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The SPP Internship Program provides current students with financial support for unpaid internships in nonprofit, community and government organizations. Students spend up to one semester working part-time, or one summer working full-time, on projects that allow them to apply policy-relevant classroom in the workplace. The SPP Internship Program is competitive and offered year-round.

Apply for the Internship Program
  1. Download the Application: Undergraduate | Graduate
  2. Submit it via email to C. Bryan Kempton at

Incomplete applications will not be accepted, and the internship offer must be officially "in hand."

NOTE: The School of Public Policy has been granted an award from the Daviz Reznick Foundation to support 5 undergraduate students interning in the social and housing policy fields. If your internship falls within this field, please note this on your application.


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For best consideration, submit your completed application prior to the following dates each year:

  • Fall Semester Internships: August 15
  • Spring Semester Internships: December 15
  • Summer Internships: April 15  

Typically, funding decisions are made within one month of the best consideration date. 

Dean's Internship Award

Undergraduate and graduate policy students in the School of Public Policy are strongly encouraged to apply for the Dean’s Internship Award to support unpaid internships with local nonprofit and government organizations focused on serving underrepresented communities.

Requirements and Eligibility
  • Full-time student in the School of Public Policy, completion of the first semester of undergraduate or graduate curriculum and a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Demonstrated interest in various areas of public service (e.g. from work experiences, volunteer service or through the proposed internship).
  • Applicants are able spend up to one semester working part-time (minimum 10 hours/week) or one summer working full-time.
  1. Download the Application: Undergraduate | Graduate
  2. Submit it via email to C. Bryan Kempton at

If you have any questions, reach out to C. Bryan Kempton at

SPP students and alumni enjoy exclusive access to hundreds of policy-relevant internships, jobs and employer contacts through UMD Policy Jobs. The site provides a starting point for an internship or job search process.

Pi Alpha Alpha (PAA) recognizes and promotes excellence in the study and practice of public affairs and administration. PAA members are recognized at spring commencement and are invited to participate in chapter leadership and networking activities.
Learn More about PAA.

The Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) program attracts public service-minded students to the federal government. Through an extremely competitive process, PMF finalists receive an initial two-year appointment and eligibility for conversion to a permanent government position and further promotional opportunities. We support students in the PMF selection process by providing information sessions and access to our extensive PMF alumni network.

*Open to graduate students only

The Philanthropy Fellows program is an internship pipeline and professional development program linking graduate and undergraduate students to semester or year-long fellowship opportunities with Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers’ (WRAG) members.

Philanthropy Fellows are placed at WRAG member organizations, a network of more than 100 foundations and corporate giving programs that support nonprofits in the Greater Washington region. WRAG convenes a range of gatherings throughout the year on issues affecting the local philanthropic community, from affordable housing to health and community wellness.

Past Philanthropy Fellows placements include the J. Willard and Alice Marriott Foundation, United Way of the National Capital Region, Capital One Foundation, the Community Foundation of Prince George’s County, Venture Philanthropy Partners, Arabella Advisors, Deloitte, AARP and more.

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