Outcomes and Professional Opportunities

On this page:
  • Career Outcomes
  • Summer Internships
  • CAPP Lunch Lecture Series
  • Research Opportunities on Campus

Career Outcomes

MS-CAPP alumni are working around the world to bring modern technology to bear on the societal problems that matter most. Common jobs chosen by MS-CAPP graduates include roles as data scientists, policy researchers, and data engineers; alumni have also gone on to become application developers, data visualization specialists, data team leaders, and technical project managers.

The Career Development Office at the Harris School of Public Policy supports MS-CAPP students and alumni, both throughout their time in the program and beyond graduation.

Check out an overview of MS-CAPP career outcomes data, and find more information and searchable data from the Career Development Office in the annual Career Outcomes Report.

Summer Internships

Alongside their academic training, students gain further exposure to real policy issues by engaging in a summer internship related to their area of interest.  Past internships have included roles in government and in organizations that have strong relationships with government agencies, in not-for-profit organizations, and more. This experience provides hands-on learning and assists students in determining their second-year specialization.

Read more about a few students' internship experiences:

CAPP Lunch Lecture Series

In addition to the coursework, CAPP students attend a weekly lecture series on recent research and innovation in data-driven public policy and civic technology. Students and faculty interact with both academic and non-academic experts, learn of current challenges, and establish professional networks with potential future employers. Previous speakers have included:

  • Amy Tong, Director and Chief Information Officer of the State of California
  • Tim Persons, U.S. Government Accountability Office's Chief Scientist and Managing Director of the Science, Technology Assessment, and Analytics team
  • Afua Osei, Co-Founder of Motherland Mogul Media
  • Danielle Betras, Executive Strategy Director of Emerging Technology Partnerships at The New York Times
  • Paul Decker, CEO of Mathematica Policy Research
  • Natalie Evans Harris, Senior Policy Advisor, White House OSTP
  • Ron Jarmin, Acting Director of the US Census Bureau
  • Shelley Grach, Director of Civic Engagement at Microsoft Chicago
  • Tom Schenk, Chief Data Officer for the City of Chicago
  • Jascha Franklin-Hodge; Chief Information Officer for the City of Boston
  • Charlie Catlett, Director of the Urban Center for Computation and Data
  • Hollie Russon-Gilman, Fellow, Political Reform Program, New America
  • University of Chicago faculty, such as Nick FeamsterMarshini ChettyAustin WrightJens LudwigDavid Meltzer, and Dean Katherine Baicker

Research Opportunities on Campus

Many MS-CAPP students also engage in research while taking courses. A wide range of associated research centers have ongoing work that is highly pertinent to the MS-CAPP curriculum.