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Internships are credit-based, structured, supervised off-campus learning opportunities in nonprofit, government, educational, associations, or health care organizations in the U.S. or abroad. Students choose internships to prepare for specific careers or to help in career choices. In some cases, students find internships help identify thesis topics or integrated seminar projects.
Purpose of Internships
As a highly individualized learning experience, internships have two purposes: 1) they provide students with opportunities to integrate practical and academic experiences in the context of public service management, and 2) they give students opportunities to contribute to society, thereby extending the public service mission of DePaul University.
Students can take advantage of internships locally and abroad. Participating in internship provides industry-specific experience that can match students academic studies with their personal interests. For more job and internship information please read the School's current Internship Guidelines.
Students must contact both Assistant Director for Academic Advising (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Michael Diamond (email@example.com), Internship Coordinator, in order to register for the internship course, MPS 601 or MPS 610. Both the informal course registration and sample agreement need to be completed, with signatures, before a student can be registered.
For more information about SPS internships, please contact Michael Diamond at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DePaul’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences offers graduate students a Scholarship for Community and Project Based Learning Internships. This program offers stipends for any graduate student pursuing an internship with a non-profit, non-governmental organization, or government entity. These scholarships are available for each quarter, and you have to be registered in an internship course (MPS 601 or MPS 610) to qualify.
MPA - The majority of our MPA student internships were in organizations at the level of city, county, or other local government in the same country as the program. Here's a list of government organizations our students interned with recently:
City of Chicago Dept. Zoning & Planning
City of Chicago Dept. Housing & Economic Development
City of Chicago, Department of Community Development
City of Chicago Finance Dept.
City of Chicago, Chicago Department of Transportation
Chicago Crime Commission
Fairview Heights Chamber of Commerce
Northbrook Police Department
Village of Glenview
Village of Riverside
Village of Lincolnwood
Village of Villa Park, IL
City of Crystal Lake, Illinois
Cook County Clerk's Office
Cook County Board of Review
Office of the Attorney General/Albany New York
IRS Chief Counsel Office
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services