Public service careers focus on the essentials of life, providing communities with education, healthcare, protection, governance, and transportation. Studying public service or public administration paves the way for you to enter the field of public service, or to move into higher management if you’re already working in the public sector.

Our graduates work in state, local, and federal government, nonprofit management, health policy, advocacy, community and government organizations, and human resource management. They are senior leaders and department heads, middle managers and policy analysts, legislators, and community activists.

Meet with your advisor and learn more about possible career tracks.


The Institute for Public Service has more than 1,500 alumni. Here is a sample of positions held.

  • Mark Andrews, Director of Budget and Finance, City of Lawrence
  • Paul Casey, State Representative, Massachusetts House of Representatives
  • Michelle Donaher, Director, Female Offender Services, Massachusetts Department of Corrections
  • Michael Festa, Secretary of Elder Affairs
  • Douglas Gutro, President, Quincy City Council
  • Patrick Jordan, Chief Operating Officer, Newton-Wellesley Hospital
  • Elaine Sudanowicz, Deputy Commissioner/Interagency Coordinator, Mayor’s Office of Emergency Preparedness
  • Roger Wellington, Director – F.S. Operations and Abundant Table, Pine Street InnĀ 
  • Stephen White, Division Director, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

Career Options

Public service career options range widely, and include:

  • Education
  • Environmental Protection
  • Fire Fighting
  • Law Enforcement
  • Public Transportation
  • Public Housing
  • Town Planning
  • Waste Management
  • Water Supply
  • Gas and Electrical Supply
  • Healthcare
  • Social Services
  • Local, State, Federal Government