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Department of Political Science

MPA Internship (1 Credit Hour)


Pre-service students are required to complete an internship (POLSC 897). This entails serving in a full-time administrative position for a period of at least 10 weeks (400 hours) in the public sector, or in a not-for-profit agency.

Internship positions are coordinated by the Director of Graduate Studies.  Ideally the internship should occur after the second semester of full time coursework. All internships are competitive in nature and are available on a regular basis with state, county, and local governments. A student's progress in the internship is monitored by the student's immediate supervisor and by the Director of Graduate Studies.

In addition to performance evaluations, satisfactory completion of the internship involves an internship paper which is prepared in conjunction with the requirements for POLSC 831.

*Please note that the internship should not be done until most of the core courses are completed


Mid-career students with significant employment experience may have the internship requirement waived. Students who wish an internship waiver, should send a request to the Director of Graduate Studies in writing during their first year of study.