Internships

Timeline

Spring 2023 Timeline for Internship

  • By October 15 - attend an introduction session, apply for SPA internship, and schedule an internship intake interview

  • By October 30 - use suggested resources to identify, research, search, and apply for multiple relevant work-learning/internship opportunities

  • By November 30 - accept/decline the internship(s) for which you have been selected and fill out the first documents for approval

  • By December 15 - complete internship confirmation and competencies documents with supervisor/agency to start final agreement and approval for credit

  • By January 1-all parties complete the approval agreement, and the student is cleared to register for PAF484/584 in spring 2023

Introduction to Internship

An internship is a work-learning experience that enhances your education experience by providing an opportunity for you to

  • Explore work and career pathways in public and community service

  • Apply classroom knowledge and skills to professional projects and workplace solutions

  • Develop highly valued transferable skills and competencies in leadership and management 

  • Build professional relationships and establish yourself as an emerging professional

  • Understand recruitment and hiring processes and trends for a successful transition and gain a competitive edge in today’s marketplace!

As a junior or senior, planning to graduate in May or August 2023 it is time to prepare for an internship in the Spring or Summer of 2023.  On average, identifying, seeking, and securing an internship takes approximately 3-6 months.  

The School of Public Affairs (SPA) Internship Program

The Bachelor of Science in Public Service and Public Policy (all concentrations) and Bachelor of Science in Urban Metropolitan Studies degree programs require that students complete their internship and participate in the PAF484-Internship class, earning academic credit for their work-learning experience.  Graduate students pursuing a Master's of Public Administration or a Master's of Public Policy may elect to participate in an internship and earn academic credit (PAF 584) toward their degree.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) research has found a strong positive relationship between student participation in internships and increased probability of receiving professional employment offers while searching for post-graduation work prior to graduation.  Recruiting and hiring in the field of public service is no different than other occupations - Everyone wants to hire knowledgeable and skilled candidates.

First steps to identifying, seeking, and qualifying an internship

1.    Attend a SPA Internship Introduction Session -recommended: one semester prior to the semester that you plan to participate in an internship and the PAF484 or PAF 584 course. Register for an Introduction Session here. Virtual workshops for spring 2023 internships are scheduled, Fridays at noon through October.

2.    Prepare a SPA Internship Application

3.    Meet with the Internship Coordinator for an Intake Interview, to learn about current opportunities, review your application and promotional materials, develop a search plan, or qualify an internship for which you have been selected for credit and participation in the PAF 484/584 course, during the same semester.

 

Resource Guide

 

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Identifying an Internship