Recent Internships

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."

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) alum Emily Devenney

This past summer Emily Devenney (MPP ’16) was putting to work an old-fashioned skill — community organizing — for a relatively new law — the Affordable Care Act. “We canvass, attend neighborhood events and health fairs, and host our own events,” says Devenney, who interned in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with Get Covered America, a nonpartisan campaign of Enroll America.

 

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 fo 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.