The School of Public Administration Internship Program provides students with an opportunity to engage in active experiential learning. Internships allow students to apply knowledge, skills, theory, and concepts acquired in the classroom in public agencies and nonprofit organizations.

Requirements for Academic Credit

Internships are required for undergraduate students in the School of Public Administration. Prior to graduation, all undergraduate students must complete at least one 180-hour internship for three credit hours.

  • PAD 4949: is a required course for public administration majors. Eligible undergraduate students may opt to intern for 180 hours for three credit hours or to intern for 375 hours for six credit hours. Students seeking nine credit hours will need approval from the internship coordinator. Approval will only be given to students who will be either traveling out-of-state or participating in a special immersion internship (e.g., UCF Legislative Scholars Internship).PAD 4941 and PAD 4948 have been officially changed to PAD 4949 (Effective fall 2016).
  • PAD 6946: is a graduate level general elective. Students may take this for up to three credit hours.

Undergraduate Students:

  • Must be a junior or senior
  • Maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Have successfully complete 12 credit hours of public administration coursework, including Introduction to Public Administration (PAD 3003)
  • All undergraduate students in the nonprofit management minor who are completing the National Certification from the the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Program must complete a 300-hour internship while enrolled in PAD 4949.

Graduate Students:

  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Have successfully completed six credit hours of graduate level public administration coursework
  • Eligible graduate students may receive a maximum of three credit hours for one semester of internship.

Please note that students should consult the internship coordinator if they do not meet the listed requirements.

Placement and Registration

It is the student’s responsibility to find an internship in an area that fits their interests. Students may work with the internship coordinator to locate an appropriate position or conduct a search on their own.

Students who have arranged internships by their own efforts must seek approval from the internship coordinator prior to beginning the internship. Students who do not receive approval run the risk of not receiving academic credit for their internship.

To register for academic credit in the School of Public Administration Internship Program, students will need to complete the online internship orientation. Students should complete the orientation in the semester prior to the semester they wish to begin the internship.

*Undergraduate students must apply with the Office of Experiential Learning, once completed they will be enrolled automatically in the on-line internship orientation course. Graduate students will need to request enrollment in the orientation from the internship coordinator.

Students should meet with an academic advisor prior to enrolling in an internship to ensure the course is a part of their individualized plan of study.

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