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Experiential learning is an integral component of our educational strategy at the Martin School. As such, the MPA and MPP programs include a required course: Experiential Learning in Public Administration (PA 711). Although students have an array of experiential learning options to pursue for this course, MPA and MPP students who plan to begin a public service career after graduation often complete a summer in-person or remote internship. These internships offer students invaluable hands-on work experience before their job search. MPA and MPP students typically work with a government agency, nonprofit organization, or consulting/government affairs firm. In addition, the Martin School offers professional development workshops throughout the two-year programs to prepare students for internships and public service careers. These includes opportunities to not only hone application/interview skills, but also to network with Martin School alumni and other public servants.

Getting Started


For an internship to qualify, it must follow a set of criteria, described below; if you have questions, contact the DGS.

  • Submit a learning contract signed by themselves, their internship organization supervisor, and academic supervisor at the start of their internship to the DGS. The student will complete the assignments and fulfill expectations as outlined in this contract.
  • The student should complete the contract which will be then distributed to their supervisor and Dr. Curl, director of student internships.  The contract is found here
  • Internship organization supervisor should write a performance evaluation letter for the student.  Please let Suzy know when you have completed your internship so she can send your supervisor the evaluation.