PPIP with CIFE is a program unlike any other because of its strong relationship with the European Union and its variety of locations abroad. Explore below other reasons why PPIP with CIFE is a great option for you!
- Housing Scholarship
- Build Your Résumé
- Academic Credit
- Training and Support
- Networking Opportunities
- Learn About Policy
PPIP with CIFE interns receive a generous housing scholarship to offset the cost of living abroad. Spring and fall interns receive $2,500 and summer interns receive $1,000.
Internships are now a vital part of a successful college education. Internships are about gaining experience and making contacts in the professional world. They are about learning how to adapt in a new environment and interacting with professionals.
- When interviewing for jobs, it is important that your potential employer sees you have practical work experience, and what better place to get that experience than abroad?!
- Policy affects everything! Therefore, having a policy-related internship on your résumé shows potential employers that you understand this critical building block.
- Interning far from your home shows your ability to adapt to new environments, improve your French or German skills, and contribute to our world as a global citizen.
- Interning with such a well-established program such as CIFE will enhance your resume in the eyes of the international community.
- As a Public Policy Internship Program participant you are considered a FULL-TIME student, even though you will only be enrolled in the 1 hour PPIP internship course.
- The 1 hour PPIP course is administered by program staff. The class consists of weekly reflections, writing a final paper, and completing evaluations with your supervisor concerning your performance.
- You can also earn additional credit through special topics courses or independent study courses with a professor.
- Typically, you are not subject to the 15 hour rule when taking less than 12 hours and only pay for the hours you sign up for.
- Most students are also eligible for federal financial aid and can maintain health insurance due to the full-time status waiver.
Talk to the PPIP staff if you have any questions about receiving course credit while interning in Europe.
Before leaving campus…
- You will meet with program staff and receive help in getting ready for your internship, including travel, and living advice.
- Although PPIP does not provide housing, you will be given assistance in looking for places to live for during your internship.
- You will complete a day-long training session with PPIP staff and other knowledgeable speakers to learn about what to expect in and out of the office.
Once in Europe…
- The program director will check in with you throughout the semester to help ensure a good experience.
- As a PPIP intern you can take advantage of opportunities to meet professionals working in your area of interest, helping to hone your communication skills and learn about career development.
- Interacting daily with co-workers and members of the community in which you live will polish your leadership skills, giving you knowledge that will make you an asset in any other position in your future!
- As a full-time staff member of your office, you have an outstanding training ground to practice your professional skills and start building your career network!
- PPIP Interns work on a wide variety of public policy issues with one common thread–they affect our foreign policy in a profound way.
- PPIP interns make a difference! As an intern, you will learn the policy process from the ground up and learn how the EU functions on the world arena. PPIP interns become a part of the process that shapes our nation and world.