The University of Massachusetts Amherst


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Internships are an integral part of the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy's program. Through internships students to gain professional experience and make valuable connections while pursuing their individual interests in depth. Some go on to find jobs at the places they interned.

All School of Public Policy graduate students complete a policy- or administration-related internship of at least thirty-five hours a week for ten weeks (or the equivalent). The internship must employ skills learned at SPP and must be relevant to the student’s intended career path.

Internship Requirements:Students submit an internship contract before the start of the internship. After completing the internship, both students and supervisors complete an evaluation form.  

Internship Waivers:Students may petition to waive the internship requirement if they can document substantial professional experience. To be eligible for a waiver, you must have post-undergraduate, professional-level experience of one or more years related to your field of study and career goals. To apply, complete an Internship Waiver Form.

Internship Forms: