Jobs & Co-ops

Career Overview for Students

The Bachelor of Science degree in public policy and the Master of Science degree in science, technology, and public policy develop students who can effectively formulate public policies and analyze their impacts, particularly as related to science and technology issues. Students will demonstrate a breadth of knowledge and skill set that allows them to integrate policy analysis techniques with technological, political, social, economic, and ethical considerations.

Public Policy students have gotten co-ops and/or jobs at Government agencies (policy analysis and program implementation at the local, state, federal level), private companies (policy analysis, regulatory affairs, marketing, government affairs, new product development, public affairs, policy advocates), and non-profits (policy analysis, policy advocacy, program evaluation). 

Job titles may include: Policy Analyst, Program Evaluator, Regulatory Affairs Specialist, Program Managers for government, non-profit or corporate employers

Cooperative Education Component

Undergraduate students are required to complete at least one co-op work assignment. Typically, this assignment lasts one academic quarter, or about 2-3 months. We generally encourage students to conduct co-op activities during the summer after their junior year in the program.

Salary Information

CO-OP: $12.62 $8.00 - $20.00


We appreciate your interest in your career. We will make every effort to help you succeed. Call our office and ask to speak with Sharitta Gross, the program coordinator who works with the Public Policy program. For your convenience, you can access information and services through our web site. You can also learn more about the program.

Sharitta F. Gross, Program Coordinator

RIT Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services
Bausch & Lomb Center

57 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester NY 14623-5603
Office phone: 585.475.2301, 585.475.6905 (TTY)

What are Public Policy MS Graduates Doing Now?
  • Program Analyst, Office of Inspector General, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Director, Social Research Center, Public Policy Consultant, 
  • American University Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
  • Project Manager, Armenia Sustainable Energy Finance Project, International  Finance Corporation
  • Consultant to World Bank on Energy Issues
  • Energy Sector Analyst, Dragon Capital, Ukraine
  • Project Manager, Energy Solutions, Oakland, CA
  • Ph.D. in Communications at the University at Buffalo
  • Information Technology Risk and Audit Management Associate, Royal Bank of Scotland, Stamford, CT
  • Fulbright Visiting Scientist – Mechanical Engineering, Energy Studies Institute – National University of Singapore
  • Spacecraft Vehicle Engineer, The Boeing Company, Washington, DC
  • Energy Efficiency Analyst, Integral Analytics, Cincinnati, OH
  • Program Manager, ENERGY STAR Appliance Program, U.S. Environmental  Protection Agency
  • Ph.D. University of California – Davis, Transportation Policy
  • Ed.D. Executive Leadership, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY
  • MS Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Associate Staff Member, Dynamis, Washington, DC
  • Program Analyst, Department of Veterans Affairs, Rochester, NY
  • Dockets Analyst, Bloomberg, Skillman, NJ
  • Assistant Director Research Relations, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Project Manager, Magna Powertrain, Troy, MI
  • Training & Support for Deaf in Developing Countries, The Nippon Foundation, Tokyo, Japan
  • Assistant Director, Public Safety Initiatives Center, City of Rochester & RIT Collaborative
  • Ph.D. Candidate in Energy and Environmental Policy at University of Delaware
  • Project HOPE Director, DEAF, Inc., Boston, MA
  • Researcher, Data Analyst, GIS Specialist, Energy & Environmental Research Associates
  • Senior Crime Research Specialist, Rochester Police Department
  • International Program Manager, Center for Energy & Resource Development, American University at Kosovo, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Program Coordinator, Huther-Doyle Memorial Institute, Rochester, NY
  • Ph.D., Water Resources Engineering, SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry
  • Energy Efficiency & Conservation Advisor, U. S. Department of State, Washington, DC
  • Research Assistant, United States Senate, Washington, DC
Policy Internships/Co-ops