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MPA Career Services

MPA Career Services

MPA Career Services

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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
Since 2004, Michelle has helped Texas MPA students explore career options and navigate the job search. She holds a Master of Education in Counseling and Guidance with an emphasis in Student Affairs and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.

As the Assistant Director, Michelle organizes career workshops and events, consults with employers to maximize recruiting efforts and partners with students during the career exploration and job searching processes.

Jo-ChauvinJo Chauvin
Sr. Placement Representative
Last fall Jo Chauvin joined the MPA Career team, 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.

Melissa Frausto
Resume Specialist
Melissa has joined the MPA Career Services team on a part-time basis for the fall 2015 semester. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management and a Master of Arts in Legal Studies. Melissa brings considerable experience teaching and advising students on career development and job search skills. Melissa’s primary focus is assisting students with resumes, cover letters, and interview preparation.

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MPA Alumni

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Companies That Hire Texas MPAs

Texas MPA students are highly sought after by top companies around the world. Some of the outstanding companies that hire MPA graduates include:

Andersen Tax bva group Chevron Conoco Phillips Dell Deloitte
Dow Exxon EY GE Capital Grant Thornton hp
intel KPMG Marathon Oil Phillips 66 pwc Spectra Energy

International Students

The MPA International Connection (MIC) is a program dedicated to helping prospective and incoming international MPA students with concerns related to life at The University of Texas at Austin and navigating the job search.

Please contact our MIC volunteers for more information.