An essential part of the intensive semester will be an internship program that will place students in local, state, and federal government agencies, foundations, research institutions, or non-profit entities that are devoted to social policy issues. The internships will provide hands-on experience in policy research, program implementation, program evaluation, and the dissemination of policy-relevant information to important stakeholders and the media.
The program hopes to provide high-quality internship opportunities commensurate with students’ interests and skills. Alternatively, students may arrange their own internship, subject to approval in advance by their adviser. Students should be prepared to commit 15–20 hours per week in the spring of their junior year to the internship. At the end of the internship, the student will provide a report that will summarize the nature of the internship, specify the type of skills or other experience gained, and critique any inadequacies. Internships will not be eligible for additional course credit.