MPA Internship Director: Douglas Carr, Ph.D.
An internship will consist of meaningful work experience in the public administration field. This context of experiential
learning is designed for professional development as course content is integrated into work experience. Students also
significantly contribute to area organizations through an internship.
Each internship will be different, but they will all have one element in common: an opportunity for students to gain
significant experience that will enhance their academic background and better prepare them to enter the profession
of public administration. While some internships are not paid, paid internships are encouraged.
You must complete 320 hours of work at your internship for this course. During your internship you will submit monthly
reports, be evaluated by your internship site supervisor, and prepare a final paper.
Enrolling in the Internship Course
The student is responsible for identifying a suitable internship. An internship will provide significant experience with
and exposure to the internal administrative and policy operations of an agency. It is important that an internship
provides significant professional experience. Also, a significant portion of the final paper will consist of relating internship
experiences to the discipline of public administration, incorporating the concepts learned in MPA courses.
Once an internship has been arranged, you must submit the following to Dr. Carr before enrolling in the internship course:
1. Internship Site Form: This form identifies the internship and provides contact information for your supervisor.
2. Current copy of your resume
3. Internship Agreement Form
After receiving the Internship Site form and your resume, Dr. Carr will contact your supervisor directly and provide
him or her with the Internship Agreement Form. Your supervisor will define your responsibilities as an intern on the Internship
Agreement form. You will then sign this form, indicating that you understand and accept the Agreement.
View Sample Internship Sites here.