Every student who does not have two years of relevant professional or managerial experience is required to complete a three -credit internship (P ADM 595) of 300 hours of service. The internship experience provides students with a dynamic, professional forum in which to apply the analytical and managerial knowledge they acquired in the MPA program. During the internship, students can develop a professional network important to their careers. The purpose of the internship requirement is to provide students who lack real-world professional experience in public service organizations with: (1) opportunities for career exploration; and (2) a realistic exposure to the environment, management systems, and internal operations of public service organizations.

Students who have the relevant professional or managerial experience when they apply for admission usually are granted a waiver upon admission. Students who gain the experience, through working full-time while enrolled in the program, can request a waiver by describing the details of their experiences in a resume and letter addressed to the Program Coordinator. A student requiring an internship must complete 18 hours of credit with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher before they are eligible to do an internship. Eligibility for an internship.

Optimally, an internship should be taken during the course of a single semester. Generally a 15-week semester on a half-time basis or a summer semester of 8 weeks on a full-time basis meets the time requirement as well as the total credits (3) required. However, a full-time internship (40 hours per week, 300 hours for the semester) over the course of 8 weeks will satisfy the requirement.

Examples of internships during academic year 2015-2016:

  • PA House of Representatives
  • Downtown Inc. York Business Improvement District
  • Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations
  • PA Office of Inspector General
  • City of University Park/Town of Highland Park
  • United States Army
  • Greenlee Partners
  • Steelton School District Policy Committee