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Internships

The University of Nebraska at Omaha School of Public Administration (UNOmaha SPA) offers a graduate level internship program geared to meet the unique needs of each participating student. Students work closely with one of SPA's Supervisor of Internships to design individualized internship experiences.

For MPA students except those in the local government concentration, contact Ellen Freeman-Wakefield, (402) 554.2636 or efreemanwakefield@unomaha.edu.

For Urban Studies students and MPA students in the local government concentration contact Robert Blair, Ph.D., (402) 554.3865 or rblair@unomaha.edu.

Partnerships have been established with a wide variety of public and nonprofit sites, locally, regionally and nationally. A strong support system, including professional development seminars and regular communication with a Supervisor of Internships, enhance the students' successful completion of their internships.

For information on credit and noncredit internships, contact Ellen Freeman-Wakefield or Robert Blair.

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FAQs

How to Do an Internship

PA8030, Internship in Public Administration, is strongly recommended for students with little or no work experience in the public or nonprofit sectors. Students seeking to make a career change also benefit from an internship. Internships are half-time positions over the course of a semester, and count as a 3-credit hour elective toward the MPA degree. Students must complete the three beginning core courses in the program before enrolling in the internship course.

A successful internship requires lead time. Students are encouraged to discuss their internship plans with their academic advisor, as well as a Supervisor of Internships.

For MPA students except those in the local government concentration, contact Ellen Freeman-Wakefield, (402) 554.2636 or efreemanwakefield@unomaha.edu; for Urban Studies students and MPA students in the local government concentration contact Robert Blair, Ph.D., (402) 554.3865 or rblair@unomaha.edu.

The procedure for obtaining an internship is to fill out an internship program application and to submit the application, with a current resume, to Ellen Freeman-Wakefield or Robert Blair, prior to the start of the semester. Students will be notified of scheduled times to meet with the Supervisor of Internships to discuss other requirements and procedures.

Is there an internship requirement for graduation?

The MPA program strongly encourages pre-service students to complete an internship, but it is not required for graduation.