Career Services and Professional Development
Putting policy into practice.
Our graduates’ Batten School experiences have led them to challenging positions that literally span the globe. Whether pursuing a fellowship in Cambodia or for-profit consultancies in our nation’s largest cities, our graduates are ever-mindful of the School's founding purpose--to educate ethical and enlightened leaders who are prepared to serve as thoughtful change-agents in whatever position they pursue.
To help students and graduates achieve this goal, the Office of Career Services and Professional Development connects students, alumni, and employers through a variety of educational and networking events, both on-Grounds in Charlottesville and Washington, DC. Rated one of the most desirable cities in America, in Charlottesville Batten School students have the ability to intern with high-level policymakers on the local level. With the state capital only an hour away, others have found rewarding internships and full-time positions working with state officials in Richmond.
Situated only two hours from Washington, DC, the Batten School’s proximity to our nation’s capital provides students with ample opportunities to cultivate relationships with policymakers at the highest level. The Batten School’s off-site networking “bus trips” have become a student favorite, with recent trips featuring meetings with representatives from the U.S. Department of State, the Gates Foundation, Chemonics International, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Career Services for Students and Alumni
From on-Grounds interviews to resume and cover letter workshops, the Office of Career Services and Professional Development is here to help you throughout your entire career path—from landing your first internship and first full-time position to making career changes long after you have graduated.
In addition to weekly programming, Career and Professional Development staff maintain a true “open door policy,” advising students one-on-one about their short- and long-term career goals. Through videotaped mock interviews and personality assessments, students receive valuable insight into their strengths and areas for growth.
Even in a time of economic downturn, our students have enjoyed an incredible record of employment, with one of the highest “employed-at-graduation” rates among the University Schools. Their full-time positions are as varied as our graduates themselves, including positions as Presidential Management Fellows, Fulbright Scholars, federal practice consultants, analysts at federal agencies, managers at nonprofits, and international teaching and service fellows.
Beyond the immediate career services of the Batten School, our students have full access to the University Career Services’ offerings. In addition to a rigorous OGI (“On-Grounds Interviewing”) program, the UCS maintains an international directory of UVa alumni who stand willing and ready to serve as mentors to students seeking policy-based internships and full-time positions. The Batten School collaborates with UCS in hosting multiple large-scale career fairs, including a diversity-based fair in Charlottesville in the fall and a public sector fair held each spring in Washington, DC.
Jill S. Rockwell, Assistant Dean of Students and Career Services
Paul S. Martin, Director of Professional Development
James Paradis, Career and Student Services Coordinator