Careers & Skills

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the GLPP graduate certificate program move into leadership positions in

  • the public sector including elected or appointed positions in the legislature or government agencies at the municipal and state levels
  • nonprofit organizations focused on issues of advocacy
  • research centers and think tanks
  • the private sector including human resource offices, diversity programs, and corporate social responsibility initiatives

Many also continue onto further graduate studies, generally in law and public policy.

Learning Outcomes

This program trains women for leadership positions in the public and nonprofit sectors. Through thoughtful participation in and successful completion of a six-course (18 credit) program, graduates will be able to:

  • Determine opportunities and approaches for effectively influencing policy formation to create a more equitable and just society
  • Analyze dimensions of leadership and authority in groups and organizations, including the impact of gender roles and cultural assumptions
  • Examine the role of women in electoral politics, public sector agencies, and other public leadership roles in a range of settings, including workplaces and communities
  • Apply basic principles of policymaking and analysis in governmental and nongovernmental policy settings, with particular knowledge of the state and federal legislative and budget processes
  • Utilize data to analyze historical and current political processes, institutions, and events, including social movements
  • Implement approaches from feminist and systems psychodynamics perspectives to become effective leaders in diverse organizational settings, including the public and nonprofit sectors
  • Identify and assess fundamental concepts from a variety of research methods, including quantitative, qualitative, and participatory/community-based action research, and understand the value of these methods in the analysis and evaluation of existing public policies and the development of new public policies
  • Draw upon the knowledge and skills acquired during an intensive internship in a nonprofit or public sector setting designed to promote leadership development in the field of politics, broadly defined, and policymaking
  • Understand and apply the theoretical and analytic concept of “intersectionality” so that they can contribute to an understanding of how the intersection of gender, race/ethnicity, and class shapes women’s lived experiences and their potential for leadership

Internship Program

To gain a deeper understanding of the political and policymaking process, graduate certificate students spend 160 hours over the two semesters as interns.

Learn more about internship placements and requirements.

Meet our students and alumnae.