I hope you're still considering a rewarding career in public policy. Great entry level jobs in public policy would be as a state level legislative staff member. Often, these offices provide internships as well. This is a good place to start to learn about policy, and oftentimes, work on passing legislation for your office. Additionally, most state level associations, large businesses (Nike/ Intel), and medical groups have a government affairs team. In these positions, you focus on policy that will impact your particular employer. For example, a national non-profit focuses on preventing teacher misconduct in K-12 education. They have example policy and work with all 50 states to try to pass legislation that keep students safe . You could work on creating policy, implementing it within a government agency, or even work as a lobbyist to advocate in favor or opposition to policy. City staff work on local policy- that is another great place to start.
Emily recommends the following next steps:
- Ask for informational interview with your city manager. Ask them what the staff role is on local policy- how this is developed, what type of public outreach there is.