Career Services

Career Services

The Office of Career & Alumni Services aspires to create a supportive environment that facilitates professional growth by providing job search strategies, individualized guidance, and career programming geared towards students securing successful futures through intentional choices.


HireMizzouTigers  powered by Handshake is a career management system that allows students and alumni to:

  • View job postings
  • Find and register for events
  • Search Employers and Contacts

The Public Policy Handbook lists internships and fellowships outside of Missouri.

Services by Appointment

  • Email to set up one-on-one consultations for:
    • Resume/cover letter reviews
    • Mock interviews
    • Career or job search plan
    • Connections/introductions to professionals in specific fields

Olivia Piontek (left) and Chaley Kirkpatrick (right) in Washington, D.C. Olivia interned at the Urban Institute and Chaley at the Center for American Progress.

Most Truman School graduate students are required to complete an internship.  Internship experiences facilitate self-directed learning, and can become an invaluable first step toward a public service career. Students without significant public sector or nonprofit work experience must complete an internship. Mid-career and online students are exempt.  The goals of the internship are to use the competencies and skills taught in the Truman School, such as:

  • Research and analysis
  • Planning
  • Organizing programs or events
  • Data analysis
  • Strategic planning
  • The application of specific skills such as the preparation of statistical reports, written analyses and oral presentations

Intern supervisors serve as mentors, meet regularly with the intern, provide feedback and present an evaluation of performance to the internship coordinators at the end of the internship.


Students must complete 360 hours, which typically takes about 12 weeks.

  • Full-time students usually complete an internship during the summer semester, although part-time placements during the academic year are allowed with approval by the internship program administrator.
  • Students can accept a paid or non-paid internships, and these details should be discussed directly between the host organization and the intern.
  • Students enroll in Public Affairs 8280 (3 credit hours) during the semester they will complete their internship. 
  • At the end of their internships, students complete a report and present a poster about their experience.

Finding an Internship

A good internship helps broaden your experiences and allows for personal growth.  To find an internship that is right for you:

  • Talk to second-year students.  They have a wealth of experience, which can help you identify and land a good internship. Attend the Poster Presentations of last year’s interns to learn more about their experiences.
  • Utilize the Office of Career & Alumni Services. The office can assist you with contact information for organizations that you find interesting. The Public Policy Handbook also lists many internship opportunities.
  • Start looking early.  Narrow your search by the winter break and begin applying in January. If you’re looking at internships outside Missouri, in Washington, D.C. or overseas, start around October. Most students accept their internship between late February and early April.

Internship Locations

From 2016 through 2018, Truman School students have secured internships in the following organizations:

City of Cedar Rapids

City of Centrailia

Associated Students of the University of Missouri (ASUM)

Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Center for Children and Families Across Cultures/Center for Family Policy & Research

Cherng Leadership Academy

Columbia Land Trust, City of Columbia

Columbia Second Chance

Downtown Community Improvement District

First Chance for Children

Heart of Missouri United Way

Institute of Public Policy

Institute of Public Policy

Missouri Society of Respiratory Care

Mizzou Advancement

Mizzou Spirit/Campus Activities

MU Office of Service Learning/Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Office of Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (Columbia)

Truman School of Public Affairs (RAMS & Mizzou Alternative Breaks)

Truman Youth Leadership Academy

University of Missouri Council for Advancement and Support of Education

US Department of Agriculture, Office of Rural Development

US Department of Agriculture, Office of Rural Development

Urban Leaders

Urban Leaders – Denver

Let America Vote

University of California Irvine – School of Education

GPS Impact

Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare

Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education

Missouri Department of Social Services

Missouri Department of Social Services – Children’s Division

Missouri Department of Social Services – Children’s Division

Missouri Future Farmers of America Association


Missouri Office of the Public Counsel

Missouri State Employees Retirement System

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Quinton Lucas for KC

US Citizenship and Immigration Services, National Benefit Center


Clackamas County, Business and Community Services Department

Sseko Designs

Wonderland Camp

Missouri Botanical Garden

US Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service

Effective Leadership Academy

American Scholastic

Association of American Universities

Center For American Progress

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)

Urban Institute

Capstone Projects

In the capstone course (PUB_AF 8211), students complete an applied research project that builds upon the knowledge and skills developed throughout the MPA program.


  • Focus on a real problem facing a public or nonprofit policymaker or manager
  • Formulate a conceptual framework for analyzing the problem
  • Collect and analyze relevant data
  • Demonstrate their capacity to apply knowledge gained through research to develop alternative solutions to a problem, evaluate their effectiveness, and make recommendations to decision makers.

Past projects have included

  • Study on the Barriers to Safe and Affordable Housing for the City of Columbia
    • This capstone team surveyed low-income residents to identify the most significant barriers to safe and affordable housing in our community. The results of this survey will be used by the city to prioritize use of Housing and Urban Development funds.
  • Board of Directors Development Plan for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Missouri
    • The capstone team analyzed the recruitment, development and engagement of the board of directors to recommend strategies to invigorate the board and increase involvement of its members.
  • Missouri Department of Corrections Study on the Effectiveness of Vocational Training Program
    • Using Department of Corrections data on the employment status of recently released inmates, this team conducted an evaluation of the vocational training program. Their objective was to determine whether or not inmate completion of a Department of Corrections sponsored vocational training program led to higher rates of employment compared to prisoners who did not complete vocational training.

The capstone experience in the MPA program, PA 8211, is not required for students enrolled in the Global Management or Mid-Career options.

Recruiting at the Truman School

Thank you for considering students at the Truman School of Public Affairs to meet your hiring needs.  To reach targeted candidates with the skillset you seek, we offer several platforms to enhance your recruiting efforts.

Post a Job or Internship

Post your vacancy on HireMizzouTigers powered by HANDSHAKE.  This is an effective way to reach students  and alumni. The postings with the best candidate response include a robust job description, clear application instructions, and a valid website where candidates can research your organization. Log in or register for a new account at HireMizzouTigers

Attend the CAFNR/A&S Career Fair

The Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs is part of the College of Arts & Science.  The College of Arts & Science and the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources hold a joint career fair in the spring and fall.  The next career fair will be on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 from noon until 4pm in the Mizzou Rec Center/Historic Brewer Courts area.  The fall 2018 fair had over 1000 students attend representing a variety of majors.

Employers can register for these events using Handshake, our online employer/student interface.  Registration is open and can be accessed by using the link below, where you can establish your employer profile (if you don’t already have one) and register to attend the spring event.

Conduct On-Campus Interviews or Visit With Students

On-campus interviews help employers identify candidates early, access diverse applicants, meet faculty and staff, and increase visibility.  We can also set up a brown bag lunch or morning session with Truman School students to learn more about your organization.

Recruitment Policies

The Truman School adheres to the campus standards and uses the same policies as the MU Career Center. Please access the general information, professional conduct, disclaimer, job posting information, and employer access information here.