Public Affairs Internship Seminar

This course will be offered during the Spring 2019 Semester.

Join us for a 3-credit seminar where we explore leadership in the public sector through weekly seminars and 100 hours of internship service at organizations in New York City.  The course meets Tuesday's 3:30PM-6:00PM in person. Attendance to the weekly seminar is mandatory. Internship service at a non profit/NGO or government agency is required. Internship must be completed by May 2019 for full credit. Previous internships in Fall 2018, Winter 2018/19 will be accepted if students are able to communicate with their former supervisor for required paperwork and other information. If students are unable to contact their former supervisor, they must seek a new internship no later than 4 weeks from the start of the semester. 


This course will explore questions that leaders in the public sector face, be they from non-profit, private for-profit, philanthropic, telecommunications, banking and finance, government, or faith-based institutions.


  • Defining the roles and responsibilities of leaders in the public sector 
  • Exploring tools for measuring performance at public service organizations
  • Information visualization for public audiences
  • Oral and written presentation for public audiences
  • Exploring professions and opportunities in public service


  • 100 or more hours of internship service completed by the last day of the semester
  • Leadership and professional development
  • Guest lectures with public service leaders from varying sectors and industries
  • Weekly assignments and readings


All students are required to meet the two following requirements prior to registering for the course (1) complete CPDI's Internship Readiness Program and (2) secure an internship.  There are no exemptions to these prerequsites.


STEP 1. Internship Readiness 

Sign up for CPDI's training program (includes online training, resume review and interview coaching). This program is open to all CCNY students. Students typically complete this program in two weeks. To sign up for CPDI's internship readiness program, click here


STEP 2. Secure an Internship 

All students must obtain an internship placement prior to registering for the course. After you have secured an internship, submited an internship agreement form signed by your supervisor.

  Email the form to


STEP 3. Get Permission to Take the Course 

After you've completed the internship readiness training and have secured an internship, submit the following two documents: (1) a certificate of completion from the Bootcamp or CPDI's training program and (2) the completed internship readiness form signed by your supervisor. We will open permission for you after we've received these two forms. 



Professor Marie Nazon
Akasha Solis - TA