The internship is primarily designed to provide practical experience to pre-service students. The academic component consists of part-time (paid or unpaid) employment in a public service entity or government-related office. A maximum of three hours credit can be earned through an internship.
Normally the student will work an average of 20 hours per week for the 3 hours of POSI 5370 credit. The academic component of the public service internship includes a required research paper and completion of assigned readings.
An internship is required for all pre-service students, but is optional for practitioners. The required internship for pre-service students is in addition to the 39-hour MPA curriculum. Internships for practitioners can be useful for individuals wishing to make a career change. Additional details concerning the internship program can be obtained by contacting: Dodie Weidner.
Further information regarding internships available here.