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Responsibility of the Intern


PAD 694 Public Administration Internship Experience (B). Prerequisite: Completion of 21 credits toward the MPA. Provides students an opportunity to learn the practical application of theories, concepts and techniques taught in Public Administration program. Through employment in a public sector, health care, nonprofit or public safety organization, teaches students practical administrative or policy practices and how to integrate theoretical issues with those found in the workplace. 3-6 Cr. Every Semester.


Internship Coordinator Contact Information:


Dr. Wendy J. Wright

55 St. Paul Street

Rochester, New York 14604


Phone:  585-395-5570



The intern will:


For 3 credits

For 6 credits

Work either on site or other

At least 15 hours a week for 12 weeks

At least 30 hours a week for 12 weeks

Submit Journal




At least 2

At least 4

Major projects




Time Frame:


The Semester prior to the internship

  • Find an internship
  • Discuss with internship coordinator (Dr. Wendy J. Wright)
  • Get the faculty approval
  • Set up a meeting with mentor, college supervisor to finalize contract.

During internship

  • Submit weekly journal
  • Work at site 15/30 hours a week, or as finalized in contract
  • Attend meetings both internal and external, as finalized in contract
  • Submit papers

At the end of the semester

  • Submit final folder at the beginning of finals week


All Interns will write a report on:

  1. “Shadow mentor”  experience
  2. Attended meetings
  3. One paper for each major project/s done
  4. a. Relate to the competencies
  5. How the experience relates to at least 2 classes taken in the PAD program
  6. Other

Suggested projects and how they relate to the core competencies:


Core competency


Core competency 1:

To lead and manage in public governance

  • Conduct an internal evaluation of a grant or other activity
  • Examine an event or issue in the organization and provide an analysis of the leadership and management dynamics operating in the situation. Address the benefits and drawbacks of leadership and management in this situation. In your opinion should leadership or management take precedence in this situation for a productive outcome? Conclude the discussion with three insights you have gained from your study of this situation regarding the difference between leadership and management in public governance.

Core competency 2:

To participate in and contribute to the public policy process   

  • Create a logic model for a grant.

Core competency 3:

To analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems and make decisions

  • Research a subject and create a whitepaper ( A white paper is an authoritative report or guide helping readers to understand an issue, solve a problem, or make a decision.)

Core competency 4:

To articulate and apply a public service perspective

  • Work on the budget
  • Develop a procedure for hiring new employees

Core competency 5:

To communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry

  • Conduct meetings on a project 
  • Present results of a project to a meeting of workforce and or citizenry

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