In addition to the 42 semester hours of credits required of all students,
a three credit-hour internship is required of students who do not
possess a year of full time equivalent professional experience, i.e.,
a position of professional level responsibility in public service requiring a baccalaureate. Eligible students seeking a waiver of the requirement should consult the MPA Student Handbook
Experience in undergraduate internships does not count toward meeting
The internship may begin as early as the second semester, but it is
usually taken during the latter half of one's program. The
School provides placement assistance and students should notify us
at the beginning of the semester prior to the beginning of the internship
that placement assistance is needed. We encourage interns to seek
internships in various locales, although most are in Tallahassee.
The internship course requires attendance at regular seminar sessions.
These sessions are designed to assist interns to relate theory
to the actual situations they are encountering on the job, as well
as introduce students to other appropriate topics. Students who do internships away
from Tallahassee must make arrangements to attend class the semester
before or after the internship is served. Students
who take two semesters to complete the required hours
should enroll for credit in the second term, otherwise they
will have to receive an incomplete grade (I) for the first term.
All placements must be approved by the instructor of the internship
course (PAD 5946) prior to the internship. Approximately 500 hours
of job experience is to be attained and evaluated (about 16 hours
per week for two semesters or 40 hours per week for a thirteen week
summer term). These hours may be distributed over one or two terms.
Each intern is responsible for negotiating a set of learning and performance
objectives with the work supervisor and course instructor. The statement
of objectives, when completed and signed by all parties, becomes a
contract that the employer agrees to help the intern
achieve learning objectives, the intern promises to attain the performance
objectives of the agency, and the School agrees that completion of the objectives warrants credit for the
work portion of the internship. When possible, the class
instructor visits the supervisor to coordinate the internship. At
the end of the internship, the intern is evaluated by the supervisor
and by the instructor.
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