Hire a Graduate Public Policy Intern

Hire a Graduate Public Policy Intern

Second Year Graduate MPA and MPP Interns

The Internship and Professional Practice (IPP) Program matches the Department of Public Policy’s second year Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Public Policy (MPP) graduate students with state agencies, municipal governments and nonprofit organizations for an entire academic year.

585 HOURS: Graduate Interns work on special projects and provide program support for 15 hours a week for nine months (August 23, 2020—May 22, 2021)—a total of 585 hours for 39 weeks.

QUANTITATIVE & ASSESSMENT SKILLS: Most students have completed a year of rigorous graduate study and have developed significant skills in finance and budgeting, research design, statistical analysis, economics, policy analysis, human resources and other key areas of public and nonprofit program management.

LOW COST, HIGH YIELD: The cost for an IPP intern to work in your organization is $16,500. We handle all the administrative paperwork and payroll details. THE RIGHT MATCH: You interview the graduate students. Together we find the right match of a skilled student to meet your needs.

UConn DPP Paid Internships

Timeline (2020)

February 14, 2020: Intent to Participate Form Deadline: This is not a commitment by you, only an expression of intent. You have no obligation until you choose to select an IPP student.

March 24- April 24: Interviews, Selection and Offer Process

August 23: Supervisor Orientation and Your Chosen IPP Graduate Intern Joins the Work of Your Organization


  • Employers select qualified MPA and MPP students through a competitive application process.
  • Classes are held in the evening, which allows the intern to work during the day.


A Thirteen Year Track Record

View our complete list of all of the state agencies, town governments and nonprofits that have hired DPP Graduate Interns over the last 13 years.

IPP Overview Flyer for Interested Organizations


Contact Dr. David Garvey, Director of Public Policy Internships by email at david.garvey@uconn.edu or by phone at 959-200-3768.

Internship Profile

Mariela Abreu, MPA 2018

City of Hartford
Office of Management, Budget, & Grants

INTERNSHIP: Graduate intern Mariela Abreu is providing financial analysis and research to support senior leadership in the development of an operating budget, budget projections for the upcoming fiscal years, and long-term fiscal sustainability plan for the City of Hartford.

Pictured with Mariela is Melissa McCaw, Director of Management, Budget & Grants and Jeff Hallin, Assistant Director, Along with Kory Mills, Management Analyst for the City of Hartford.