The Batten School Announces Class of 2018 Employment Outcomes

Ninety-eight percent of Batten’s 2018 graduates have secured employment

Graphic by Macy Brandon
(Graphic by Macy Brandon)

Today, the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy announced the employment outcomes of its 2018 graduating classes. Of those seeking employment, 98 percent of graduates from Batten’s undergraduate and graduate degree programs have secured positions, demonstrating a high demand for policy leaders equipped with a Batten degree. The class of 2018 employment data shows that Batten grads are making their mark in unique and challenging positions across sectors and around the globe.

“Our 2018 employment outcomes demonstrate that Batten students truly can lead from anywhere,” said Dean Allan Stam. “Graduates of the Batten School are in high demand and recruited aggressively across the sectors. Even a young school can set the bar high, which is what we have done from the onset, thus attracting high-caliber students capable of making an immediate impact as leaders and policymakers when they leave Garrett Hall. We could not be prouder.”

Twenty-six percent of Batten’s 2018 master of public policy (MPP) graduates are engaged in government or nonprofit consulting, with another 11 percent consulting private sector clients. Additionally, 12 percent are employed in the nonprofit sector, 11 percent in state or local government, and nine percent landed positions within the federal government. Batten’s 2018 MPP grads work in cities and communities across the country, from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles, and around the world in countries including Costa Rica and Jordan.

Twenty-seven percent of graduates who emerged from Batten in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in public policy and leadership are working in the private sector, with another 20 percent consulting government or nonprofit clients and 19 percent consulting private sector clients. Members of this graduating class also work in diverse locations both domestically and abroad, from New York to Hawaii, China, and Spain.  

Additional career destinations for 2018 Batten grads include research institutions and think tanks, international institutions, full-time service organizations like AmeriCorps and Peace Corps, private sector organizations, and more.

“My Batten education has employed me with both invaluable skills and confidence that I have been excited to take with me into my first job!” said Batten alum Sarah Brotman (BA ’18), who currently works as a research assistant with 2M Research in Arlington, Va. “Whether I am conducting qualitative or quantitative analysis, using my knowledge of the policy-making process, or working in fast-paced team settings, I use the skillset I gleaned from Batten on a daily basis.”

Batten’s Office of Career Services is dedicated to helping Batten students reach their professional goals across the sectors. Starting with application materials, the career services team helps students target and optimally present themselves to be selected for positions. Batten students receive support through one-on-one mock interviews; a robust alumni-student network; and a wealth of knowledge about employer needs, interests, and application procedures.

“These statistics reflect the feedback we continually receive from employers across the sectors—namely, that our graduates are not only incredibly bright, but also a delight to work with and are valued team players,” said Hannah Rose Hintz, director of Batten’s Office of Career Services. “Our graduates’ success does not surprise me but is nonetheless laudable.”

As demonstrated by the 2018 employment outcomes, Batten’s service-minded graduates secure unique positions that reflect their passions and talents, whether at the local, state, federal or international level. Students emerge from the Batten School understanding social responsibility and how to work collaboratively and successfully in real-world environments to achieve shared goals. With a focus on improving their local and global communities, Batten graduates are ever-mindful of the School’s founding purpose: to educate ethical and enlightened leaders who are prepared to work as thoughtful change-agents.

*Based on career outcomes data collected December 31, 2018.

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