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Master's in Public Administration


Summer Internships in New York and
Washington, DC

The MPA 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. Internships completed during the academic year do not substitute the summer internship. Students may work in New York City or Washington, DC.

All students receive an internship stipend of $3,000. Students interning in Washington receive free housing in addition to the stipend.

MPA 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 National Organization for Women, the Organization of American States, and other organizations.

Students with substantial professional experience and who are working in a full-time public service position may request an internship waiver from the MPA program's director. Those granted approval must forgo the stipend and take a summer elective course in addition to the two required electives. 

Stipends supporting paid summer and semester internships are made possible by generous donations from the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public ServiceJosh and Judy Weston, Marvin Rosenberg (Class of 1928), and other supporters.

Jocelyn Gao, MPA '18
Search and Selection Intern at Echoing Green


Daniel Vera, MPA '18
Development Intern at Public Citizen


Khurshid Khan, MPA '18
Chief of Staff Intern at Good Counsel Services