As a student admitted to the M.P.A. program as pre-career at the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Western Michigan University, you will be required to complete a three-credit-hour internship. To meet the three-credit-hour requirement, you must complete 300 contact hours, or 20 hours per week for a 15 week period (one semester). While completing the internship, you must enroll in PADM 7120: Professional Field Experience.
Internship scheduling and coordination
Pre-career students needing an internship should contact Dr. Barbara Liggett, director of the graduate internship programs in the School of Public Affairs and Administration, at least one semester prior to enrolling in PADM 7120. The director of the graduate internship programs will have information about available internships and will be able to help you set one up. All document needs for an internship are located in the 2016 Professional Field Experience Handbook. Internships normally correspond to the academic calendar beginning in January, May or September. Internships may be paid or unpaid. The director of the graduate internship programs, the sponsoring agency and you should agree in advance to internship arrangements.
Pre-career M.P.A. students
Need an internship? Call (269) 387-8930 for an internship advising appointment with Dr. Barbara Liggett.