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Get to know MPA Career Services

Career consultants are your partners in realizing your career goals. In addition to one-on-one advising, MPA Career Services offers a number of professional development and job search events throughout the year. Prominent organizations from all over the country hire Texas MPAs.

Jim Franklin
Director, MPA Program
Jim earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The Wharton School, and is a proud 1993 Texas MPA graduate. He holds dual CPA certifications in Texas and California. His professional experience includes roles with RJR/Nabisco, Deloitte and the U.S. Department of the Treasury-Internal Revenue Service.

As the Director of the MPA program and career services, Jim represents Career Services to various university and employer audiences. He provides general oversight of the department's career development and employer relations programs.

Michelle Polkinghorn Michelle Polkinghorn
Assistant Director
Michelle oversees operational planning and implementation of a variety of career events, services, and initiatives.  She partners with students regarding career exploration and job search strategies, and consults with employers to maximize recruiting efforts.  

Jo ChauvinJo Chauvin
Sr. Career Consultant
Jo Chauvin joined the MPA Career team in 2014, after having worked in the MPA Program Office for over 10 years as our Special Projects Coordinator. Jo’s specialty is networking and assisting students in making connections with employers and others.

David Meintrup
Sr. Career Consultant
David is a Certified Career Coach with extensive experience working with business students in university settings including The University of Texas at Austin, Baylor University, Georgetown University and the University of Phoenix. He has also worked with middle managers and executives in career transition at an outplacement firm.

David has a strong resume writing and interview preparation background, and is passionate about career management.

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