Harris graduates bring a range of in-demand skills to employers around the world.

total number of graduates
represented countries
job-seeking students reported job offers
job-seeking students secured employment
job-seeking students secured employment within three months of graduation

Employed by 200+ organizations worldwide:

Lilly Manatt World Resource Institute The Chicago Community Trust UNDP Deloitte
“We have recruited at Harris the past two years for our Global Public Policy Summer Internship and we have been very impressed with the talent and our overall experience with the recruitment process at the school. The candidates we interview are always professional and personable, and they demonstrate a strong understanding of the health policy issues important to our company and industry.”
Jordan Maitland
Eli Lilly and Company
“Partnering with the Career Development Office (CDO) of the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy has been a great addition to our recruiting efforts. CDO does an incredible job organizing site visits and virtual information sessions, and promoting our organization to Harris candidates—the best talent for our open positions.”
Woon Kim
Recruiting and Human Resources Manager
Center of Budget and Policy Priorities
“My boss was looking for someone with a policy degree for the role I’m in now and I was looking to make a jump in my career in education policy. The skills I gained in negotiation, microeconomics, and data analytics allowed me to feel confident and qualified to apply to the role.”
Ali Frendrick, AM’19
Policy Manager
Chicago Public Schools
“I help clients understand future coverage for pharmaceutical products in the space of marketplace affordability. My day-to-day involves a lot of research, drafting documents, and project management to understand the implications of data and the needs of our clients.”
Hannah Wagner, MPP’19
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP
“Harris students have the ability to do the deep quantitative thinking and analysis, and yet have this great way of linking that to discussion, conversation, and storytelling.”
Kevin Hartman, MBA’98, MPP’98
Head of Analytics, CG&E
“It is really exciting to have our Harris interns show up each year. They make sure we’re thinking through things in a rigorous, evidence-based way.”
Alex Howard
Deputy Director
Sunlight Foundation
“The quality of talent is consistently outstanding—Harris produces a steady stream of engaged, skilled, and motivated future leaders. We find that Harris students are well-prepared to meet the challenges and rigor of our work.”
Laura T. Kordish
Regional Inspector General
Office of Inspector General
U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services

Salaries By Sector

Salary Range
Public Agency

Top Specified Policy Areas

Alumni working in policy-related careers most commonly reported working in the following policy areas:


Economic and Fiscal




Finance and Trade



Top Three Primary Responsibilities




Policy Design/ Analysis/Evaluation



Average Years of Work Experience,
Including Internships

prior to attending Harris

0-1 Years
1-3 Years
3-5 Years
5+ Years
domestic underrepresented minority students
of all students have previous masters degrees
of students pursued a PhD after graduation
2020 Career Outcomes Report
2020 Career Outcomes Report (PDF, 5 MB)

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Harris Public Policy graduates launch careers across sectors and around the world.

2020 Career Outcomes Report

Data is accurate as of printed publication date.

The Harris Career Development Office surveyed students in the Class of 2019 in an exit survey at the time of graduation, with a follow up survey six months after graduation. Of the 325 students who graduated between July 2018 and June 2019, 291 (90 percent) reported employment information. Data in this report is based on survey results from responding graduates, as well as other sources. 255 sought employment and 36 did not seek employment for reasons such as continuing education or starting a company. Out of 255 students seeking employment, 239 (94 percent) accepted employment.

Salaries by Sector

Of the graduates who accepted employer offers, 207 graduates (87 percent) reported salary information. Five of these 207 graduates were omitted from the chart above because the graduate’s salary reflected part-time employment, and seventeen of these 207 graduates were omitted from the chart above because their compensation was for an internship or fellowship.

The calculation of maximum salary is among MPP students and excludes dual and joint degree graduates.