PRGS Alumni Employment Statistics

What PRGS Alumni Are Doing

PRGS graduates

Here's what some recent graduates are doing:

  • Policy analysts at research institutions
  • Assistant professors at schools of public policy and public health
  • Intelligence analyst for a national security agency
  • Enviromental 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 2009-2011

Abt Associates
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
Government of Bulgaria
Harvard Center for Education Policy Research
HDR, Inc.
HEC School of Management
IMS Health, Inc.
KNG Health Consulting
RAND Corporation
Republic of Korea Air Force
Simon Fraser University
Southern California Edison
United Nations – Department of Economic and Social Affairs
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 New Mexico
University of Southern California
World Bank
Zirve University

Recent Alumni Highlights

Diana Epstein PRGS '09

Current Employment: Senior Education Policy Analyst, Center for American Progress

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

"My PRGS training prepared me very well for my position at Abt Associates. 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 Abt, 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 at Abt from day one."

Jennifer Wong PRGS '09

Current Employment: Assistant Professor of Criminology, Simon Fraser University (Canada)

Dissertation: No Bullies Allowed—Understanding Peer Victimization, the Impacts on Delinquency, and the Effectiveness of Prevention Programs

"When I was hired as an assistant professor of criminology at Simon Fraser University (Canada), I was at first apprehensive about my fit for the position. I was the lone Ph.D. in policy analysis surrounded by a faculty filled mostly with lawyers and criminologists. I was soon pleased to discover that the quantitative and analytic skills I acquired at PRGS are enormously valuable and widely applicable. This puts me in the flexible position of 'jack of all trades'. My limited background in criminological theory is easily made up for through focused reading, and my marketability for project work across a wide range of substantive areas makes me a valuable team member. The coursework and on-the-job-training provided by PRGS ensured that my research options are boundless, and I relish the diversity."


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