Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Summer Policy Learning Experience (SPLE)

The Summer Policy Learning Experience Program provides financial support to La Follette School students who seek summer internships outside of Wisconsin. This stipend is intended to defray some, but not all, of the higher costs of investing in internship experiences, especially those with little or no salary. Summer internship support funds are limited, and students are encouraged to invest in the most suitable internship experiences, even if they do not receive an award.


To receive internship support, students must enroll in and pay tuition for PA 827 Administrative Internship. Interns receiving no salary compensation and those with internships in a foreign country or major US metropolitan area outside of Wisconsin (whether in person or remote) will be given priority for awards. The availability of and demand for funds vary each year; thus, the number and size of awards also vary. Students should not accept internships with the expectation of receiving an award.

Other Considerations

Students who hold project, research, or teaching assistantships in the spring semester are eligible for full tuition remission during the summer. Full tuition remission does not preclude students from requesting support.

Summer support consists of a one-time stipend only; it does not come with tuition or health insurance benefits.

Eligibility and Application

Full-time students are eligible for internship support during the summer between their first and second years at the La Follette School. Staff will notify students about the award program and application deadline via email early in the spring semester. Students may receive no more than three credits for internships; thus, students who already received three credits for PA 827 are not eligible for summer support.

The first deadline for summer internship support is in March. The Career Services Coordinator will determine and announce subsequent deadlines.

Students should refer to the Student Handbook, section 10.3, La Follette School Summer Policy Learning Experience for full program details and requirements.