Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

PA 327 Administrative Internship (*)



Provides students with opportunities for learning and working in organizations that integrate knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Students will gain valuable applied experience and make professional connections in the field of public policy, apply concepts and practice problem solving-skills learned during the Certificate in Public Policy experience, build a network of contacts, and explore possible career choices. Engage with a wide range of people about their jobs, views, backgrounds, and experiences. Encourages students engage in active reflection on this experience and self-assessment through written assignments, reflections, and readings to help students make the most of their internships. Offered only during summer term.

Students who wish to enroll in the course and receive credit for an internship must:

  1. Search and apply for internships (many internship opportunities are on the La Follette School website as well as posted to our Career Facebook Group). 
  2. Accept an internship offer
  3. Fill out the PA 327 Internship Agreement Form, and email the completed electronic form (fillable pdf) to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  4. The Career Services Coordinator will review the form and, if approved, will notify the student and the La Follette School’s Student Services Associate, who will give the student permission to enroll in the course
  5. Enroll through the Student Center by the add deadline

This process including tips and resources to help with your internship search can be found here

Internship Support

The Kohl Public Policy Internship Scholarship provides financial support to students who sign up to take Public Affairs 327: Administrative Internship along with a policy-related (if unsure please contact the Career Services Coordinator) summer internship. The scholarship is intended cover tuition for taking PA 327. The availability of and demand for funds vary each year; thus, the number awards may also vary. Students should not accept internships with the expectation of receiving a scholarship. Note that you must enroll in PA 327 to be considered for a scholarship.

To apply please complete this Google Form application: 

Certificate in Public Policy fieldwork & internship component

PA 327 satisfies the internship & fieldwork component of the Certificate in Public Policy. Currently PA 327 is only taught in the summer term. However, you can also complete the fieldwork &internship component of the Certificate in Public Policy by taking Political Science 315: Legislative Internship which is offered througout the academic year, or by completing the Wisconsin in Washington program. If you plan to take Political Science 315 and want to ensure your internship course will count for the course, please follow the instructions at the bottom of this page





(*) = Routinely Offered

(**) = Commonly Offered (very likely to be offered in the next one to three years)