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The Fletcher School at Tufts University

Alumni Tackle Major Issues Across Sectors, From Climate to Technology Policy


Graduates of The Fletcher School at Tufts University are finding jobs confronting some of today’s most significant problems. Employed by government agencies and nonprofits, alumni address questions related to climate, gender, and migration. Others are privacy engineers at tech companies or direct environmental, social, and governance (ESG) programs for major corporations.

The Fletcher School offers fields of study in each of these areas, says Elana Givens, director of career services. “Fletcher is very good at preparing students to address the critical issues of today and tomorrow as they relate to career paths,” she says.

In response to the skyrocketing need for expertise in technology-related policy, Fletcher has developed degree options in technology, cybersecurity, and internet policy. Recent graduates now work as a privacy engineer for Google, a cyber-risk consultant for Deloitte, and a policy analyst in the Office of Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection for the US Department of the Treasury.

As corporations and consulting firms announce climate targets and embrace impact investment, Fletcher graduates have found jobs in the field in both the public and private sectors. One recent graduate is working as a manager of responsible sourcing for the Hershey Co. Others work with the United Nations Environment Programme and CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project). In the field of international development and environmental policy, Fletcher’s reputation is bolstered by its dean, Rachel Kyte, who is a leader in climate change issues and worked at the United Nations and World Bank Group.

With research centers on campus, such as the Henry J. Leir Institute for Migration and Human Security, as well as a comprehensive gender and intersectional analysis program, students develop a fundamental framework and aptitude for research, which makes them successful in policy work. Two recent Fletcher graduates have found employment with the nonprofit International Rescue Committee, one working as a data and evaluations specialist, and the other as an Afghan evacuee response staff member.

“Strongly positioned schools prepare students to address the critical issues of today and tomorrow as they relate to career paths.” –Elana Givens, Director of Career Services, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

Additionally, many graduates of the school’s gender and intersectional analysis program now advocate for women’s rights to education and equal employment with USAID, Save the Children, and various nonprofits.

To prepare students for these and other careers, Fletcher requires them to conduct a personal “gap analysis,” using job description requirements in career fields of interest, so they know which skills they need to develop.

“I say to students, look at what you want to do in your life and the skills and knowledge that are required,” Givens says. “You should use that to determine how to use your time at Fletcher.”

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