PRGS Office of Career Services

Alumna Kristi Raube talks with current students

Alumna Kristi Raube visited PRGS to talk with current students

The Pardee RAND Graduate School Office of Career Services provides comprehensive support to prospective employers, current students, and recent graduates, as well as streamlined communication among all parties. Partnering with organizations interested in hiring our graduates is an important part of our mission.

Should you wish to learn more about the PRGS students currently seeking opportunities or to visit PRGS and meet our students in person, our Career Services staff is ready and willing to assist you. Please contact us at prgscareers@prgs.edu or (310) 393-0411, ext. 6742.

What Do PRGS Alumni Do?

PRGS alumni enter many diverse fields. Here are just a few of the jobs our alumni have:

  • Policy analysts at research institutions
  • Assistant professors at schools of public policy and public health
  • Intelligence analyst for a national security agency
  • Conflict management and mitigation specialist for a major development agency
  • Environmental economist for a major international development firm
  • Consultant for one of the world's leading management consulting firms

The careers of PRGS graduates often move across these traditional categories but we expect that they'll continue to expand as careers are becoming more fluid between public and private sectors.

We encourage alumni to keep in touch with us, with each other, and with RAND.

Job Placements, 2009-2012

  • Abt Associates
  • Aksigorta
  • Amgen, Inc.
  • Center for American Progress
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Compass Alliance Strategic Consulting
  • Defense Acquisition University
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Denver Public Schools
  • Government of Bulgaria
  • Harvard Center for Education Policy Research
  • HDR, Inc.
  • Healthways
  • HEC School of Management
  • IMS Health, Inc.
  • Ipsos
  • KNG Health Consulting
  • LMI
  • LA County Office of AIDS Program and Policy
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Northwestern University
  • RAND Corporation
  • Republic of Korea Air Force
  • Simon Fraser University
  • Southern California Edison
  • UN – Department of Economic and Social Affairs
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
  • United States Air Force
  • United States Military Academy at West Point
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of New Mexico
  • University of Southern California
  • Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
  • World Bank
  • Zirve University

Recent Alumni Highlights

Diana Epstein

Diana Epstein PRGS '09

Current Employment: Researcher, American Institutes for Research

Dissertation: Evaluating the Long-term Impacts of AmeriCorps Service on Participants

"My PRGS training prepared me very well for my career. The combination of quantitative and qualitative skills that I gained at PRGS—and the depth of my training—means that I am qualified to work on a number of different research and evaluation projects. At PRGS I became a specialist in a couple of specific policy areas, but I also graduated with a breadth of skills that allows me to work on new issues as needed. The on-the-job training at PRGS has proven to be a particularly valuable benefit of the program. When I arrived at my first job post-PRGS, I already had experience working with interdisciplinary teams on multiple projects at the same time. Finally, the process of conceptualizing and managing my dissertation at PRGS prepared me to take on leadership roles from day one."

Brooke Stearns Lawson

Brooke Stearns Lawson PRGS '11

Current Employment: Conflict Advisor, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Dissertation: Developing Stability: Community-Driven Development and Reconstruction in Conflict-Affected Settings

"PRGS provided a good blend of 'breadth' and 'depth' that have been invaluable to my current position with USAID. Although I was able to focus much of my coursework and on-the-job-training (OJT) on a specific geographic region and a few key subject areas, I also was challenged to explore new topics and develop a wide range of analytic skills. Coming out of PRGS, I was able to hit the ground running and work on a variety of different projects as part of a team. Through my coursework, dissertation and OJT experiences, I also developed experience and skills in quickly getting up-to-speed on an emerging subject area and managing a research project — both of which have been critical to my current job."

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