JU PPI has developed an extensive network of public, private and non-profit agencies to provide internships to JU MPP students. The following agencies, companies and organizations have joined the JU PPI Internship Program and agreed to host JU MPP interns:
- Florida’s 3rd 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 Alvin Brown
- The Duval County Public Schools (DCPS)
- St. Johns River Water Management District
- Jacksonville Port Authority (JPA)
- JEA (public utility)
- Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA)
- The Community Foundation (non-profit)
- Jacksonville Community Council Inc. (JCCI) (non-profit)
- The Fiorentino Group (TFG)
- CSX (Fortune 500 company)
- Florida Blue
- Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF)
Some of the internships are paid and some are non-paid. JU PPI has created a JU PPI Internship Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships to MPP students who have a non-paid internship. Scholarship 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 in policy oriented public or private organizations, or other work experience related to public policy
Students will prepare an internship report for the summer internship experience. These reports will be archived and made accessible to future MPP and other 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, for the second year Capstone Policy Project.