Government, Public Administration & Law

Here you can explore careers dedicated to public service. Whether you are interested in a profession that enforces laws and policies or promotes political and social change; individuals interested in this career community tend to have an overarching desire to improve society. Individuals who pursue careers in government, public administration & law will attain competencies in intercultural communication, writing, research, conflict resolution, logical reasoning, critical thinking, data analysis, and public relations.

The GPAL Career Community is dedicated to providing resources and tools to successfully explore various career paths including gaining in-depth knowledge into academic requirements, internships/fellowships, and necessary skills to succeed in the 21st-century job market.

Government- virtually every occupation can be found within government (e.g. finance, IT, social work). There are over 170 federal departments and agencies in existence- https://gogovernment.org/ The goal of this community is to shed light into career paths ONLY found within government. Sample professions include: national security, international affairs, foreign service, politics, public policy, emergency management, law enforcement, legislative services, human rights.

Public Administration– shapes society through public service at the local, state, and federal levels. Careers in this field focus on managing public systems, executing leadership in the public sector, all while working directly with people. Sample professions include: elected official, city council-manager, court administrator, county clerk.

Law-choosing a career in the legal profession brings diverse career opportunities. No matter the type of law you choose to practice, you will focus your efforts on serving clients and resolving complex issues.

Sample professions include: prosecution, defense, corporate, nonprofit/public interest, lobbying, mediation.

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Spring 2020 Virtual Career Fair Recap

On Wednesday, April 22 2020, the SHU Center for Career & Professional Development hosted their inaugural Virtual Career & Internship Fair! In all, 25 organizations participated along with over 180+ students and alumni.  Utilizing the recruitment software, Brazen – students were …

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SHU Internship Spotlights: Juliette Ochoa

Name: Juliette Ochoa

Year: Freshman

Major: Political Science

Company: Connecticut State Capitol

Found the position: Family Friend, via own research/initiative

Quote: “Being an intern at the Connecticut State Capitol taught me how to network and strengthen my writing. More importantly, …

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Success Stories

Community Network

  • Director of Government Affairs Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health – US
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  • MPA Program. Associate Professor, Department of Government Sacred Heart University
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  • Fulbright Recipient, Serbia Peace Corps Volunteer, Kosovo
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  • Washington, D.C.
  • Academic Advising and Success Specialist Institute of World Politics
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  • Deputy Chief of Police Milford Police Department
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  • Professor and Chairman, Department of Government Sacred Heart University
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  • Candidate for J.D. St. John’s University School of Law
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Gary Turco ’03

Alumni
  • State Representative State of Connecticut

Katya Valasek

Community Member
  • Director of Admissions Seton Hall University School of Law
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Career Outcomes

Over the past three-years, Sacred Heart averages a 99.4% overall placement rate, with a 90% overall response rate. Outcome data for Sacred Heart University is obtained through the Center for Career & Professional Development, in accordance with national standards. We extend our First-Destination survey to students who have received Bachelor’s Degrees in the respective year are surveyed from the time of graduation, to 12-months following graduation. 

 

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First Destination

SHU Pioneers pursue a variety of careers paths after graduation; most recent respondents indicated they are:

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