Policy Analysis Internships
Internship opportunities should involve one or more of the following activities:
- Policy Analysis/Evaluation: Exposure to public or private policies; policy evaluation and recommendations; policy processes
- Policy Development/Implementation: Exposure to the development and implementation of new policies either in a private, public, or nonprofit organization
- Legal Issues: Legislative outreach and development and regulatory reform as it relates to policy
- Accountability and Evaluation: Organizational effectiveness; program design and evaluation; measuring and assessing performance; benefit cost analysis; code of ethics; transparency and accountability initiatives as they related to policy
- Research: Systematic inquiries designed to support the above activities
Internships should also provide students the opportunity to:
Gain a better understanding of:
- the effect of policy on the inner workings of government as well as private organizations
- how policies are created, implemented, and changed
- the connections between all sectors and the effects that policy changes in one area have on another
Learn networking skills and develop an understanding of the organizational landscape of private or public organizations.
Learn political and conceptual skills that will help them link their day-to-day internship activities to the larger picture of government and democratic governance systems as they relate to the private sector.