MPA Summer Internships

MPA candidates must complete an approved summer internship between the first and second years of study for a minimum of 10 weeks. Unpaid internships in the public and non-profit sectors are financially subsidized by WWS. Examples of organizations that have supported WWS summer interns include:

  • Field I - International Relations
    • AccessNow, Washington, DC

      Balkan Trust for Democracy, Belgrade, Serbia

      Caucasus Resource Research Center-Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia

      Center for Constitutional Rights, New York, NY

      Congressional Research Service (CRS), Washington, DC

      House Foreign Affairs Committee, Washington, D.C.

      Impacto Social Consultores, Mexico City, Mexico

      Mercy Corps, Nairobi, Kenya

      Natural Resource Governance Institute, Yangon, Myanmar

      Office of Georgia State Representative Scott Holcomb, Atlanta, GA

      Office of Senator Elizabeth Warren, Washington, DC

      Office of Senator Martin Heinrich, Washington, DC

      Prison of Peace, Calabasas, CA

      Syrian Research and Evaluation Organization, Gaziantep, Turkey

      The Institute of Energy Economics, Tokyo, Japan

      U.S. Department of Defense, Arlington, VA

      U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of International Affairs, Washington, DC

      U.S. Department of State – Washington, D.C., Laos, Honduras, South Africa, China

      U.S. Mission to Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Vienna, Austria

      United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, New York, NY

      United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva, Switzerland

  • Field II - International Development
    • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, WA

      CDC Group, London, United Kingdom

      Community Organization Resource Centre; Center for Policy Research, Cape Town; New Delhi, South Africa; India

      Dalberg Advisors, Mumbai, India

      Energy Foundation, San Francisco, CA

      Engineers without Borders Canada, Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire

      Human Rights Watch, New York, NY

      Innovations for Poverty Action, Monrovia, Liberia

      Innovations for Poverty Action, Bogota, Colombia

      Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, DC

      International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), New Delhi, India

      International Organisation for Migration, Dakar, Senegal

      International Rescue Committee, New York, NY; Jordan/Lebanon

      Last Mile Health, Monrovia, Liberia

      Mercy Corps, Washington, DC; Bogota, Colombia

      Myanmar Development Institute, Naypyitaw, Burma

      Root Capital, Cambridge, MA

      The World Bank, Washington, DC

      U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Washington, DC; Tegucigalpa, Honduras

      United Nations Children's Fund, Minsk, Geneva, New York, Belarus, Switzerland

      United Nations Economic & Social Commission, Bangkok, Thailand; Perugia, Italy

      United Nations Population Fund, Amman, Jordan; Istanbul, Turkey

      World Food Programme, United Nations, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

      World Resources Institute, Washington; Kampala, DC; Uganda

  • Field III - Domestic Policy
    • California Governor's Office of Planning and Research, Sacramento, CA

      Center for Civic Policy, Albuquerque, NM

      Citizens Housing and Planning Council, New York, NY

      City of Chicago Mayor's Office, Chicago, IL

      Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, Washington, DC

      Cruise Automation, San Francisco, CA

      Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

      House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Washington, DC

      Israel Innovation Authority, Airport City, Israel

      Let America Vote, Washington, DC

      Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), New York City, NY

      New Jersey Department of Health, Trenton, NJ

      New Urban Mechanics, Mayor's Office, City of Boston, Boston, MA

      New York City Mayor's Office, New York, NY

      Office of Senator Chris Coons, Washington, D.C.

      Office of Senator Robert Menendez, Washington, D.C.

      Overcoming Racism, New Orleans, LA

      Political Violence Lab, Washington, D.C.

      Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, New York, NY

      Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle, WA

      Southern Coalition for Social Justice, Durham, NC

      The New Teacher Project, Brooklyn, NY

      The W. Haywood Burns Institute for Justice, Fairness, & Equality, Oakland, CA

      U.S. Department of Energy, Washington, DC

      W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Detroit, MI

      What Works Cities/Results for America, New York, NY

  • Field IV - Economics And Public Policy
    • African Center for Economic Transformation, Accra, Ghana

      African Development Bank, Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire

      California Policy Lab, Berkeley, CA

      Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Washington, DC

      Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Washington, DC

      European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, London, UK

      European Central Bank, Frankfurt, Germany

      Federal Reserve Bank of New York, New York, NY

      Hawai'i Appleseed Center for Law & Economic Justice, Honolulu, HI

      IDinsight, New Delhi, India, Lusaka, Zambia

      Impacto Social Consultores, Mexico City, Mexico

      Mission Asset Fund, San Francisco, CA

      National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC

      New York City Office of Management and Budget, New York, NY

      Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Paris, France

      U.S. Department of the Treasury, Washington, DC

      United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

      World Economic Forum, New York, NY

Middle-Year-Out Internships and Jobs

The School encourages MPA students who wish to take a year between their first and second years of study to gain work experience. Students who have exercised this option in the past have taken positions at organizations such as:

  • Middle-Year-Out Positions
    • African Development Bank, Tunis, Tunisia

      America India Foundation, New Delhi, India

      The Asia Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan

      CARE, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo; Cairo, Egypt; New Delhi, India

      Children's Investment Fund Foundation, London, UK

      The Clinton Foundation, Maputo, Mozambique; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; and Beijing, China

      Consumers Union, Washington, D.C.

      Egyptian Center for Development, Cairo, Egypt

      Fundacion Esquel, Quito, Ecuador

      House Education &Labor Committee, Washington, D.C.

      Innovations for Poverty Action, New Delhi, India

      International Labour Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

      Justica Global, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

      Liberian Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs

      Liberian Ministry of Finance, Monrovia, Liberia

      Moscow Carnegie Center, Moscow, Russia (National Security Education Program Fellowship)

      New York City Urban Fellows Program, New York, N.Y.

      Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris, France

      Prince George's County Government, Upper Marlboro, Md.

      Sanghamithra, Bangalore, India

      United Nations Development Programme, Suva, Fiji

      United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Villaviencio, Colombia

      UNICEF, Monrovia, Liberia

      United Nations Relief and Works Agency, Damascus, Syria

      United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Almaty, Kazakhstan; and Kathmandu, Nepal

      U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, D.C.

      U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.

      The Women's Dignity Project, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

      World Bank, Washington, D.C.

      World Food Programme, Dakar, Senegal

      World Security Institute, Beijing, China

Part-time Academic Year Internships

Part-time academic year internships focus on state, local and international issues. Students work for a public affairs organization devoting the equivalent of one day per week to a specific policy issue. Some of the organizations that have hosted WWS interns include:

  • Part-time Academic Year Positions
    • Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) Latin America

      American Flood Coalition

      Asian Development Bank

      Center for an Urban Future

      Center for Health Care Strategies


      Energy Foundation

      Human Rights Watch

      International Rescue Committee

      Nationalities Service Center

      New Jersey Governor's Office of Economic Growth

      New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education

      New York City Department of City Planning

      Newark Department of Economic & Housing Development

      Open Society Institute

      Philadelphia Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development

      Princeton Environmental Institute

      Princeton University BrazilLab

      The Burke Foundation

      U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

      United Nations Children's Fund

      World Economic Forum