Recent Internships

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) alum Angelica Carey

This past summer Angelica Carey (MPPA/MRP ’17)  worked to make it more likely that communities throughout the United States can implement plans and policies to improve the health outlook for all residents. “I have a strong belief that health and equity should always be at the center of planning and policy conversations,” said Carey. She felt at home at the American Planning Association’s Planning and Community Health Center in Washington, D.C.

 

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) alum Michael Havlin

Michael Havlin (MPPA ‘16) met many professional contacts through his summer internship. Havlin spent the first part of the summer as a policy and events consultant for Joe Baldacci, a city councilor in Bangor, Maine. "I combined my previous experiences and expanded my professional network,” Havlin says. “I worked with policy and political professionals that I would one day like to work for, like the Maine Center for Economic Policy, the Maine AFL-CIO and the Maine People’s Alliance. I feel like I’m in a good position to find a career after graduation."

Career Services

How can an SPP degree help your career? 

SPP’s graduate programs teach students strong analytic skills and prepare them for successful, professional careers. In addition to completing their academic coursework, therefore, students are expected to participate in many professional development activities during their time at SPP.

Professional Development Seminar
Students in our graduate programs take a one-credit professional development seminar that equips them with critical job-seeking skills and offers important lessons for budding professionals. Among other topics, students learn how to network, write cover letters and resumes, negotiate, and speak in public. The class gives students valuable opportunities to put these lessons to the test through mock interview sessions and networking trips to Boston and Washington, D.C.

Washington D.C. Networking Trip
Each year SPP graduate students visit Washington, D.C. as part of the Professional Development Seminar or Prosem. The Prosem has become an integral part of both the MPPA and MPP curriculum. The trip to DC is designed to give students exposure to the wide range of professional opportunities that are available to them as graduates of our programs. Students meet SPP alumni and other policy professionals who are working in a variety of government agencies and nonprofit organizations. 

Internships
The internship requirement is a key component of SPP’s graduate programs. Students’ individual interests guide their internship search. SPP faculty and staff help navigate the placement process and often call upon the School’s international alumni network and strong connections in the local community to ensure that each student has a relevant and educational internship.