Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Graduates of the La Follette School of Public Affairs' are employed around the world for national, state and local governments, private businesses and nonprofit organizations.

Of the 44 May 2010 graduates, 84 percent (37 people) reported by October 15, 2010, that they had secured jobs or internships in their field or that they were in pursuit of further study. Another is not in the job market due to family concerns. Of those 37 alumni, 23 are in Madison, four are in Washington, D.C., and seven are working elsewhere in the United States. One is working abroad. Thirty-one students (71 percent of the class) reported having jobs or internships in their field. Six are pursuing or continuing Ph.Ds.

As of August 18, 2010, 75 percent (33 people) reported employment or internships in their field or planned pursuit of further study. In comparison to August 2009, a class of 48 students, 69 percent (33 alumni) reported they were working or learning in their fields. Of those 33, seven planned to seek additional education.

Below is a sample of where 2010 alumni are working:


Public Sector: Federal

  • Government Accountability Office
  • Forest Service
  • Army
  • Housing and Urban Development as presidential management fellow

Public Sector: State Government

  • Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance
  • Division on Health Care Access and Accountability, Wisconsin Department of Health Services
  • Wisconsin Department of Transportation
  • Wisconsin Department of Administration Budget Office
  • Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau
  • Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau
  • Public Service Commission of Wisconsin

Nonprofit or Education Sector

  • Institute for Research on Poverty
  • IRIS Center, University of Maryland
  • University of Wisconsin–Madison Energy Institute

Private Sector

  • Aspen Institute
  • Epic
  • Wisconsin Credit Union League
  • National Community Tax Coalition
  • Peterson Institute for International Economics


  • Emerging Markets Development Advisors Program fellowship with the American Chamber of Commerce in Jakarta

Career Placement Statistics handout