Welcome to the Public Management and Policy Internship Course!
Did you know that our students often get full-time job offers once they have completed their internship? You are on your way to the start of a new career or career advancement with this course.
Welcome to the PMAP internship course! This page offers you access to much of the class content, but you need to visit our iCollege page to get everything you need.
If you do not see the PMAP Internship Course in iCollege, contact the faculty internship coordinator, Dr. Joseph Hacker.
Remember that a regular course registration is still needed to receive credit for completing the internship course, but you can start your internship before you register on PAWS.
First step! Register for either PMAP 4941 (undergraduate) or PMAP 8941 (graduate) to receive academic credit for your internship. You can start and complete your internship without being registered for the course, but you will not get course credit until you register through PAWS, you appear on a grade roll, and have completed all course components.
Second step! Make sure you have access to the PMAP_Internship_Course on iCollege . Contact Dr. Hacker if you cannot see the course on your iCollege homepage.
Third step! Get to work! To complete the course, complete and submit the following to the appropriate Dropbox or access point at the course on iCollege:
- Intern Data Sheet Quiz (on iCollege)
- Program Plan
- Posted Internship Description (on iCollege)
- Time & Activity Sheet
- Intern Evaluation – to be completed by your employer
- Attend a Final Internship Session
- Final Report
Remember: All materials should be submitted through iCollege.
Check your grades frequently. It is your responsibility to know where you are in the course, what you have turned in, that we have acknowledged receipt of your work, and that you are on track to complete the course and receive a grade.
THANKS FOR CONSIDERING OUR STUDENTS!
You may already know that the Department of Public Management and Policy offers top-rated programs in a number of public affairs specialty areas. US News and World Report ranks us 8th in public budgeting and finance, 8th in urban policy, 9th in nonprofit management, 22nd in policy analysis, and 19th in public management and that is out of 285 policy and public affairs programs in the nation!
We have roughly 150 students conducting internships each year, supporting the work of public, nonprofit and private organizations here in the metropolitan Atlanta area, across the State of Georgia, the United States and even around the world. These efforts add up to about 40,000 hours of skilled professional service each year.
Internships help both students and employers!
Interns give us an assessment of their internships, and employers evaluate our interns. Our internship evaluations from both students and employers are consistently excellent. Students greatly appreciate the wonderful opportunities they receive, and employers appreciate the work that our students do for them. Sponsoring one of our interns is a smart management decision!
Our students are eligible for academic credit.
Undergraduate students completing an internship in the Department of Public Management and Policy must conduct at least 200 hours of work for their sponsoring organization, along with some academic components, in order to receive 3 hours of credit for the course. Graduate students must complete 300 hours of work along with all the other academic requirements associated with the course.
Students must meet both university and employer standards.
We guide students through the internship course with on-line and in-person components. Our students work at their internship as they complete the academic requirements of the course. You can review our class syllabus and frequently asked questions page online. These documents can help you to better understand what your intern needs to do to receive academic credit for an internship.
What is a great internship?
A good match between employer needs and student interests and skills is very important, and this is where employers play a significant role. Our goals as a public affairs school focus on a set of nationally recognized student competencies:
∙ to lead and manage in public governance;
∙ to participate in and contribute to the policy process;
∙ to analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems and make decisions
∙ to articulate a public service perspective;
∙ to communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry
We encourage employers to consider these competencies when establishing and monitoring internship duties and responsibilities.
Our program plan is the first thing you see.
The first document that you will see from an intern that you sponsor is the program plan. This form is available in Acrobat and Word formats. You and your intern should develop and complete this plan together.
We understand that initial plans sometimes change, but the plan helps employers and interns to discuss likely internship activities and establish expectations before any work begins.
- How do employers find and hire interns?
- In most cases, we put employers in the driver’s seat. We let students know about internship opportunities using AYS Handshake. We also encourage employers to consult with our career services staff on the best strategies for finding the help you need.
- How can I make sure my intern gets academic credit?
- Stay in touch with your intern and monitor their progress; we are here to help with any questions or concerns you may have along the way. Other than the program plan, the most important thing that you can do is to make sure your intern properly documents work hours. We have a Time and Activity Sheet available, but forms from your organization are also fine. You must approve the final total hours of work conducted by your intern.
- How do I evaluate the work of my intern?
- We also have an Intern Evaluation form that we will ask you as the intern sponsor to complete and return to us at the end of the internship. This is an assessment of the work that the student conducted for your organization. Once you complete and sign this form, you give it to your intern for submission.
- Where can I learn more about intern management?
- Public sector employers may be able to use this internship toolkit developed by the International City/County Management Association. This has a local government focus, but provides useful information for many internship settings.