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. 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, and NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship.

The following list is a sample of internship sites:

  • American Red Cross (Seattle, WA)
  • Asoka (Washington, D.C.)
  • Bolsa Chica Land Trust (Huntington Beach, CA)
  • Burudian Association for Healthy Families (Bujumbrua, Burundi)
  • 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, Scotland
  • Make-A-Wish Founation (Portland, OR)
  • Mercy Corps (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan)
  • National Park Service/Ft. Vancouver Historic Site (Vancouver, WA)
  • Obama Campaign (Colorado and Pennsylvania)
  • Pacific Gas & Electric (San Francisco, CA)
  • 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)
  • U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio (local and Washington, D.C. offices)
  • U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (local office)
  • La Via Campesina (Managua, Nicaragua)

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