First-hand public service experience is an integral part of the PSM program. Internships offer students the opportunity to apply classroom learning to real-world problems, to build resumes and professional networks, to refine career plans, and to observe the behaviors that characterize successful professionals. During the past few years, PSM students have interned at the White House, the Urban Justice Center, the Salvation Army, the National Disability Rights Network, the New York City Council, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Institute for Women's Policy Research, and other organizations. The PSM program helps students locate internships, prepare resumes and cover letters, and practice interviews.
Paid Summer Internships for Credit (Required)
The PSM program requires students without significant professional experience to complete a full-time internship during the summer between their first and second years. Students must work a total of 400 hours with a federal, state, or local government agency or a non-profit organization. Internships are graded on a pass/fail basis and count as three credits. Students must have completed one semester and three core courses (9 credit hours) before they may start an internship. Students may work in New York City or Washington, DC. All students receive stipends of $3,000. Washington students also receive housing support.
Students with substantial professional experience may request an internship waiver from the PSM program's director. Those granted approval must substitute an elective for the internship requirement. Download the waiver form.
Paid Noncredit Semester Internships (Optional)
Second-year students may receive a stipend for completing 15 to 20 hours of work per week for a nonprofit organization or government agency. Students selected for the program receive stipends of $2,500 per semester, but they do not receive academic credit.
Unpaid Noncredit Internships (Optional)
PSM staff will also help students find unpaid public service internship opportunities. Students do not receive academic credit.
"What I gained from my internship in terms of personal development and connections to my community goes beyond words."
Michael Levario, graduate