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Experiential learning is an integral component of our educational strategy at the Martin School. It serves as a practical complement to formal academic study. For those students who do not have significant work experience, you are expected to gain practical work experience in an area related to your concentration. Most students undertake an internship during the summer between their first and second year of graduate study.
The Martin School professional development course taken during the first year will assist you in finding an internship that matches your interest, expertise, and professional goals. Due to the Martin School's high reputation and local alumni network, the Martin School has attained several internships designated solely to Martin School students, as well as internships that students are routinely placed at. These include: Save the Children, Bluegrass Area Development, Legislative Research Commission, and Council of State Government.
For an internship to qualify, it must follow a set of criteria, described below; if you have questions, contact your DGS.
- Student must complete at least 400 hours in a professional position related to public administration
- The student will submit a learning contract signed by themselves, their internship organization supervisor, and academic supervisor at the start of their internship to Jackie McCuddy. The student will complete the assignments and fulfill expectations as outlined in this contract.
- The internship organization supervisor should write a performance evaluation letter for the student.
The Martin School offers professional development workshops throughout the two-year program to prepare students to enter the job market. This includes opportunities to not only hone job application/interview skills, but also to network with alumni and other public servants. In addition, faculty and staff frequently share job listings via the student listserv-- it is important for you to monitor your student e-mail regular to take advantage of this information.