WWS Blog

Summer Flight

May 27, 2014
Published by:
Melissa Lyles

One of the exciting features of our Master in Public Affairs (MPA) program is a 10-week-long summer internship during the summer between the first-and-second-year of our two-year program. Each student is required to intern at a professional level for an agency or organization that is relevant to their course of study and career interests. 

From the moment students arrive during Math Camp, Ann Corwin, director of Career Services and Alumni Relations and Cherena Walker, director of Master in Public Policy (MPP) Career Services and assistant director of Graduate Career Services and Alumni Relations, meet individually with each student to begin an ongoing discussion about interests and provide suggestions for appropriate summer internship opportunities to explore.  

“Over the past 40 years I have assisted first-year students to find professionally relevant and rewarding summer internships to fulfill their degree requirement,” Corwin said. “The process is different for all students depending upon their interests. Some application deadlines are very early (e.g., Department of State or other internationally-focused agencies requiring security clearances) – while some domestically-focused agencies do not even advertise their internships until the spring.”

Corwin added, “But, even when we have to go down to wire-waiting for a security clearance to be granted, all students have been able to fulfill their requirement each year. When the students return in the fall, they have a renewed sense of confidence, additional skills and enjoyable work experiences to add to their resumes, and a more complete understanding of why they are learning the things that WWS is teaching them.”  

Our 64 first-year MPA students will conclude their first-year requirements with summer positions all over the world with U.S and Foreign governments, international organizations, non-profits and NGOs.

Here are a few of the exciting organizations our students will be interning at this summer:

U.S. Government (international):

  • USAID, Kampala, Uganda
  • U.S. Embassy, Hanoi, Vietnam; Moscow, Russian Federation
  • U.S. Mission to NATO, Brussels, Belgium

U.S. Government (domestic):

  • U.S. State Department, Washington, D.C.
  • Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions
  • White House, National Economic Council
  • U.S. Office of Management & Budget

State & Local Government:

  • Mayor’s Office of Policy Planning & Coordination, Philadelphia, P.A.
  • National Governors Association, Washington, D.C.
  • NYC Department of Education, New York, N.Y. (Education Pioneers)
  • Office of the Mayor, Oakland, C.A.
  • Multinomah County Commission, Portland, O.R.

Non-Profits/Non-Governmental Organizations:

  • Imagine Schools, Arlington, V.A.
  • Center for Education Reform, Bethesda, M.D.
  • Maine Center for Economic Policy, Augusta, M.E.
  • PolicyLink, Oakland, C.A.
  • Bureau of Government Research, New Orleans, L.A.

Foreign Government:

  • Western Cape Premier’s Office, Cape Town, South Africa

International Organizations:

  • UNHCR, Geneva, Switzerland
  • UNDP, Maseru, Lesotho
  • U.N. Economic Commission of Europe, Geneva Switzerland
  • WHO, Geneva, Switzerland
  • International Finance Corporation, Nairobi, Kenya
  • World Bank, Washington, D.C., Jakarta, Indonesia, Tirana, Albania





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