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A1 Marketing Concepts
American Diabetes Association
Citizenship Initiative
City of Largo, Office of Management & Budget
City of Oldsmar, Administrative Services
CDC of Tampa, Inc.
Dream Center of Tampa Bay
ECHO of Brandon
Hillsborough County Public Schools
Lake Wales Care Center
Ovation School for the Arts
Pasco County, Office of Management & Budget
Pasco County, Utilities & Administration
Pinellas County, Emergency Management
Tampa General Hospital
United Cerebral Palsy of NYC
USF Government Relations
Voices for Children of Tampa Bay
World Upside Down, Inc.
YMCA, Central City

 

For more information on internship opportunities, contact Dr. John Daly, MPA Associate Professor, at jdaly@usf.edu or Angela Crist, Internship Coordinator, at acrist@usf.edu.

The USF MPA internship program is part of an ongoing commitment to adding ‘hands on’ experience to the portfolio of career competencies we provide our graduates. It gives them the opportunity to experience the challenges of public and community service first hand, and to see theory actually put into practice. Students may work for any public/ non-profit organization where they get to opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge acquired in their program of study.

All pre-service students, defined as those students who are not currently employed in or do not have at least 5 years past experience in a relevant professional post, must complete a three-credit hour internship (PAD 6946). This course requirement consists of the completion of 150 hours interning at a public/ non-profit organization and submission of a summary report at the end of the semester. The internship experience must be professional and/or administrative in nature as opposed to a clerical-level position. Students must consult with the program director at least one semester in advance of their internship placement. All placements must be approved by the director.

In-service students are in most cases eligible for a waiver of this requirement. All internship waivers must be approved by the program director at least one semester prior to graduation.

In the past, our MPA students have had the opportunity to intern at local agencies, getting the chance to develop their professional networks and gain firsthand experience in applying their knowledge in the real world.