All STPP students have access to dedicated academic and career advising, and are encouraged to connect with STPP staff for support and academic planning.

Academic planning

Completing a graduate certificate in addition to your primary degree is an excellent way to signal to prospective employers that you have specialized expertise. Planning ahead makes it much more likely that you will be able to complete all the requirements on time. We encourage students to schedule an advising appointment early on in their STPP careers, in order to plan their coursework and identify any potential challenges. 

Career advising

STPP staff are equipped to help students plan for a wide range of careers, both inside and outside academia, and to help students identify and access resources at the Ford School and across the University. Staff can assist with applying for fellowships, finding internships, preparing for interviews, and networking, including making connections with STPP alumni. Career advising is available to all STPP students at any point during their time in graduate school, including after they have finished their STPP coursework. 


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"I'm in the neuroscience graduate program, but I wanted hands on training in policy, from people who study policy, and that was really unique to Michigan."

Stephanie Sandoval-Pistorius, PhD candidate in neuroscience, STPP certificate student

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