If you are an Evans School Master of Public Administration (MPA) student not enrolled in the Executive MPA program or the Peace Corps Master’s International MPA track you are required to complete and fully document the 400-hour Internship Requirement. Students can intern within public, nonprofit, or private sector organizations and internships may be paid or unpaid. Students with two or more years of recent and relevant professional experience may already meet the Internship Requirement upon entry into the program. Career Development staff will evaluate all incoming student applications to determine individual status by the beginning of students' first quarter in the program.

An internship is the cornerstone of many MPA programs nationwide because it allows students to:

  • Apply the skills you are learning in the classroom to real-life settings that directly match your career goals.
  • Be a cut above your competition in the after-school job market by expanding your professional network.
  • Gain professional experience by using substantive analytical or managerial knowledge to solve real-world problems related to policy development, implementation, or evaluation.

Learn more about the internship requirement, including steps and documentation, by downloading the Internship Requirement Overview.

Finding an internship is ultimately the student's responsibility, but Evans School Career Development is here to help generate leads, act as a sounding board, and answer questions as needed. 

If you are pursuing an unpaid/low-paid summer internship the Evans School awards annual fellowship funding to help defray costs. Please note that funding is limited and cannot be guaranteed.

For more information about internships contact Evans School Career Development at 206.221.7698 or evansjob@uw.edu.