register and track internships 

  • Post and share their resume and student profile with prospective employers 

Employers can:
  • Post internships and job opportunities 

  • Search student profiles and resumes 

  • Register for career fairs 

  • Review student applications 

  • Schedule on-campus interviews  

Employers who are interested in learning more about the services and opportunities to expand their outreach to our students and alumni can contact our director of internships and career services to schedule a meeting. 



Our Master of Public Administration (MPA), Master of International Affairs (MIA) and Public Policy undergraduate program requires students to complete an internship. Internships can be full-time or part-time, domestic or internationally based, and paid or unpaid; the majority of our students successfully secure paid internship opportunities at the graduate level. Political science undergraduate and masters students are also encouraged to complete an internship in order to gain hand on experience in the field.

All students are required to obtain approval of their internship as part of their advisement process.

Sample internship placements include: 
  • Albany Office of The Mayor 
  • American Red Cross 
  • Capital District Regional Planning Commission
  • Environmental Advocates of New York
  • India Summer School for Future International Development Leaders 
  • New York State Division of The Budget 
  • New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services 
  • New York State Department of Health 
  • New York State Energy and Research Development Authority 
  • NYS Assembly & Senate 
  • U.S Department of State 
  • Youth for Peace Cambodia: Peace Institute for Cambodia 

Graduate students with two or more years of relevant full-time work experience may be eligible for an internship waiver; students may also be able to use concurrent experience to satisfy their career requirement. Internship waiver application information and deadlines will be communicated to students via email. 


Employment by Sector

2017-18 Academic Year Graduates

State, provincial or regional government in the USA 21
City, county, or other local government in the USA 10
Nonprofit domestic-oriented 9
Government not in the USA (all levels) or international quasi-governmental  5
Private sector: Research/Consulting 2
Unemployed (not seeking employment) 2
Nonprofit/NGOs internationally-oriented 1
Private sector but not research/consulting 1
Obtaining further education 1
Military service 1
Unemployed (seeking employment) 1
Status unknown 1
National or central government in the USA 0



State Government




Private Firm


Local Government

Foreign Government 8%
Federal Government 4%
Law/Legal <1%
Self Employed <1%




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Career Development Staff 

Yalitza Negron-Rivera

Director of Internships and Career Services
Office of the Dean
Milne 105 | 518-442-5253

Joan Marso

Undergraduate Internship and Career Coordinator
Office of the Dean
Humanities B-16 | 518-442-3111

Yalitza Negron, Director of Internships and Career Services, consulting with a student