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NASPAA PAID GRADUATE INTERNSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT: Public Service Education Internship Focus: Election Reform Summer 2017

This is an exciting internship opportunity, ideal for a graduate student interested in public policy, including election reform.

The Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) is a global nonprofit association in Washington DC, dedicated to ensuring excellence in public service education and promoting the ideal of public service.  We are a membership association of over 300 graduate education programs in public administration, public policy, and public affairs located across the US and around the world.  NASPAA is also the accreditor of master's degree programs in these fields.  

Application Deadline: The deadline is rolling.  We will start considering application on February 1, but we will continue to accept applications until the internship is filled. This internship is a time-limited position and does not include benefits. International students may apply if they possess a visa that permits them to work in the US. NASPAA is an equal opportunity employer.

Application Process:

Please e-mail your letter of interest and resume to, using the subject line "Application for Summer 2017 Election Administration Internship". Contact information for two references will be required from candidates selected as finalists.


PSC/PA Dept. Graduate Assistantships

Each year the Department of Political Scienc​e and Public Administration awards a limited number of assistantships to MA and MPA students in the political science graduate programs. This primary form of financial assistance for graduate students provides tuition remission, a stipend, and funding to cover the cost of mandatory university fees.  They work 20 hours per week for the department assisting in faculty research and teaching activities.  Assistantship applications are due in the department by​ March 12th by 5:00 PM.  

Graduate Assistantship Application Form


City of Mt. Pleasant - City Management Internship

General Statement of Duties: The CITY MANAGEMENT INTERN will learn valuable work skills under the direction of the Human Resources Director and City Manager. The Intern will play a role in coordinating and facilitating City projects that require the involvement of multiple city departments. They will be given the opportunity to interact with department heads and attend high level meetings, exposing them to the responsibilities of each department, and current local government issues. The intern’s interests and goals will be taken into account for projects.  The work schedule is flexible, with core office hours between 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Typical Learning Experiences: The CITY MANAGEMENT INTERN may be called upon to do any or all of the following:  Manage projects, Research issues facing the City of Mt. Pleasant, Draft reports detailing research, Draft memos, Attend meetings, Make recommendations to the Human Resources Director and City Manager.  The expected research projects may include: • Survey of paid time off policies at other municipalities • Research and summary of retirement program structures • Development of a policy related to naming City facilities • Development of an internship manual for future interns.

These examples do not include all of the tasks that the intern may be expected to perform. All tasks performed are intended to provide the intern with new skills and a valuable learning experience. Qualifications for Internship:   Intern must be a graduate student in the MPA program, a public administration undergraduate major of senior or junior standing, or recently graduated from an undergraduate public administration program; Intern must be willing to commit up to at least 80 hours of work over the duration of the internship, typically a college semester.  Also, interested Interns should be pursuing or dedicated to a career in public service. 

Required Application Materials:  • Application • Criminal History Background Check Authorization Form • Fair Credit Reporting Act Disclosure & Authorization • Cover Letter • Resume • Unofficial Transcript • Three references 

Submission Guidelines:  To apply, visit for all application materials.   Send required materials to Human Resources Director Susanne Gandy at  Application Deadline: Accepting application materials until the position is filled.     Potential Start Date: As soon as possible  Students may earn academic credit for this internship if coordinated through their degree program with Central Michigan University.  The internship is an unpaid opportunity.


Michigan Municipal Executives (MME) NextGen

A student membership with the MME is free, and is highly encouraged to anyone considering a position in local government management. Students are also given free registration to the two (2) annual MME conferences with their first year membership; the Winter Institute and the Summer Workshop.

Once the membership application is submitted, students can click here to register for the Winter Institute free of charge.  

For more information, please contact:

Aaron Desentz, MPA, City Manager, City of Leslie, 106 E. Bellevue St., PO Box 496, Leslie, MI 49251-0496, Phone: 517-589-8236 ext.104, Fax: 517-589-0156,

2018 Ian Axford (New Zealand) Fellowships in Public Policy

Ian Axford (New Zealand) Fellowships in Public Policy give outstanding American mid-career professionals the opportunity to research, travel and gain practical experience in public policy in New Zealand for seven months.  Established and funded by the New Zealand Government in 1995 to reinforce links between New Zealand and the United States, the programme aims to advance all areas of public policy by cross-fertilisation of ideas and experience and to continue building a network of public policy experts on both sides of the Pacific.


Two to three Fellows are selected each year.  Applicants must be US citizens with at least five years experience in their professions, and must submit a formal application. For further information and an application form, see Fulbright New Zealand's website.

Applications close 1 April 2017

For more information, please contact: Frank Cain or Colin Kennedy


NASPAA is seeking a Spring 2017 graduate student passionate about higher education and public service. This exciting internship opportunity, ideal for a graduate student interested in global higher education, program assessment, and/or policy analysis. Primary responsibilities are expected to include, depending on qualifications and interest:
•Creating the annual accreditation data report, NASPAA’s public resource on school data and trends. Candidate will be expected to clean, analyze, and present data effectively, resulting in the final report.

The application deadline is rolling. Applicants should e-mail a letter of interest and resume to, using the subject line “Application for Spring Internship”. A list of references will be required from candidates selected as finalists.


James H. Dunn Jr., Memorial Fellowship

The Dunn Fellowship Program provides bright, highly motivated college graduates a unique opportunity to experience firsthand the operations of state government for one year. Dunn Fellows are recruited from public and private colleges and universities throughout the nation. Qualified applicants must hold a bachelor's degree at the program's commencement and must have demonstrated a commitment to excellence through academic honors, leadership ability, extracurricular activities and community/public service involvement. The program begins on the first weekday in August and ends on July 31st of the following year. 

Apply at:

For questions, contact

If you have any questions contact Michael Taylor. 
Michael H. Taylor
Legislative Affairs Dunn Fellow- House
Office of Governor Bruce Rauner



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