PA 498 is an intensive one-semester class which includes an internship with a government or nonprofit agency. The practical experience gained through an internship placement adds a valuable educational dimension to the classroom study of public administration. Internships are also a proven strategy for gaining relevant work experience, networking with professionals in the student’s field of interest and focusing career objectives. Internship assignments have been carefully developed with the School of Public Affairs’ agency partners to provide students with the marketable skills required to be competitive for entry level government and non-profit positions after graduation. Placements are available in a wide variety of local government agencies, elected officials’ offices and non-profit organizations.
PA 796 (internship class) is an important component to the MPA instructional program. Students are permitted to apply for enrollment in PA 796 after completing their first semester and successfully passing the screening exam. Internships take place in public and non-profit sector agencies.
The MPA Internship Coordinator meets individually with each student to discuss career goals and research interests. The MPA Internship Coordinator provides each student with leads for pre-approved internship assignments that are consistent with the student’s career and learning objectives. Internships will be in government or non-profit agencies and consist of program management, strategic planning, research, data collection and analysis, grant writing and other substantive duties to compliment the student’s coursework and ensure the student has the experience needed to enter the public sector workforce or promote within his/her current organization. The student will work under the joint supervision of the course instructor (MPA Internship Coordinator) and on-site supervisor. Students will complete written assignments as required and attend one group meeting during the semester to share their experiences. Upon completing the designated number of hours for the course, the student’s on-site supervisor will complete a performance evaluation of the student’s work.
For information about the MPA Internship Requirement and Internship Waiver please click here.