The School of Public Administration is dedicated to advancing students’ expertise and establishing leaders in the field. We are committed to the success of our graduates even after the final courses are completed in the program. We not only connect students with experiential opportunities outside the classroom, but we also network with alumni and community partners to put your evolving body of knowledge to work.

We are here to coordinate with the University resources in Experiential Learning and Career Development to prepare you for the job market. We have opportunities to practice mock interviews, refine resumes, polish cover letters, strengthen professional portfolios, and identify your marketable skills for your personalized professional profile.

Goals

We seek to link graduates with professional organizations in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Our priority is to identify student strengths and as well as areas of development to help students reach their greatest potential. We work to craft professional development strategies, build strong resumes, draft effective cover letters and coordinate learning opportunities beyond the classroom that translate into employment.  It is our mission to use student skills, talents, knowledge and passions to utilize on the job and do their best.

Job Search Resources

Use KnightLink to search jobs, post your resume, and access interviewing and recruitment events

Check the Events Calendar for Career Fairs and Network Events

Search the following websites for federal job placement, internships and career guides:

Fellowships and Scholarships

Throughout the year, there are a number of prestigious fellowships and scholarships available to students. These opportunities are highly competitive and often have minimal requirements such as 3.5 GPA and graduate coursework. Familiarize yourself with the instructions and deadlines for each post before beginning an application, as they are all different. Most of the applications are due by early fall.

Please use the resources at Career Services for online and in-person career workshops, advice, job search services and events. If you have any questions please reach out to Robyn.Ziperstein@ucf.edu for more information.

Public and Nonprofit Fellowships

Alpha Fellowship Program http://www.alfafellowship.org/
Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI) Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellowship http://www.bpichicago.org/
California Assemby Fellows Program http://www.csus.edu/calst/assembly_fellowship_program.html
Central Intelligence Agency Graduate Scholarship https://www.cia.gov/careers/student-opportunities/graduate-scholarship-program.html
WREI Congressional Fellows on Women and Public Policy (Womens Research and Ed Institute http://www.wrei.org/Employment.htm
USAID Democracy Fellows and Grants Program http://www.iie.org/en/Programs/USAID-Democracy-Fellows-and-Grants-Program/Fellowship
USDA Internship http://www.dm.usda.gov/employ/student/internship.htm
USDA Junior Agricultural Ambassador (FL) http://www.dm.usda.gov/employ/student/internship.htm
USDA National Agricultural Library http://www.dm.usda.gov/employ/student/internship.htm
HACU National Internship Program http://www.dm.usda.gov/employ/student/internship.htm
Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership http://www.dm.usda.gov/employ/student/internship.htm
Washington Internship for Native Students http://www.dm.usda.gov/employ/student/internship.htm
DC Gov Passport to Work Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) http://www.dm.usda.gov/employ/student/internship.htm
USDA Presidential Management Fellowship Program http://www.dm.usda.gov/employ/student/fellowship.htm
Environmental Protection Agency Grant Application http://www.epa.gov/education/environmental-education-ee-grants
Families USA Villers and Wellstone Fellowships http://familiesusa.org/about/careers ;http://www.converse.edu/wellstonevillers-fellowships
Local Government Management Internship (Wittenberg) http://icma.org/en/icma/career_network/career_development/lgmf_fellows
NYC Urban Fellows Program for Seniors in Undergrad http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/html/work/urbanfellows.shtml
Urban Fellows Program (DCAS) http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/html/work/urbanfellows.shtml
NYC Service Fellowship (DCAS) http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/html/work/nycservice.shtml
Public Service Corps (DCAS) http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/html/work/psc.shtml
NYC Summer Internship Program (DCAS) http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/html/work/summerintern.shtml
NYC Urban Fellows Program http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/html/work/program_info.shtml
Florida Gubernatorial Fellows http://floridafellows.com/become-a-fellow/selection/
Local Government Management Fellowship http://icma.org/en/icma/career_network/career_development/lgmf_fellows
Presidential Management Fellowship (Federal) https://www.pmf.gov/
The Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program http://www.culturalvistas.org/programs-for-students-and-professionals/professional-fellowships/robert-bosch-foundation-fellowship-program
The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship http://scoville.org/
White House Leadership Development Program https://www.whitehouse.gov/participate/whldp

If you have any questions or require more information, please contact the Experiential Learning Coordinator, Robyn Ziperstein, at robyn.ziperstein@ucf.edu or (407) 823-1921 HPA II Suite 220.