One of the strengths of the JU MPP Program is its extraordinary internship program.
The JU MPP internship is an opportunity for students to apply and grow their skills in the real world.
JU PPI has developed an extensive network of public, private and non-profit agencies to provide internships to JU MPP students, including the following agencies, companies and organizations:
- Florida’s 5th Congressional District, Congresswoman Corrine Brown
- Florida’s 4th Congressional District, Congressman Ander Crenshaw
- Governor’s Office, State of Florida, Governor Rick Scott
- Mayor’s Office, City of Jacksonville, Mayor Lenny Curry
- The Duval County Public Schools (DCPS)
- St. Johns River Water Management District
- Jacksonville Port Authority (JPA)
- JEA (public utility)
- Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA)
- The Jacksonville Civic Council
- The Community Foundation (non-profit)
- Jacksonville Community Council Inc. (JCCI) (non-profit)
- Holland and Knight
- The Fiorentino Group (TFG)
- CSX (Fortune 500 company)
- Florida Blue
- Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF)
Some of these internships are paid. The JU PPI Internship Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to MPP students who have a non-paid internship. Scholarships will be provided as available.
Students are not limited to the internships provided by JU PPI and may seek internship credit for study aboard, employment with public or private organizations involved in public policymaking, or other work experience related to public policy.
In all cases, students will prepare an internship report for the summer internship experience. These reports will be archived and made accessible to future students.
The JU PPI Internship Program is described as follows in the JU MPP course catalog:
PPOL 590 - JU PPI Internship (2)
JU MPP students are required to complete a summer internship following the first year of MPP courses. An extensive network of agencies and organizations ---- public, private and non-profit ---- has been developed by JU PPI to host JU MPP interns. A written report is required by MPP students at the completion of the summer internship. During the internship, students are encouraged to identify a client public policy problem, or a substantive policy question, to address during their second year Capstone Policy Project.