MPA Internship Course
The MPA internship course is designed to broaden the experiential base, and application of, theoretical content to the field of public administration. The purpose of this course is to enable students to develop a more comprehensive view of the practice of public administration by translating academic training into real world practice.
At the time of admission, MPA students are grouped as "Pre-Service" or "In-Service" students based on their public and nonprofit work experience. In-Service students typically have three (3) or more years of public and/or nonprofit experience, at the level of analyst or better. Clerical experience does not count for qualification of In-Service students.
All Pre-Service MPA students without (3) or more years of public service experience are required to take the public administration internship course, PAD 6946. Pre-Service students will have the opportunity to locate and complete a 300-hour public service internship at a location and position level that is subject to approval by the MPA Internship Faculty Supervisor. Students who successfully complete a 300-hour internship during a semester receive three (3) credits for the internship course, PAD 6946. Internship course credits will be counted towards the MPA degree and certificate requirements.
MPA ICMA Student Leadership Internship Program
The MPA program in collaboration with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) have developed the Student Leadership Internship Program for FIU MPA students. Student leadership interns will work directly and closely with ICMA Credentialed Managers and shadow their schedules in all facets of governmental operations. They will learn the foundations and best practices of local government operations in accordance with ICMA’s mission to advance professional local government through leadership, management, innovation, and ethics. Student leadership interns are eligible to register for the public internship course and receive three credits upon successful completion of the Student Leadership Internship Program. If interested in participating in the ICMA Student Leadership Internship Program, please contact ICMA FIU chapter.
The Student Leadership Internship Program serves as a fast-track career development pathway. It is open to both Pre-Service and In-Service students. Pre-Service students who successfully complete 300 hours within a semester will fulfill the internship requirement and are eligible to receive three credits of the internship course PAD 6946. In-Service students may choose to participate in the Student Leadership Internship Program with or without registering for the internship course PAD 6946. In-Service students who elect not to sign up for the internship course PAD 6946 will not earn credits toward their graduation.
MPA Alumni Mentorship/Internship Program
Current MPA students will have access to a robust network of alumni who are eager and willing to meet you and share their professional expertise and personal experience. Participating MPA students will be matched to alumni mentors based on shared professional interest and area of expertise, career goals and mutual availability. A formal mentoring relationship typically lasts for one academic semester, but both student mentees and alumni mentors are encouraged to stay connected after completion of the formal mentorship program. MPA student mentees and alumni mentors should develop a mentoring plan and assess accomplishment of the mentoring plan. Throughout the semester, MPA student mentees are expected to meet at least once per month with their mentors by phone, email, or in person. To participate and/or for inquiries, please contact Dr. Nicki Fraser.
A mentoring relationship may be expanded to an alumni internship program, where student mentees are supervised by alumni for at least 300 hours in one semester at the level of analyst or better. Typical MPA internship requirements and expectations apply.