|MPA students please note: In order to receive graduate credit for any of the internship opportunities, you must contact the Internship Coordinator, Dr. Gregory Hill (firstname.lastname@example.org) before applying for any internship position, either within or outside of the State of Idaho.|
Public Service Internship for MPA Students
MPA students who do not have significant administrative experience in a public sector or other public affairs agency must complete a public service internship. This internship occurs in a government office at the local, state, or national level or in an appropriate public affairs organization, such as a nonprofit organization.
The credits received for the internship are in addition to the required 39 semester credit hours from the core area and area of emphasis. The internship component comprises 6 semester credit hours. Students without appropriate administrative experience would then complete at least 45 credit hours in their program.
The internship is meant to be a meaningful experience for both the MPA student and the organization in which the internship is served. Through the internship, students can further enhance their preparation for administrative work. At the same time, they are expected to make a valuable contribution to their assigned organizations. Therefore, the internship is usually served when the student is near completion of the MPA program.
Current Intern Requests
Registration for internships is subject to approval. Prior to applying for any of the internship opportunities, you must first consult with the Internship Coordinator, Dr. Greg Hill.
To apply, you must complete the on-line Internship Application for Academic Credit process.
Students with substantive administrative experience in the public or nonprofit sector may be eligible for a full or partial waiver of the required six credit internship. Admitted students seeking such a waiver should petition the Graduate Studies Director per the Internship Guidelines.
NSPPAA (formerly known as NASPAA) – Public Service Internship Guidelines
NSPPAA (formerly known as NASPAA) offers hints and a starter-list of websites for current/graduated students of MPA/MPP programs
|MPA students and graduates acquire unique skill sets through their studies. A variety of employers from the public, private and nonprofit job sectors seek employees with these skills. Faculty in the Department of Public Policy and Administration work closely with MPA students and graduates who seek support and assistance in their career development. Internships can offer valuable networking and development opportunities. In addition, interested students and graduates should contact Dr. Greg Hill, Internship Director, Department of Public Policy and Administration. The Boise State Career Center has a range of services available to assist students/graduates as they make career decisions.|
- Accepting applications to fill Graduate Assistantship positions that become available during the academic year. Submit a current GA application to be considered as positions become available. Submit your application to Twyla Perkins email@example.com.
- Current employment opportunities with Boise State University can be found at the BSU HR website
- The Energy Policy Institute is accepting applications to fill upcoming Graduate Assistant positions. Application packets may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or submitted to the Energy Policy Institute.
*** Graduate assistants work 20 hours per week on assigned projects. In return, they are paid a stipend and receive a waiver of registration fees, including out-of-state tuition. Applications are available online at: http://gradcoll.boisestate.edu/forms. Please include a cover letter, resume, and complete transcripts with the application packet. ***
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