First-hand public service experience is an integral part of the PSM program. Students must work a total of 400 hours with a federal, state, or local government agency or a non-profit organization. While the program focuses on summer internships, students may also fulfill the internship requirement by working during the semester. Internships are graded on a pass/fail basis and count as three credits. Students must have completed one-semester and three core courses (9 credit hours) before they may start an internship. Students with significant prior work experience may seek a waiver of the internship requirement. Get waiver form here
The Ford Foundation, the Starr Foundation, Josh and Judy Weston, and the Rangel Center provide financial support for student interns. Students receive stipends to cover expenses, and students who complete their internship outside New York City receive housing. PSM and Rangel Center staff help students prepare resumes and cover letters, and provide information designed to help students find internships that will further their career objectives.
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