Career Services

The Schar School of Policy and Government offers comprehensive career and professional development services to prepare students for success. Offering individualized assistance to students and alumni, the Schar School's career advisors will help you explore career and internship opportunities, define your goals, and develop the skills needed for a successful job search, including crafting a resume and cover letter that stand out.

For Students & Alumni

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Gain a competitive edge in your career with help from a dedicated member of the career development team. Schedule an appointment with a career advisor to discuss career exploration strategies, tips for meaningful networking, how to prepare for an interview, and more topics for career development. Be sure to follow our event calendar and check your  Mason email account to stay informed about upcoming workshops, panels, and webinars.


For Employers

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Schar School students are prepared to create imaginative solutions to policy challenges confronting organizations, the nation, and the world. We look forward to working with you as you seek to fulfill internships, externships, part-time, and full-time positions, and we invite you to connect with our students through several avenues. Contact us to schedule an on-campus career talk or recruitment event, and be sure to save-the-date for our annual Job & Internship Fair in February!


Quick Links

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Find your fit in the federal government with strategies on how to navigate and identify your ideal position. 

Tips for Obtaining a Security Clearance

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Receiving your security clearance can be a long and arduous process. Stay ahead of the curve by learning how to prepare step by step for authorization. 

Salary Negotiations & Expectations

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Learn effective tactics to advance your starting salary and how to best navigate a negotiation during the job interview process.

Student Testimonials

"I am happy to report that I received great offers from both companies. Your advice enabled me to negotiate a higher salary with [one of the companies] than what they initially offered me. I can’t thank you enough for all of your help in this process. It’s been really great to have you as a guide and resource." 
- Benjamin C.

"I just accepted a position for a summer internship [...] and I truly believe that your help with my resume and job search made all the difference and really helped me market myself! Therefore, I wanted to send a big thank you to you for the work that you did and continue to do! I will definitely reach out in the future for any more career assistance I require." 
- Caroline W.