Recent Internships

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) alum Jessenia Carredano

Jessenia Carredano interned this summer in the human resources department at Accion, an international microfinance organization based in Cambridge, Mass. Working behind the scenes gave her a “first-hand look at how an organization works to reduce poverty and create a more financially inclusive world," said Carredano.

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) student Aiza Ashraf

Aiza Ashraf (MPPA '16) would like to live in a world that is more just. She expanded this goal last summer by working as a labor law and research intern at Verité, an organization based in Amherst, MA that works with private-sector companies and government agencies to improve labor rights and standards around the globe. The project Ashraf worked on researched existing labor regulations and generated legal reviews of migration laws to inform Apple Inc.

Internship Requirements

All SPP graduate students are expected to complete a policy or administration internship of at least 35 hours a week for 10 weeks or the equivalent. The internship must employ some of the skills the student has already learned at SPP and be relevant to his or her intended career path. Students must submit a completed internship contract before the start of the internship. After completing the internship, both students and supervisors must complete an evaluation.  

Internship Waivers:

Students may petition to waive the internship requirement if they can document substantial professional experience in their field of interest.  To be eligible to waive your internship, you must have a post-undergraduate, professional level experience of one year or more that is related to your field of study and career goals. To apply for a waiver fill out the Internship Waiver Form with requisite documentation.

Internship Forms:

All required internship forms are located below. The intern's evaluation form can be filled out electronically but is also available as a downloadable PDF.