Internships and Career Services

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 and career services, visit the Current Student blog:

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

Planning is the key to maximizing the benefits of an internship. We encourage students to research a range of potential opportunities and organizations to identify specific internships that best match their career interests. Once an internship is secured, students work in collaboration with PPPM internship faculty and their site supervisor to develop individualized learning goals and outline substantive tasks and responsibilities to 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.

To learn more about the PPPM Internship Program, visit the PPPM current student blog:

For more details about the PPPM Internship Program, contact:

For graduate students:

Julie Voelker-Morris, Career Services Director
Office: 121A Hendricks Hall

For undergraduate students:

Jessica Matthiesen, Undergraduate Internship Director
Office: 103 Hendricks Hall
Schedule an appointment online:

Example Internships and Fellowships

The following list is a sample of past internship sites:

  • American Red Cross (Seattle, WA)
  • Burudian Association for Healthy Families (Bujumbrua, Burundi)
  • City of Portland Office of Sustainability (Portland, OR)
  • La Via Campesina (Managua, Nicaragua)
  • Make-A-Wish Founation (Portland, OR)
  • Mercy Corps (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan)
  • Pacific Gas & Electric (San Francisco, CA)
  • The Carter Center (Atlanta, GA)
  • U.S.-China Business Council (Washington, DC)
  • U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio (local and Washington, D.C. offices)

Some examples of post-graduate fellowships include:

  • San Francisco 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