Routinely offered: This course is offered every year.
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 and Certificate in Health 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 the spring and summer term.
Students who wish to enroll in the course and receive credit for an internship must:
- Search and apply for internships (many internship opportunities are on the La Follette School website but you are not limited to these)
- Email the Career Services Coordinator if in doubt about whether or not your internship will meet La Follette School requirements
- Accept an internship offer
- Fill out the PA 327 Internship Agreement Form
- Email the completed electronic form to your site supervisor for an e-signature
- Then email the form to the Career Services Coordinator
- 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. NOTE: PA 327 (or an alternative listed below) must be taken concurrently with your internship in order to earn credit towards the certificate.
- 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.
Certificate in Public Policy students can also satisfy the internship & fieldwork component by taking Political Science 315: Legislative Internship which is offered throughout 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.
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 during the application window (announced annually each spring).