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Internships & Professional Development

Students can pursue structured, supervised off-campus learning opportunities in nonprofit, government, education, associations, or health care organizations in the U.S. or abroad for course credit. This can be done either as an internship or as professional development with a current employer. Students choose internship and professional development opportunities to prepare for specific careers or to help in career choices. In some cases, students find work experiences can help identify topics for their integrated seminar projects.

Purpose of Internships & Professional Development
As a highly individualized learning experience, internship & professional development placements 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 these credit bearing workplace experiences locally, nationally, or internationally.  Participating in an internship or professional development experience provides transferable skills that can match a student's academic studies with their personal interests. For more information please read the School's current Internship Guidelines.

Internship & Professional Development Course Registration:
Students must contact both the Assistant Director for Academic Advising (, and Michael Diamond (, Internship Coordinator, in order to register for either internship course (MPS 601: Professional Development and Internship, or MPS 610: Internship - Capstone). Both the informal course registration and sample agreement need to be completed, with signatures, before a student can be registered.

Internship Guide
MPS 601 Internship Guide

Internship & Professional Development Forms:

For more information about SPS internships & professional development, please contact Michael Diamond at

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Internship Opportunity

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.

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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
British Consulate-General
Mission Honduras International
Jesuit Refugee Service
World Relief - Chicago
American Dental Associations Division of Global Affairs
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Heartland International
Light and Leadership Initiative
Alliance Francaise de Chicago
YMCA of the USA International Group
Heshima Kenya
Life for the World
Bible League International
World Chicago
Bright Pink
Watershed Organization Trust
World Engagement Institute
Gift From the Heart Foundation
City of Vaulx-en-Velin, France
Amnesty International USA
United States Agency for International Development
US Dept. of State Security
UN Relief and Works Agency