The MPA Internship is an investment partnership by the Dalhousie School of Public Administration (SPA) and public sector employers in professional development and future public service leadership.
We offer an elective half-credit course for professional development, which includes a public service work term. Employers offer development positions for work terms, and candidates for the MPA compete for these positions. The work terms foster the integration of practical public service experience with the professional education of the MPA program.
The internship enhances both the quality of education and work preparedness of students who participate. It is of benefit to candidates for the MPA, employers and the SPA.
It is a contribution to the profession of public service and the quality of public services in Canada.
Investing in professional development and future public service leadership.
During the inter-session between the two years of study, students have the opportunity to be employed in the public sector. The Internship Coordinator negotiates the positions and tasks to ensure that interns are taking a step forward in their professional development. Students then compete for the available positions to earn their position.
To date, the program has been successful in finding internships for 100% of students, though a position is not guaranteed.
The internship is an elective course credit in the School of Public Administration and may be taken upon completion of the core first-year courses.
Benefits of the Internship Program
- It prepares students for the challenges of merit-based public sector job competitions.
- It provides students with practical experience.
- It provides the opportunity to apply much of the knowledge and skills learned in the first year.
- All internships are paid and help to subsidize a portion of program costs.