School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA)
Washington, D.C. Internship Program
SUMMARY: The School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA)’s Washington, D.C. Summer Internship Program (SIP) offers students an opportunity to complete an eight-week, hands-on internship in a government, non-profit, or philanthropic organization. The SIP is an experiential learning activity with two distinct parts: an academic seminar and a professional practice internship. Internship placements are developed for each participant based on their career interests in working for the federal government, Capitol Hill and Congressional offices, national non-profits, lobbying groups, Institutes, and other organizations. The D.C. program is a fairly new offering for SPAA students and will commence its third year in June 2014.
· Internships will run for eight weeks for approximately 37.5 hours per week, Monday – Friday for a total of 300 hours of service.
· Interested students must apply and be selected into a candidate’s pool
· Candidates are selected by the SIP sponsor during a “offer and match” period
· internships may be paid or unpaid.
· The Academic seminar is mandatory
SEMINAR: A half-day seminar class (mandatory) will be held each week (or as often as determined appropriate by the faculty) to provide opportunities for discussion, reflection, debate, and additional learning experiences. The sessions may feature guest speakers and discussants who are leaders in government administration, finance, advocacy, and a plethora of public issues – including education, health, public welfare, and economy. Students will complete papers and reading assignments aligned with the seminar. The seminar will be taught by Rutgers SPAA faculty.
CREDIT: At the undergraduate level, successful completion of the eight-week course and 300 hour internship in Washington, D.C. will be awarded eight academic credits, which is equivalent to the two full internships and service learning seminars required in the Public Service undergraduate major. It can also be counted for credit toward SPAA’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree. Priority will be given to upper level undergraduate Public Service majors and MPA students. The program will be limited to 10-12 participants.
APPLICATION: Students apply to the SIP during the fall semester of each year. Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, submit a writing sample and submit faculty recommendations. Applications will be made available during a fall briefing session.