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Policy-oriented, experiential learning. Students will
complete a 120-hour, approved internship experience. During this experience, students will learn
real-world, on-the-job skills, while assessing their own interests and
strengths in the sector in which they are working. Experiences can include independent
placements in the world of practice with public agencies and nonprofit
organizations locally or nationally or may be in an approved project led by
Biden School faculty/Biden School public service and research centers. In addition to completing the required hours, students must complete written assignments and an exit interview with the instructor.
The course is offered during Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer II. Students should secure an eligible placement prior to registration. Instructor permission is required for registration. The course is most appropriate for Juniors and Seniors. In some instances, sophomores may be approved to register during their second semester. The instructor for this course is Signe Bell. While her office is in Wilmington, she meets with students on campus regularly. Please contact her via phone or email with questions or to schedule a meeting. It is generally expected that students will meet with the instructor prior to registration.
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There are several UD and Biden School Programs that can be utilized for this course experience:
Summer Public Policy Fellows: Classroom concepts and hands-on practical experience come together
for students selected to participate in the Summer Undergraduate Public
Policy Fellows program. Through this program,
students conduct research with faculty and staff in one of the Joseph R.
Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration's affiliated
research centersthe Institute for Public Administration or the Center for Community Research and Serviceon
public policy issues such as aging, civic engagement, education, the
environment, healthcare, healthy communities, homelessness, housing
discrimination, land-use planning, poverty, transportation, welfare, and
water resources planning. Fellows learn about policy issues from
leaders in the field, network with practitioners, and witness classroom
concepts come to life through research and public service. The
Summer Undergraduate Public Policy Fellows Program runs for 10 weeks for
a total of 300 hours. Fellows take a required UNIV course that includes
two field visits outside of work hours and receive a $3,000 scholarship. Applications for Summer 2019 are due by April 8, 2019.
Spring Semester Washington DC Program: Intern, live, and study in the heart of the nation's capital for the Spring Semester! The Spring Semester in Washington, D.C. Program is a partnership among the Institute for
Public Administration, the UD Department of Political Science, and the Institute for Global Studies.
program gives undergraduate students the opportunity to live in the
heart of Washington, D.C.
for the spring semester while interning in a placement of their choice.
The internship constitutes six-credit hours with another six credits
provided for in-classroom experiences. For more information about the Spring Semester in Washington, D.C. Program, contact Philip Barnes.
Legislative Fellows: Begun as a partnership between the University of Delaware and the Delaware General Assembly in 1982, the Legislative Fellows Program is now sponsored in cooperation with Delaware State University and Wesley College. For
the students, who are selected through a competitive application
process, the experience offers a valuable opportunity to observe and
contribute to the political decision-making process. For the General
Assembly, the program provides the research skills of the Fellows as
well as a link to University resources. Through their nonpartisan,
in-depth research, Fellows assist legislators in addressing critical
issues facing the state. In recent years, Fellows have worked on areas
as diverse as land-use planning, education reform, and juvenile justice. The Legislative Fellows Program is managed by the University of Delaware's Institute for Public Administration. Lisa Moreland is the program manager for the Legislative Fellows Program.
Other Campus Placements: Students may intern with departments within the Biden School and throughout the University. In the recent past, students have interned with the Institute for Public Administration, Center for Community Research and Service, Disaster Research Center, Biden Institute, UD Office of Sustainability and UD Office of Human Resources and more. As long as the internship is public policy related and provides at least 120 hours of work experience, it will likely be approved.
Many students look for internships throughout Delaware, in Washington, DC or in their home state (over winter or summer). As long as the internship is public policy related and
provides at least 120 hours of work experience, it will likely be
approved. Approved internships have included working with or for: