Why Public Administration?
Graduates of NIU’s M.P.A. degree program can look forward to excellent job prospects, with career opportunities in federal, state and local government, as well as in the private and non-profit sectors. A recent survey found that 95 percent of M.P.A. alumni obtained full-time employment within six months of graduating.
The essential purpose of the Master of Public Administration Internship Program is to offer public administration students who lack previous public service experience a developmental learning experience in the mainstream of public management.
Beyond providing professional development for interns, participating agencies also benefit from the program by being able to tap the resources of talented, motivated graduate students to help meet agency needs. This talent, moreover, is available at a very reasonable cost to the agencies. The basic objectives of the internship program, then, are to:
- provide the pre-professional with a valuable learning experience in his or her area of public service interest
- provide agencies with talented pre-professionals at a reasonable cost and strengthen the university/community bond
Interns are generally assigned research or administrative duties by supervisors at the agencies for which they
Students who enter the M.P.A. program without "appropriate professional experience" will generally be required to serve internships. "Appropriate professional experience" can generally be defined
- Kendall County
- Little City Foundation
- NIU - Athletic Department
- NIU - Center for Governmental Studies
- Tanzania Development Support, Inc.
- United City of
- Village of Algonquin
- Village of Bartlett
- Village of Berkeley
- Village of Carpentersville
Villageof Downers Grove Villageof Elk Grove Villageof Glen Ellyn
Most interns work an average of 20-24 hours per week in their agencies while being a full-time student. Interns must work a minimum of 20 hours per week. Classes in which interns are enrolled are generally scheduled in the time frame of 5-10 p.m. This allows maximum flexibility in scheduling intern work sessions. Depending on the internship site, interns may be allowed to work full-time over the summer and semester breaks.
Wages range from $10–$20.43 per hour, with $14.57 being the average wage. Wages are determined by the agency. You are responsible for providing your own means of transportation to and from internship sites.
Once admitted to the program, you will begin the internship application process under the direction of the department.
If the M.P.A. Internship Program interests you or you have any questions, please call the Department of Public Administration office at 815-753-0184