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The LBJ School Internship

The internship requirement complements your academic training and adds to your professional experience.  It can provide a learning experience that may not have been previously available and can expose you to a variety of career options and opportunities.

Students in the regular or dual-degree programs can meet the internship requirement by:

  • Participating in an approved and supervised internship placement for administrative credit;
  • Participating in an approved and supervised three credit hour internship placement for academic credit; or
  • With graduate advisor approval, waiving the requirement by providing documentation of comparable professional experience.

The internship includes a 400 hour (minimum) internship placement and to observe, as a full-time working member of the staff, the daily activities of a local, state, or federal government agency or a nongovernmental agency with a public policy focus. Ideally, the student is assigned tasks which utilize the skills and experience gained in the first year of the academic program and which helps prepares them for the advanced coursework of the second year of study.

Those seeking an internship will find opportunities throughout the United States at all levels of government -- the Congress, federal agencies and commissions, state executive offices and legislative committees, regional councils of governments, and municipal agencies and offices -- and in many areas of the private sector. Internships are also available in a variety of international settings, including U.S. embassies abroad, United Nations organizations, and agencies of foreign governments.

The LBJ School adheres to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) guidelines for unpaid internships.

MGPS Program Internship Pre-requisites:
  • Consent of the Program Graduate Advisor
MPAff Program Internship Pre-requisites:
  • Completion of one year at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, including three common core courses: PA 391 Public Financial Management, PA 397 Introduction to Empirical Methods, and PA 393K Applied Microeconomics for Policy Analysis; as well as one of the following flexible core courses: PA 384C Public Management, PA 397C Advanced Empirical Methods for Policy Analysis, PA 393L Advanced Policy Economics, and PA 383C Policy Development; and the two-semester Policy Research Project
  • Consent of the Program Graduate Advisor
  • To complete the LBJ School internship requirement, MPAff students must submit a student internship evaluation and the internship placement supervisor must submit an agency internship evaluation on the student's behalf.

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