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Career Opportunities

The UCO MPA is a professional degree that provides the training and practical skills to be successful in local, county, tribal, state, national governments, nonprofit organizations and even private companies. The “graying” of the public-sector workforce at all levels of government, especially among mid-management and professional positions best served by an MPA education, ensure continued opportunity for employment and career growth for the next several years. Growth in the nonprofit sector has increasing appeal for professionals desiring to pursue meaningful careers that make a difference. Private companies also are looking for public service-minded employees who care about the triple bottom line – not only financial success, but also social and environmental impacts.

The MPA program faculty disseminate job announcements from a variety of stakeholders. The UCO MPA alumni chapter also communicates job openings to graduates. Additionally, UCO maintains a robust Career Services office that provides services including job placements.

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Some job titles held by MPA alumni include:

  • Assistant Secretary for Aging, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
  • Executive Director, Del City Chamber of Commerce
  • Project Manager, Oklahoma Health Care Authority
  • Director of Suicide Prevention and Outreach, Heartline
  • Assistant to the City Manager, City of Edmond
  • Community Affairs Director, Chickasaw Nation
  • Law Enforcement Assistant, U.S. Department of Interior
  • Associate City Planner, Midwest City
  • Fiscal Policy Analyst, OK House of Representatives
  • Associate City Manager, City of Oklahoma City
  • Operations Manager, Woody Guthrie Center
  • City Manager, City of Crescent
  • Constituency Coordinator, Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform
  • Urban Forestry Coordinator, City of Edmond
  • Community and Economic Development Director, City of Guthrie
  • Library Edge Consultant, Oklahoma Department of Libraries
  • Client Solutions Executive of Corporate Business Solutions, AT&T
  • Legislative Policy Staff, Oklahoma State Senate
  • Youth Guidance Specialist, State Office of Juvenile Affairs
  • CEO, Hop Font Consultancy – Kenya-based nonprofit

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UCO MPA Graduates at Work

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Engaging Internships

Our students are routinely placed in a variety of professional settings including local governments like the cities of Edmond, Guthrie, Pryor, and Oklahoma City; state agencies such as the Governor’s Office, Oklahoma Health Care Authority and the State Treasurer’s Office; and federal offices such as the Veterans Administration, the U.S. Secret Service, Congress and the White House. Note that internships are optional experiences.

MPA Internship Placement List by Semester

Fall 2019

  • Economic development nonprofit, Oklahoma City
  • Local government budget development, Kingfisher, Oklahoma

Summer 2019

  • Local government budget development, Kingfisher, Oklahoma

Spring 2019

  • Nonproft health services
  • Department of Health, Oklahoma City
  • Regional Food Bank
  • City Managers Association of Oklahoma Field Study
  • MPA academic workshop
  • Practicum in Public Administration
  • Carl Reherman internship
  • Nonprofit internship in Ghana

Fall 2018

  • Keeping Oklahoma Beautiful, nonprofit
  • Electoral campaign, finance division
  • Carl Reherman internship
  • Political campaign fellowship

Summer 2018

  • U.S. Congressional internship
  • UCO Office of Veteran Affairs

Spring 2018

  • Carl Reherman internship
  • City of Tuttle, Oklahoma