Government and Social Services

Career Interest Cluster

This cluster might be for you if: you want to contribute to your community, have a particular cause you’re passionate about, want to apply your skills to injustices you see around you, have a desire to help or counsel others, or are interested in international affairs and/or politics

This cluster includes careers in: advocacy, community organizations, counseling and mental health services, environmental sciences, government (local, state, and federal), international development, law, military, ministry, public health, public policy, social justice 

Gain experience by: volunteering, internships, student leadership positions, student employment. Check out opportunities here!

Graduate degrees for this cluster: MPP, MPA, MPH, MBA, LCSW, LMFT, LPC, PsyD, PhD, MDiv, and more!

Cluster Events: Check out our events calendar! 


USA Jobs : Job board for most United States federal jobs
Partnership for Public Service : guides for applying to federal jobs
Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) : resources for graduate schools and employment in the international affairs field 
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits: trainings, resources and job/internship board for nonprofit jobs in Minnesota (similar associations exist for most states - check National Council of Nonprofits for listings) 
Pollen Midwest : events, storytelling, and job/internship listings for Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the native nations that share their geography : Job and internship board that includes positions across the US, the world, and those that are fully remote 
Year of Service : Considering a year of service? These resources are for you!
Gustavus Fellowships Office : Resources and assistance for those exploring competitive fellowships and scholarships 
Pre-law: Interested in a career in law? Check out Gustavus's pre-law resources, and connect with the pre-law advisor, Michelle Zehnder Fischer 

Looking for something else? Feel free to reach out to this cluster’s specialist, Laura Hurley ( 

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Laura Hurley

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Career Development Specialist - Government and Social Services, - 507-933-7532 - Johnson Student Union 215

To schedule an appointment with Laura, log in to Handshake and follow these instructions, call 507-933-7575, or stop in to the office - 209 Johnson Student Union.


 Updated 05/17/22 JV