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Career Services

At Presidio, we seek to help our students discover professional opportunities that lie at the intersection of their passion and their knowledge. Career development opportunities are available throughout your program and integrated into your courses so you can simultaneously develop your leadership acumen and clarify your understanding of what particular sustainability challenge you are uniquely equipped to impact.

Whether you’re beginning a new chapter in your career journey or evolving an existing career, our Office of Career Services is excited to help you identify and pursue career opportunities that are fulfilling and aligned with your values. We offer a range of programs to help equip you with key career development skills and help you execute a robust, successful job search:

Career Building Resources

  • Individual career coaching
  • Industry-specific internship and job postings
  • Workshops, presentations, and information sessions on networking, job offer negotiations, and workforce trends
  • Resume workshops, cover letter support, and mock interviews
  • Curated networking events and opportunities with alumni and employers
  • Connections to industry conferences, case competitions, and professional associations
  • Online Career Services resource center 

Mentor in Residence Program

  • Mentors spend a year in residence at Presidio to provide students with professional guidance, career advice, and industry connections
  • Deep personal connections with sustainability leaders from among the world’s leading organizations
  • Mentors represent a variety of disciplines and interests 

Sustainability Consulting Shadow Program

  • Shadow PGS Consults employees as they guide global organizations in high-impact sustainability and DEI efforts 
  • Apply classroom learning with real-world companies
  • Jump-start your impact! Make a positive change before you graduate
  • Gain the critical skills and practical tools to launch your career as a sustainable consultant
  • Opportunities to get involved in paid client projects 

Career Outlook

Demand is growing for managers and leaders with sustainability and social justice expertise. A Presidio education can help you achieve your career goals.

Source: 2022 Presidio Graduate School Alumni Survey

Presidio Alumni Employers

Ballmer Group Google
Carbon Leadership Forum HIP Investor
City of Berkeley REI
City of Fremont Salesforce
California State Department of Health The North Face
Columbia Sportswear Workday

Presidio Alumni Job Titles

  • C-Suite (CEO/COO/CFO)
  • Chief Sustainability Officer
  • Director for Sustainability
  • Energy Manager
  • ESG Manager
  • Executive Director
  • Managing Director
  • Project Manager
  • Sustainability Analyst
  • Sustainability Consultant
  • Vice President ESG Strategy
  • Vice President HR/Sustainability
79% Earn $80k or more-and 66% earn more than $100k.
86% Are employed at or above the manager level.
86% State that their Presidio experience enhanced their life.

Networking Opportunities

One of the most powerful elements of the Presidio experience is our tight-knit network of passionate changemakers. As a student, you will join and gain access to a community of dedicated, creative professionals working across the private sector to build more just, sustainable systems. 

In the spirit of our mission to educate changemakers to build a flourishing future for all, we offer networking opportunities for our students, staff, faculty, board members, and organizational partners. Across our showcases, conferences, and community events, we encourage community members to forge professional connections and craft introductions to external organizations in the position to bolster our students’ career goals. 

The Presidio MPA Degree

Create a career designing and managing policies and programs that address the critical social and structural challenges of our time, with a focus on climate change, racial injustice, growing inequality, technological change and cybersecurity,
and unforeseen threats such as pandemics.

In the Presidio MPA program, you will learn to develop and translate your mission into effective solutions through small class sizes with extraordinary faculty, deep case study and experiential learning, one-on-one coaching, and community engagement, allowing you to build professional skills while in the program. Explore the roles that could be in your future.

Source: 2022 Presidio Graduate School Alumni Survey

ESG Manager

Project Manager

Energy Manager

Chief Sustainability Officer

Sustainability Consultant

Executive Director

Sustainability Analyst

Commit to a brighter future for yourself and the planet.

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