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Transform Government

Experience that Earns You a Seat at the Table

MSPPM: Washington, D.C.

Year One in Pittsburgh. Year Two in D.C.

Gain invaluable work experience by day while completing your coursework by night in the MSPPM: Washington, D.C. pathway. This program provides you with a direct route to a high-level career in governmental policy and research—whether in Washington or another nation—by gaining a year of D.C. work experience and building your professional network while in school.

Heinz College's MSPPM-DC program is the highest-ranked public policy degree program in Washington, D.C. You will develop skills in data analytics and management strategies during your first year on campus in Pittsburgh. In year two, you will do real work on the ground through a year-long apprenticeship for a government agency, D.C. non-profit, or consulting group, while completing a challenging blend of policy analysis and methods courses, and a Capstone Project for a D.C. client.

Dedicated to public service? Want to have an impact on policy right away? This is the program for you.

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (1st Year) | Washington, D.C. (2nd Year)
Duration: 2 Years / 4 Semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer Internship, Fall, Spring)

D.C. Apprenticeship — EXPERIENCE + ACCESS

A key feature of the MSPPM: Washington, D.C. pathway is the required second year apprenticeship. Students take mostly evening classes in the second year to accommodate a 30+ hour per week work schedule that delivers real-world experience. Apprenticeships are hosted by both public and private firms.

Since they work nearly full-time hours for the entire year—and because they come in equipped with Heinz analytical skills that are unmatched by other policy schools—our students often find that they are entrusted with higher-level projects and responsibilities than a typical intern. Some recent examples:

  • Performed extensive quantitative analysis of 13,000+ international and domestic criminal law cases currently being pursued by the U.S. federal government
  • Analyzed and compiled data for an agency report to Congress
  • Facilitated SWOT analyses, which were then direct inputs to senior leadership's strategic action plan
  • Evaluated future markets and contributed to bid efforts for a government consulting firm
  • Contributed research and analysis to a report on the rapid increase in migration of unaccompanied children from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras
  • Named Data Lead and Business-to-IT Translator for a White House project, developing key performance indicators and metrics

That kind of access and rich experience translates to significant career advantage upon graduation.

Additionally, roughly 60 percent of MSPPM: Washington, D.C. students receive full-time employment offers from their apprenticeships.


John Lira (MSPPM-DC '15) came to Heinz following a career with the U.S. military. He apprenticed for the CNCS, working across agencies on veterans issues. Now, he works there full-time.

Recent D.C. apprenticeships:

  • Africares
  • American Institutes for Research
  • Aspen Institute
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Center for American Progress
  • CNN
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Corporation for National and Community Service
  • Council of Foreign Relations
  • D.C. Cancer Consortium
  • D.C. Public Charter School Board
  • Deloitte
  • Federal City Council
  • Heinz Center for the Environment
  • Hudson Institute
  • Intelligent Transportation Society of America
  • Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Library of Congress
  • MITRE Corporation
  • National Academy of Engineering
  • National Alliance to End Homelessness
  • National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
  • National Governor's Association
  • National League of Cities
  • National Science Foundation
  • Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS)
  • Neustar
  • Peace Corps
  • Pew Research Center
  • State Superintendent of Education
  • United Nations
  • Urban Institute
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. Department of Commerce
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • U.S. Department of the Interior
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • U.S. Department of Labor
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • U.S. Office of Management and the Budget (OMB)
  • U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
  • U.S. Senate
  • The White House
  • World Bank

My Story: Rodolfo

Rodolfo Scannone (MSPPM '18) is from Caracas, Venezuela. Driven by a desire to lead change in his home country, he chose MSPPM: Washington, D.C. to learn how to tackle systemic problems.

My Story: Felix

Felix Tettey (MSPPM '18) is from Ghana. Hear about how the MSPPM: Washington, D.C. pathway is powering his goals in economics and international development.

MSPPM: Washington, D.C. Curriculum

NOTE: MSPPM: Washington, D.C. follows the same academic schedule as MSPPM: Pittsburgh, which begins in August and lasts four semesters, graduating in May. MSPPM-DC is not compatible with MSPPM: Data Analytics, Global, or Fast Track.


Data shown reflects the last three years.

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MSPPM Pathways

Compare all five MSPPM options at a glance

The MSPPM program is offered in five distinct modalities—Pittsburgh (Two-Year), Data Analytics, Washington D.C., Fast Track (Three-Semester), and Global. Compare all five and choose the path that best suits your mission.