Fall 2021  |  PA 5910 Section 001: Developing Your Public Service Career (25785)

Class Component:
1 Credit
Grading Basis:
S-N or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Enrollment Requirements:
PA majors: Development Practice; Human Rights; Public Policy; Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy; or Urban and Regional Affairs
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Mon 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 110
Enrollment Status:
Open (37 of 40 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Students investigate/analyze interests, skills, and abilities and combine them in a career plan. Develop tools to demonstrate abilities, document experiences/knowledge, and explore public service career options.
Class Notes:
Class Description:

Want to meet alumni working in the Public Affairs field and learn about their careers? Want to learn strategies for your job or internship search? Please consider registering for PA 5910: Developing Your Public Service Career, our one-credit class developed especially for you!
Students find this class is a great way to keep themselves accountable to work on their networking or job/internship searches throughout the semester. Since Steph is arranging a number of alumni panels, you will also end the class with more than 15 alumni contacts and advice from each of them. This class is appropriate for both first-year and second-year Humphrey students.
Feedback from previous students who have taken the course!

  • This class is definitely worth taking. You'll make connections with professionals in the field and learn how to nail the job application process. I think everyone should take a course like this.
  • This class includes a ton of helpful resources, tips, and skills for professional development and thinking deliberately about how to further your career.
  • This class was helpful in preparing me for my future career. I now feel more confident reaching out to others in my field, applying for jobs, and nailing interviews.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Humphrey students in the MDP, MHR, MURP, MS-STEP or MPP degree who are searching for internships or in the beginning stages of launching their public service careers.
Learning Objectives:
This course provides Humphrey students with the knowledge to manage their own career development. You will:

• Analyze and articulate your own interests and skills

• Explore multiple public service career paths

• Demonstrate knowledge of effective approaches to job/internship searches

• Create a personal plan and timeline for exploring and reaching career goals

Exam Format:
There is no final exam for this 1 credit class.
Class Format:
Lecture, Discussion/Activity, Career Panels
Students report spending less than 3 hours per week on outside of classwork.
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
23 July 2021

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