Experiential Learning Opportunities

Get hands-on experience in your field — on a global scale.

If you are in the MPIA, MID, or MPA program, you’re required to complete a 300-hour internship relevant to your academic and career goals. Internships allow you to gain firsthand, real-world experience across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Interns work in local, state, and federal government, and for local, national, and international nonprofits, as well as in the private sector.

Recently, GSPIA students interned in Belgium, Cameroon, China, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Dominican Republic, Germany, Haiti, Italy, Japan, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, South Africa, Switzerland, Uganda, Vietnam, and the United States.

If you have at least three years of professional work experience related to your field of study, you may apply for an internship waiver.

Mackenzie Baker at the the Great Wall of China
“I enjoyed my time in Beijing, and it definitely helped my launch. I could see myself working in China in the future.” —Mackenzie Baker, MPIA student, who interned at the Mintz Group, a global intelligence firm that helps clients deal with complex cross-border issues that arise in challenging global business environments
“In order to make neighborhoods more inclusive for immigrants (and other non-Americans), it is important to understand their cultural norms and beliefs.” —Jamie Piotrowski, MID MSW student, who interned with Internship Nepal, a photojournalism internship that allows participants to hone their creative skills while learning about Nepali culture and the human rights of political refugees
Aubrey Carpenter
“I am keenly interested in the best ways to pursue art for its own sake, as well as utilizing art as a tool to create and sustain vibrant communities. Since I’m still unsure of the exact role I would like to fill, this internship provides me the opportunity to explore several ways of doing this work.” —Aubrey Carpenter, MPA student, who interned at Barrels to Beethoven, an organization focused on the preservation, education, and innovation of the steelpan