Pardee RAND Careers & Alumni

When students graduate from Pardee RAND they pursue a wide variety of careers. Our Career Development staff coaches and advises students during their time on campus and assists alumni on their career paths as well. We also encourage alumni to return to campus and share their experiences with current students.

Career Development

Students and alumni at a recent networking mixer

Current students and alumni at a recent networking mixer

Pardee RAND has a dedicated Career Development office that educates Pardee RAND students throughout their time with us on the wide variety of career opportunities open to them as they graduate. Additionally, Career Development provides support through resume reviews and supports students in their job search, with interviewing and job market talk preparation, and assistance in negotiating final offers.

We host a variety of events and information sessions throughout the year:

  • Recruiting and information sessions with potential employers
  • Skills workshops (i.e. Presentation Skills, Conference Networking)
  • Pardee RAND Alumni talks: informal sessions with plenty of Q & A
  • Career networking mixers

Alumni Careers

Pardee RAND 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 Pardee RAND 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.

A list of recent initial job placements is available online.

Alumni News

Pardee RAND staff love to follow the career progress of our alumni. If you have news to share, please contact us!

  • Dardia to Represent Alumni on Board of Governors

    Sep 5, 2017

    Michael Dardia (cohort '89) will join the Pardee RAND Board of Governors in November as the new alumni representative. He recently participated in a Q&A session with the School's new development officer.

  • Lessons from Israel's Wars in Gaza

    Jul 26, 2017

    The Israel Defense Force had to evolve to meet an adaptive and determined hybrid adversary during its wars in Gaza. Student Elizabeth Bartels (cohort '15) and alum/prof Shira Efron (cohort '11) found that the U.S. Army and the joint force can learn from the IDF's challenge of balancing intense international legal public scrutiny and the hard operational realities of urban warfare.

  • Pittsburgh's Options to Address Lead in Its Water

    Jul 18, 2017

    Pittsburgh is struggling to improve its aging water system. Student Michele Abbott (cohort '14) and alum/professor Jordan Fischbach (cohort '04) review the history and recent developments related to the use of lead pipes and the policy options for lead remediation currently being weighed by local decisionmakers.

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