Recent Internships

Charles Crabtree (MPPA '17) wants to be an economics officer in the U.S. Foreign Service. His internship this summer at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) brought him one big step closer to his career goal. Crabtree worked in ITA’s Memphis office, where he served as a resource for local businesses looking to export their products abroad. And this internship, Crabtree hopes, will position him well for the job he wants after graduation.

Danielle Corrado (MPPA) interned with the International Food Information Council (IFIC), in Washington, DC, during summer 2017. IFIC describes it's mission on its website as "effectively communicating science-based information on health, nutrition and food safety for the public good."

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:
MPPA 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 fo a waiver fill out the Internship Waiver Form with requisite documentation.

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.

The remaining forms require signatures and can be printed or scanned. To access any of these forms as Word documents, download the PDF and save as a Word document.