Internships for the School of Planning, Public Policy and Management

Completing an internship is 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 first research a range of potential opportunities and organizations to identify specific internships that best match their career interests. In collaboration with a PPPM internship director and the internship's site supervisor, students develop individualized learning goals and outline substantive tasks and responsibilities that support those goals. Students who achieve their learning goals acquire a set of transferable skills and real-world experiences that prepare them for fellowships, professional positions, or further academic study.

For more information about the PPPM Internship Program, please contact:

For graduate students:

Rhonda Smith, Internship Director
Office: 121A Hendricks Hall
Phone: 541-346-2179

For undergraduate students:

Jessica Matthiesen, Undergraduate Program and Internship Director
Office: 121B Hendricks Hall

Example Internships and Fellowships

The following list is a sample of past internship sites:

  • American Red Cross (Seattle, WA)
  • California State Legislature (Sacramento, CA)
  • City of Portland Office of Sustainability (Portland, OR)
  • Clean Ocean Action (between Montauk Point, NY to Cape May, NY)
  • Make-A-Wish Founation (Portland, OR)
  • Pacific Gas & Electric (San Francisco, CA)
  • The Carter Center (Atlanta, GA)
  • The Idaho Foodbank (Boise, ID)
  • The Institute for Policy Studies (Washington, DC)
  • U.S.-China Business Council (Washington, DC)

PPPM Students have also completed a wide range of internships and have been selected for prestigious fellowships following graduation.

Some examples of post-graduate fellowships include:

  • City Hall Fellows
  • Presidential Management Fellows
  • William J. Clinton Fellow in Service to India
  • Fulbright Scholar Program
  • Boren Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (Sylff)
  • ICMA Local Government Fellowship
  • NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship.

For Current PPPM Students

If you are currently enrolled as a degree candidate in the School of Planning, Public Policy and Management and want to learn more about internships, visit the Current Student blog: