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 students may seek off-campus employment 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, visit the OGS Employment information page


Curricular Practical Training (CPT) allows international students to accept paid off-campus employment that is relevant and required for the student's degree. CPT may be used twice and is tied to the Professional Experience Requirement (PER). PER is a degree requirements must commence before students begin Capstone. MPA and MUP students must study for two consecutive semesters before they are eligible to use CPT. Generally, students will use CPT in the summer in between their first and second years (to be Capstone eligible) and during one of the semesters in their second year.


Optional Practical Training (OPT) allows international students to take on additional relevant 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. 

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