Internship Program

Internship Program

Internships provide students with degree relevant professional experience and are a key component of our graduate programs. Students have the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge gained through their coursework while preparing for employment in their field of interest.

Intership hosts receive talented and dedicated graduate students who can apply the skills and knowledge that they are currently learning in their coursework as well as from prior experience.

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Benefits of doing an Internship:

  • Expand professional network by making contacts in field of interest
  • Improve likelihood of succeeding in the job market
  • Students will be exposed to an agency-wide perspective and gain skills via performing a varietyof tasks
  • An opportunity for students to learn how their placement host fits into the social, political, and economic fabric of a city

Internship Information and Expectations:

  • Each student must complete at least one comprehensive project for his/her placement host that results in a major policy deliverable
  • Students will work a minimum of 225 hours over the course of a semester
  • Internships can be for academic credit or not-for-credit
  • Student can complete more than one internship, but can only earn three semester hours of academic credit for one internship through the PPUA 6407 course
  • Over the course of the semester, each student must meet with an internship faculty/staff member at least one time to discuss his/her ongoing experience
  • At the end of their internship, students are required to submit a portfolio highlighting their completed project(s) or a major written work product and write a 5 page reflection paper
  • Each student must complete an assessment at the end of the semester
  • Any stipend or compensation will be provided at the discretion of the placement host

Obtaining an Internship:

  • Students are responsible for finding their own internship placement host with the assistance of faculty and staff
  • It is recommended that students obtain an internship the semester before they want to begin
  • Begin the process by meeting with an internship staff member to identify potential
  • opportunities
  • Internship positions can be found at:
  • An internship staff member must speak with a potential host before an internship is approved
  • Students must submit an internship approval form to Internship Coordinator


 Past Internship Hosts
  • Boston Department of Neighborhood Development
  • Boston Redevelopment Authority
  • MA Department of Transportation
  • MA Office of Housing and Economic Development
  • Mass Alliance
  • Raising a Reader
  • United for a Fair Economy
Past Capstone and Internship Projects:
  • Researched and wrote a report on how family structures and policies affect economic success in Massachusetts gateway cities
  • Performed a community needs assessment for placement host including conducting a survey for clients, analyzing the results and writing a report with recommendations
  • Developed and implemented projects to help local communities clean up former industrial sites for redevelopment
  • Assembled the for state financial assistance for an affordable housing project

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