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!

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    Alum Shares Lessons from Italy’s Response to Coronavirus

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    Alum Michele Zanini (cohort '96) coauthored a Harvard Business Review article "to help U.S. and European policymakers at all levels learn from Italy’s mistakes so they can recognize and address the unprecedented challenges presented by the rapidly expanding crisis."

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    Mar 23, 2020

    Alum Arthur Brooks (cohort '96) writes, "While public health officials are no doubt correct that social distancing is necessary, as a social scientist I would add that it is a necessary evil. Enormous amounts of scholarship have shown that social connectedness is central to well-being and good mental health."

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