Goldman School of Public Policy - University of California, Berkeley

Internships

HIRING STUDENTS FOR SUMMER INTERNSHIPS

THE SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

The Summer Internship Program at the Goldman School  of  Public  Policy  provides  students  with  an
opportunity to utilize the skills which they have acquired during their first year of study in the MPP
program, along with their experience and skills acquired before graduate school.  Interns do practical
policy work in the field and work with policy practitioners in all levels of government, non-profit, public
and private organizations.

WHAT A GOLDMAN SCHOOL INTERN CAN DO FOR YOU

Organizations that hire Goldman graduate students for a summer internship acquire professionals who
are well-qualified and highly-skilled in policy analysis and decision-making.  Interns utilize skills mastered
in the first year of graduate study: quantitative analysis (including microeconomics and statistics); policy
analysis and decision-making; political, legal and organizational analysis; communication and writing;
and knowledge of various computer programs including Microsoft Excel and statistical programs such as
STATA.  In most cases, interns also have extensive work experience prior to attending graduate school.

INTERNSHIP REQUIREMENTS

Goldman School graduate students are required to work for a minimum of 10 weeks on a full-time basis
during the summer between the first and second year of the Master's program.  Internships must be at
the professional level, policy-relevant, and must utilize some or all skills acquired during the first year of
study.

CONTINUING INTERNSHIPS

Depending on the organization's timeline and needs, students are often available to continue working
part-time through the fall and spring following the summer internship.  Because students are required to
complete their master's thesis (Advanced Policy Analysis or "APA") during the following spring semester,
where a student works with a real-world client to provide policy analysis consulting services, the summer
internship might develop into an APA project.  Because APAs are based on the "client's" needs,
organizations benefit as results obtained from working on a project or projects are compiled into a report
form which serves as both a product for the organization and master's thesis for the Goldman School.