Introducing the New MPA Career Services Team!

logo center for carrer & professional developmentOne of the unique and exciting aspects of the MPA program at John Jay is the team at the Center for Career and Professional Development dedicated to supporting MPA students through the various processes surrounding internships, career changes and career advancement. Click “Read More” to learn more the team.

Jovanny A. Suriel, Associate Director at the Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD), holds a Master of Education and a Master of Arts in Psychological Counseling from Columbia University Teachers College. He currently is a Mental Health/Career Counselor in NYC and has previously worked in previous roles providing professional and career development for students and early professionals. As a member of the Career Center, Jovanny serves as the Career Advisor for the MPA program, as well as partnering with the Dept. of Graduate Studies to support the of programming for professional development and career exploration.

Jovanny heads up the MPA team at CCPD, with support from Elizabeth Oguntoye and Peter Federman. Peter and Elizabeth are MPA students themselves who work with Jovanny to create and execute programming specific to the professional concerns of their peers. The team is available by appointment to assist students with career advisement and planning, resume and cover letter support, or developing strategies to search for internships.

In addition, CCPD and the team frequently hold events such as workshops, panel discussions and career fairs geared specifically towards MPA students. Information on these events can always be found on the MPA Newsletter’s Career Announcements page, at

Tips and Hints:


  • Do your research and be open! You’ve worked hard for you credentials; however, some employers want significant experience before moving you up in the ranks. So of course, your MPA will help you move up faster but be sure to be open to starting near the bottom and working upward with time and experience.
  • Strategically network and/or volunteer, meaning volunteer or network in positions that are growing your specific strengths and supporting your ability to learn. Don’t be afraid to click on the advanced search button/tool on the John Jay Careers website. Use key words to what you are specifically looking for! Internships, research assistantships, and informational interviewing are all useful tools.

Elizabeth Oguntoye, Graduate Assistant

  • Do you have your act together? It takes practice to master your interviewing skills. It is important in today’s job market that you have what it takes to sell yourself in an interview. Before your scheduled interview, swing by CCPD which offers mock interviews as well as workshops, providing students with training and professional one-on-one opportunities to practice their interviewing skills.
  • Use your John Jay Careers online account to its full advantage! There you will be able to create a profile, search and apply for jobs and internships, RSPV for workshops, register for events, and request a counseling appointment with any staff member of CCPD MPA services.

Peter Federman, Graduate Assistant

  • Use the fantastic resources available to you at John Jay. Faculty can be very helpful in helping you find research opportunities, or if you are more interested in getting out into the workforce, the CCPD team will help you navigate the job market. Your peers are great resources too. At John Jay, you never know who will be sitting next to you in class, from a FDNY chief to a fast-rising star in the non-profit world. Get out there and make connections!
  • Remember that first impressions are important. Need some help making your resume and cover letter reflect your experience and professionalism? Stop by CCPD anytime or make an appointment with one of us to make sure you’re on the right track.

CCPD gives MPA students access to all of the services they offer every day, but with the addition of a dedicated Career advisor and graduate students in place to support them. You can contact any of the dedicated MPA CCPD team through the CCPD website. Click the link below for resources, job opportunities or to make an appointment with a member of the team!