Master of Public Administration internships

For students without significant, sector-related work experience, an internship is a crucial means to get the experience needed to succeed in the public service professions. Guidelines for the internship are available in the M.P.A. Student Handbook (PDF).

Where have M.P.A. students previously interned?

Our students do an excellent job of securing prestigious and challenging internships across the Detroit metropolitan area and beyond. As an example, M.P.A. students have interned with the following organizations in the past:

  • City of Detroit Planning Department
  • City of Detroit- City Council
  • City of Grosse Pointe Shores
  • City of Harper Woods
  • City of Leamington (Canada)
  • City of Lincoln Park
  • City of Novi
  • City of Oak Park
  • City of Royal Oak
  • City of Troy
  • Detroit Historical Society
  • Detroit Zoo
  • Wayne State University, CLAS Development Office
  • Wayne State University, Food Pantry
  • Wayne State University, Humanities Center

Because of the diversity of our student interests, there is no single clearinghouse for internships. However, many internships will be publicized via the M.P.A. student email list, and the faculty has a wealth of connections to the community that may lead to an internship in a student's area of interest.

Generally speaking, there is a range of internships available for students across all areas of interest. The best first step to securing an internship is to discuss it with the M.P.A. director after reading the internship section of the M.P.A. Student Handbook. Contact the director at mpa@wayne.edu for more information.

Internship credit

Doing an internship for credit? Make sure to complete the Internship Learning Agreement and the Internship Supervisor Evaluation forms. The Internship Learning Agreement will need to be submitted to the M.P.A. director prior to beginning the internship, while the Internship Supervisor Evaluation will need to be completed by your site supervisor after the internship concludes.

Not doing the internship? You will need to complete an Internship Waiver form and submit it to the M.P.A. director at mpa@wayne.edu.