University of Oregon

Planning, Public Policy and Management


Welcome to the Internship Program, an integral component of the Planning, Public Policy and Management curriculum. Internships offer students opportunities to explore and clarify career goals, apply academic learning, enhance and learn new skills, gain experience, and network with professionals.

Planning is the key to maximizing the benefits of an internship. Students are encouraged to research a range of potential opportunities and identify specific internships that best match their career interests. With assistance from the Internship Director and Undergraduate Internship Coordinator, students develop individualized learning goals. In collaboration with the site supervisor, students outline substantive tasks and responsibilities that support their learning goals. Students who achieve their learning goals acquire a set of transferable skills and real-world experience that prepares them for fellowships, professional positions, or further academic study.

Students have completed a wide range of internships and have been selected for prestigious fellowships following graduation. An undergraduate student was one of 20 fellows selected from 400 applicants for the inaugural class of City Hall Fellows, a one-year program dedicated to developing future leaders in city government. Several graduate students have been selected as Presidential Management Fellows. In 2010, an MPA student was selected as a William J. Clinton Fellow in Service to India.

The following list is a sample of internship sites:

  • American Red Cross (Seattle, WA)
  • California State Legislature (Sacramento, CA)
  • City of Portland Office of Sustainability (Portland, OR)
  • Eno Transportation Foundation (Washington, D.C.)
  • Friends of the Urban Forest (San Francisco, CA)
  • IE3 international internships in Tanzania, India, SouthAfrica, Jordan
  • Make-A-Wish Founation (Portland, OR)
  • Mercy Corps (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan)
  • National Park Service/Ft. Vancouver Historic Site (Vancouver, WA)
  • Obama Campaign (Colorado and Pennsylvania)
  • Proyecto Pastoral (Los Angeles, CA)
  • The Carter Center (Atlanta, GA)
  • The Idaho Foodbank (Boise, ID)
  • The Institute for Policy Studies (Washington, D.C.)
  • U.S.-China Business Council (Washington, D.C.)
  • U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer (Washington, D.C. office)

For information, contact:
Rhonda Smith, Internship Director
Phone: (541) 346-2179



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