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Employment Opportunities in Public Administration

Employment and career possibilities in public administration cover the full spectrum of public service activities. Government and nonprofit endeavors come to mind first, of course, but also consider . .

  • nongovernmental and transgovernmental organizations (e.g., Organization of American States [OAS], North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO], Inter-American Center of Tax Administrations [CIAT]).
  • business firms involved in training and consulting for government and nonprofit clients (e.g, accounting and consulting firms).
  • business firms involved in contract work for administrative functions or program delivery activities (e.g., technology, human resources).
  • business firms that have specialist areas dealing with government relations (e.g., regulated industries).
  • trade organizations and political action committees that lobby for causes of interest to you.
  • news organizations that feature government and nonprofit activities (e.g., Bureau of National Affairs [BNA]).
  • publicly-funded education and research institutions (e.g., public schools, state universities).
  • education institutions that teach public administration and related public service disciplines (e.g., public affairs, public policy, criminal justice).
  • organizations that operate largely through the efforts of their dedicated public service volunteers.

The internet is a great place to explore what opportunities are available. The web sites below are fine places to begin your investigations.

Career Center
An on-campus consulting and referral service for University of Maine students.

Municipal Job Bank
Local government positions advertised through the Maine Municipal Association.

State of Maine
Positions available in Maine State government.

Competitive positions within the United States federal government.

The Plum Book
Noncompetitive (i.e., appointed) positions within the U.S. federal government.

United Nations
Employment and internship opportunities at the U.N.

Nonprofit Career Network
Nonprofit career advice and on-line job search site.

America’s Job Bank
Government-sponsored on-line job search site that includes public-sector and private-sector employment opportunities.

Student Jobs on USA Jobs
Internship and student employment opportunities within the U.S. federal government.

Links to scores of organizations that rely on civic and community volunteers. Sponsored by U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development.

Department of Public Administration
5723 DP Corbett Business Building, Room 209
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: (207) 581-1973 | Fax: (207) 581-1930
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469