Internships


Texas A&M University recognizes internships as an integral part of its curriculum, enabling students to participate in structured, supervised learning experiences off-campus. The Public Policy Internship Program (PPIP) strives to provide out-of-classroom opportunities which help students build on and enhance previous coursework. Integrating an off-campus, work-learning experience with related curriculum choices reinforces learning on campus.

PPIP is an academic, service-designated course to help students obtain policy-related internships in Washington, D.C.; Austin, Texas; and countries in the European Union. Students may engage in internships in a variety of settings which match their academic goals.

Students are expected to work full-time at their internship placement within our program. During their internship, students learn new skills unique to their field, gain valuable inside knowledge about their professional future, and meet the people who will someday become their co-workers and professional network.

Objectives

As a result of participating in the program, interns will:
  • Understand the policy-making process and how policy affects society.
  • Develop skills and competencies for specific professions, to explore career interests, and to form networks.
  • Evaluate and apply knowledge gained from academic coursework and examine firsthand how theories learned in the classroom impact society and the world.
  • Develop intellectual and professional partnerships.
  • Expand opportunities for self-directed learning.
  • Provide hosting organizations with valuable assistance.