Our Mission

The mission of the Office of Career Services (OCS) is to provide students and alumni with the necessary tools to successfully manage their professional development throughout their careers. We accomplish this through career advising, a professional development course, career events, recruitment and employer outreach programs, and networking opportunities. Students and alumni are encouraged to partner with OCS and dedicate time to independent research and networking to build bridges with the professional world.

2018 SIPA Career Services Highlights

  • 6500+ internship and full-time postings on SIPALink, our internal job board
  • 195 employer information sessions held
  • 11 Presidential Management Fellow finalists
  • 40 industry-specific career panels
  • 3000+ hours of available advising appointments (including for alumni, who have lifelong access to the office)
  • 200+ students participating in the annual Washington DC Careers Conference
  • Graduates of the class of 2018 report working in 58 countries
  • 100% of MIA/MPA students fulfill the requirements of the Professional Development mandate


SIPA's Office of Career Services (OCS) provides students and alumni with 45-minute advising appointments, the SIPA Career Coaching (SIPACC) Program, and a Professional Development course to further their career search.
Get access to general career fact sheets, career overviews, PMF information, lists of employers by sector, tips for international students, and sample resumes and cover letters, as well as online databases, paid subscriptions, and the OCS Weekly News e-newsletter.
Get more information on the SIPA Internship Program, internship waiver requests, international student work authorization, SIPA summer internship funding opportunities, and the Federal Work-Study program.
Get access to thousands of job and internship postings in SIPAlink.
See where SIPA alumni have gone to work after graduation.
Get quick answers to some of the Office of Career Services' most commonly-asked questions.
Get information on recruitment, hiring, workshops, and posting jobs with SIPA, the world's most global public policy school.