Some direct experience or practical responsibility in the field, through work in a public, private, or voluntary agency, is required for graduation with a minor in Public Policy. Normally, students will hold internships between their junior and senior years. The internship program is supervised by the coordinator for the program.
Planning for the internship experience should begin six to eight months before the time it might commence. The College has developed a network of contacts in Washington and overseas and would like to have qualified students each year to fill positions already identified. Funding for an internship is occasionally provided by the agency in which a person serves. Typically, however, students require support to cover their travel and maintenance costs during the eight to ten weeks of a summer internship.
For students who are minors, the College attempts to provide support to those unable to fund themselves. Other possible sources of support for an internship include the James H. Scheuer Summer Internships in Environmental and Population Studies, the J. Roland Pennock Fellowships in Public Affairs, the Joel Dean Awards, the Sam Hayes III Research Grant, the Lippincott Peace Fellowships, and the David G. Smith Internship in Health and Social Policy. The total award from all College sources may not exceed $3750. Information on each of these sources can be obtained in the Public Policy Program office, 105 Trotter.