Career Resources

Public Policy Careers

The Office of Career Services provides resources that cultivate the student's purpose through career exploration, preparation and planning to achieve lifelong professional success. Students also have access to a variety of University career support through leveraging the strength of the Pepperdine Alumni community and University events to build professional networks. 

Our career and networking support resources offer opportunities, diverse mentorship and goal setting to lead with purpose and service.  


Handshake is the premier career management system for Pepperdine University. Your career exploration process can include searching and applying for jobs, internships, fellowships, career events and virtual job fairs. Handshake allows you to learn more about your interests through researching your options, setting goals and creating a plan to determine your next career step. Handshake allows you to: 

  • Create a profile for potential employers to view
  • Submit resume and cover letters for review and approval
  • Search and apply to jobs, internships and fellowships
  • Register for events, lectures and virtual job fairs
  • Schedule mock interviews
School of Public Policy Job Board

Pepperdine School of Public Policy students and alumni can access the custom-built job board to search nationwide for employment opportunities and open positions in public policy.


In this unique virtual Pepperdine community, you can connect and network with alumni, faculty and peers within the University. This global resource brings mentors, an alumni business directory, alumni and University events that offer the continuity within purposeful career relationships.

Employment by Sector

  • 33% Nonprofit
    Potential careers: foundations, faith-based organizations, think tanks, and education
  • 29%  Private
    Potential careers: government relations, corporate communications, and consultancy
  • 28% Public
    Potential careers: local and state government, elected official, or public information officer
  • 10% Academia
    Postgraduate or doctoral studies