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  Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy 2022-2024 Public Policy Program Field Experiences and Independent Study  

Field Experiences and Independent Study
Students in the M.P.P. program are required to fulfill 300 hours of work in a public policy position, as part of the Applied Field Experience (34:833:673) course. These internships typically take place during the summer between the first and second years in the program but also may take place during the fall and spring semesters, in conjunction with coursework. Students who are completing the M.P.P. degree while working full time in a policy or public affairs position may obtain permission from the program director to use their current employment to fulfill the 300 hour requirement. Students register for the Applied Field Experience course credits during the fall or spring semester of their second year in the M.P.P. program.

With the permission of the program director, students may take 34:833:671 Internship in Public Policy for credit toward either the master of public affairs and politics (M.P.A.P.) or, in very limited cases, the master of public policy (M.P.P.) degree. Students taking the internship usually work for eight-to-10 hours per week in a policy or public affairs position, and a faculty member supervises a writing project that integrates their work experience with an academic perspective.

Exceptionally motivated students may engage in a Directed Study in Public Policy (34:833:670), through which they can pursue their own research interests. Such students must make arrangements for supervision by a member of the faculty and for permission by the program director.

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