Employment Regulations and Opportunities
HOW CAN I LEARN ABOUT EMPLOYMENT REGULATIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES?
After meeting specific criteria, guidelines, and application deadlines, MPA and MUP students are able to seek on-campus and off-campus employment both prior to and after the completion of their degree. (EMPA may seek off-campus employent after the completion of their degree.) The workshops and advisement sessions on employment regulations, applications and procedures are essential, and all international students must attend them for necessary information and guidance. To learn more, see here.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) allows international students to accept relevant, off-campus employment that is required for the student's degree. MPA and MUP students on a visa may use the CPT work authorization to complete the Professional Experience Requirement (PER). Students generally use their CPT in the summer in between their first and second years. CPT may only be used once and must commence before students begin Capstone.
Optional Practical Training (OPT) allows international students to take on additional relevelant employment that is directly related to their major field of study.
Students generally use "Post-completion OPT" which makes them eligible to work for one year after graduation. Another option, "Pre-completion OPT," allows you to accept relevant employment prior to graduation. Please note that the OPT process generally takes about 3 months so prepare in advance.
Wagner's Office of Career Services (OCS) offers resources for students and alumni to develop appropriate strategies that lead to successful careers in public service. OCS resources are available to students as of the first day of class and students are encouraged to take advantage of the many services offered, including the Wagner Career Directory (job/internship listings), one-on-one advisement, and a variety of career-related events.
Wagner students may also access NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development, typically for on-campus positions. The Wasserman Center is located at 133 E. 13th Street, 2nd Floor, between 3rd and 4th Avenues. To access NYU’s on-campus job listings, you must register in person with the Wasserman Center.