Students are required to complete a summer policy internship between the first and second year of study. Under faculty supervision, the internship allows students to apply their knowledge to significant problems in the public, private or non-profit sectors and provides students the opportunity to develop and enhance skills in areas of professional interest. The internship helps students clarify their career direction, gives perspective on classroom learning, and assists students in gaining experience and establishing networks of great value in securing employment after graduation.
Internships may be volunteer or paid work experiences that relate to any aspect of policy planning, analysis, decision-making and implementation. The Public Policy Career Services team work individually with students to help them identify and secure internships appropriate to their program and career needs and goals. Upon completion of the internship, each student submits a written research report to their faculty advisor providing an original analysis of the policy and/or organizational issues dealt with during the internship.