The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Internship Requirements

All School of Public Policy students complete a policy- or management-related internship of at least 35 hours a week for 10 weeks (or the equivalent, for a total of 350 hours). The internship should employ skills learned at SPP and must be relevant to the student’s intended career path. 

Students can intern with one organization or divide their hours among multiple organizations. Most students complete their internship in the summer, although some do internships over winter break or during the school year. (Specific internship requirements for each degree program are described below.)

Internship Requirements: Students must submit an internship contract before the start of their internship. At the end of the internship, both students and supervisors complete an evaluation form. Please see these forms below. 

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

MPPA Internships: Most MPPA students complete their internship between their first and second years in the program. The internship does not include any coursework or earn any academic credits.

One-Year MPP & One-Year MPA Internships: Most one-year MPP and MPA students complete their internship the summer that they begin the program. The internship includes some coursework and earns three academic credits through University Without Walls.

4+1 MPP and 4+1 MPA Internships: 4+1 students usually complete their internship the summer between their senior and graduate years. The internship includes some coursework and earns three academic credits through University Without Walls.

See the SPP forms page here for internship forms including the internship contract, waiver form, internship class syllabus, funding application, and more.