Recent Internships

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) student Ghida El-Banna

Ghida El-Banna (MPP) spent summer 2017 as an intern at Truth in Accounting, a nonprofit that produces work “encouraging public entities to produce financial reports that are comprehensive, clear, and transparent; and informing the public of the importance of truthful accounting”.

"Working for a nonprofit that was consumer focused, I was pleasantly surprised by the role that nursing home and assisted living residents played both in driving the policy agenda and in providing feedback on policy “toolkits” and memos. I really enjoyed being able to speak directly to the people who were most directly impacted by these policies."

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.