The Master of Science in Public Policy requires the completion of a policy-relevant experience in a private, not-for-profit, or government setting. Each student is expected to obtain “real world” experience with public policy. There are four ways to do this, as articulated in the SPP Student Handbook. Each student is responsible for submitting the form, with the appropriate approval signatures, to the Internship or Graduate Coordinator.
- Graduate Co-Op Program Option
See handbook and talk to your advisor
- Summer Internship Option
It is the student’s responsibility to obtain a non-credit summer internship. Resources to consult are:
- Previous Work Experience
If you think you are eligible to waive the internship requirement, you need to document policy-relevant professional work experience. Provide a copy of your resume, and a one-page description of your relevant experience to the Internship Coordinator. The waiver application will then be forwarded to the Director of the MSPP graduate program for approval. Appeals should be directed to the Faculty Graduate Committee. Do this early in your Master’s program: many students’ waivers have been denied.
- Practicum-oriented thesis or research paper
The Public Policy Workshop as described in the SPP Student Handbook qualifies. In addition, a Professional Research Paper or Thesis that addresses the needs of a named policy client or audience may qualify for the internship requirement. This option should be approved by the Internship Coordinator and the student’s project advisor.
Finding a Public Policy Internship
- Be sure that you are on the Public Policy list serve. The undergraduate list serve is: email@example.com
- Many internship announcements are sent to the list serve by faculty, students, and alumni.
- Familiarize yourself with the resources at the Career Center (Student Success Center): http://www.career.gatech.edu/
The Ivan Allen College Specialist is:
In particular, check out internships on the MonsterTrak system.
- Surf the web; there are a lot of internship resources available there.
You should also check out the following: UGA Internship site: http://career.uga.edu/STUDENTS/internshipbasics.html
- Talk to your friends and classmates about their internship experiences.
Examples of Internship Placements
Georgia Department of Education
Georgia Governor’s Intern Program
Georgia Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs
Georgia Legislative Intern Program
Agency for Health Care Research
House of Representatives Committee on House Administration
Office of Civil Rights
Cain for US Senate Campaign
Congressman John Lewis, District Office
The Oblander Group, L.L.C.
Brasher, Campbell & Honnold, L.L.C.
- Non Profit
American Civil Liberties Union
Atlanta Youth Project
Natural Resources Defense Council