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Students and Alumni

Becoming part of Stanford's academic community is among the most rewarding parts of the POLS year.  Relationships with faculty, fellow cohort members, and administrative staff are central to the intellectual journey and will endure long after your time on campus.

Student Voices

We now invite you to get to know some of our recent alumni and learn more about the careers they pursue following graduation.  Also, Shannon Birk Jibaja, 2013 POLS alumna, offers advice on how to make the most of your Stanford experience.

Photo of Pilar Beccar-Varela
MA program in Policy, Organization and Leadership Studies (POLS)
Photo of Stephanie Frenel
MA program in Policy, Organization and Leadership Studies (POLS)
Photo of Amanda Lu
Joint MA/MPP program in Policy, Organization and Leadership Studies (POLS) and Public Policy
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MA program in Policy, Organization and Leadership Studies (POLS)
Photo of Jomayra Herrera
MA program in Policy, Organization and Leadership Studies (POLS)

Alumni Careers

POLS alumni work in leadership positions in a great variety of education enterprises, including edtech and firms, education philanthropies, corporate and educational recruiting, and administrative positions in preK-12 and postsecondary schools worldwide. Below are a few examples of positions and organizations POLS alumni pursue following graduation.

  • Academic Dean, Arete Preparatory Academy
  • Academic Dean, Leadership Public Schools
  • Academic Program Manager, Summit Public Schools
  • Admission Counselor, Stanford University’s Office of Undergraduate Admission
  • Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Oberlin College
  • Assistant Principal, Rocketship San Jose
  • College Readiness Manager, Breakthrough Silicon Valley
  • Councilmember, City of San Jose (MA/MPP graduate)
  • Education Analyst, Emerson Collective
  • Education Director, Puente de la Costa Sur
  • Educational Policy Analyst, San Francisco Unified School District
  • LLI Study Coordinator, Oakland Unified School District
  • Program Manager, Reading Partners
  • School Partnerships Manager, NoRedInk

In addition, for the Graduate School of Education's students and alumni, Stanford EdCareers provides career counseling, a database of education-related organizations and job-postings, an annual career fair, and many more resources.  Once you become a Stanford Graduate School of Education student, you will be able to register and start browsing for education-related jobs and career events.


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