Careers and Alumni

Alum Brent Fulton (cohort '01) talks with students during a career seminar

Photo by Adriane Reams/RAND Corporation

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

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!

  • Five Faculty Win Awards for Mentoring

    Oct 27, 2021

    RAND recently recognized five Pardee RAND faculty members — one of whom is also an alum — for their valuable contributions in mentoring junior researchers and advising colleagues.

  • ‘Federal Service Is Incredibly Fulfilling’: Q&A with Alum David Howell

    Aug 31, 2021

    Looking at the career of alum David Howell (cohort '03), it might seem like he was helping the United States prepare for the COVID-19 pandemic since he graduated. He spoke with us about his experience in the federal government, working on pandemic preparedness and response, and more.

  • Close up of a police car at a nighttime traffic stop, photo by RichLegg/Getty Images

    Can Novel 'Swift-Certain-Fair' Programs Work Outside of Pioneering Jurisdictions?

    Jul 20, 2021

    South Dakota's 24/7 Sobriety Program requires individuals charged or convicted of alcohol-involved offenses to avoid alcohol and submit to frequent testing. Alum Gregory Midgette (cohort '09) and Prof. Beau Kilmer say this successful program appears to be making a difference in Montana as well.

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