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Internship Requirement


Internships are an integral part of the student experience at SIPA. Students in the MPA and MIA degree programs are required to conduct an internship along with submitting completed paperwork as part of their academic coursework, but all students are encouraged to explore internships as part of their education and career development. 

MPA-DP students: In lieu of the internship requirement, MPA-DP students complete a mandatory 12-week summer field placement. However, MPA-DP students may still choose to register for up to three credits in SIPA U9013 (overseen by OCS) if completing a separate internship that is related to their concentration and outside of the summer field placement opportunity. MPA-DP students who complete a separate internship should still submit to OCS the internship paperwork that is detailed below. Internships must be professional in nature and follow the same SIPA internship guidelines, below, in order for MPA-DP students to receive credit in the SIPA U9013 internship course. 

PLEASE NOTE: International students should be aware of special regulations when seeking paid internships in the United States. Please review Information for International Students for details.

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SIPA Internship Requirement
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Required Paperwork to Meet Requirement/Receive Internship Credit
Waiving the Internship Requirement