The internship is an integral component of the MPA program. The key purpose of the internship is to provide students with the opportunity to apply the theory and knowledge learned in the classroom to “real world” work experiences. For those students who do not have substantial work experience, internships provide professional contacts and a chance to build their resumes. It allows students to “try out” occupations they may be interested in pursuing. Internships also sometimes lead to full time employment. Students with substantial work experience may apply for an internship waiver.
There are two ways to fulfill the 6-credit internship requirement for the MPA. One way is through the Department’s Internship and Professional Practice Program. The other option is for a student to seek out their own internship.
Internship and Professional Practice (IPP) Program
If you are a member of an organization seeking an intern, or a student looking for more information than presented below, please click here.
Students in the IPP program intern with an organization for 15 hours per week for an entire academic year (late August through late May). Students gain a meaningful, significant managerial and/or analytic work experience in an organizational setting. In compensation for the IPP, students currently receive a tuition scholarship, stipend, and medical benefits.
The IPP is selective. Students apply for IPP’s that the Department develops as part of an overall selection process. The decision whether to offer an IPP rests with the host IPP organization. The Department aims to develop as many IPP opportunities as there are students seeking them. Students can also develop their own IPP placement if it meets the MPA internship requirements.
“In my IPP with the Division of Forensic Services, I utilized reports and data from police, courts and program databases to analyze programs to determine outcomes relevant to the state’s effort to reduce incarceration. I am amazed at how much I have learned!”
–Lindsey Rooker MPA ’13, Intern with the Division of Forensic Services
Click here to download a complete listing all of the state agencies, town governments and nonprofits that have joined the IPP program to date.
Finding Your Own Internship
Not all students use the IPP Program to fulfill the internship requirement. Students completing an internship independently must fill out and submit the Internship Placement Record Form prior to beginning the internship. The internship may be completed over the summer or during the semester. Please see the Internship Policy below for more information.