Above: Graduate student Kendra Penland Turner, an intern in the Asheville City Manager's Office, shares a laugh with Jeff Richardson, Asheville's assistant city manager (2006).
The internship experience is an important component of the MPA Program. All students without public sector work experience are required to perform an internship, write an internship report, and receive positive feedback from the internship sponsor. An internship is not required for in-service students.
Our program has been successful in placing students into rewarding internships the in the government, nonprofit, and sometimes private sectors. In our program's history, students have been placed in federal, state, and local opportunities. Our faculty, program alumni, and career center are pleased to work with students to find an opportunity that will advance their career goals.
Internships vary from year to year based on student interest. In the past two years, most of our students have chosen to intern with local county, city, or regional governments. Others have chosen to serve in local or regional nonprofits. Examples of internships in the past 2 years include:
- United States Federal Probation Office (Asheville, NC)
- Southwestern Regional Commission (Sylva, NC)
- Land of Sky Regional Council (Asheville, NC)
- Manna Foodbank (Asheville, NC)
- Asheville-Buncombe Community Relations Council (Asheville, NC)
- Town of Franklin
- North Carolina Department of Planning
- Jackson County, NC
- Asheville-Buncombe Homeless Initiative
- City of Asheville
- North Carolina Budgeting and Finance Office
- Buncombe County (Asheville, NC)
- Coulter Faculty Center at Western Carolina University (Cullowhee, NC)
- Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, Western Carolina University (Cullowhee, NC)
- Ridgetop Associates (Linville Falls, NC)
See current internship opportunities as well as the latest job postings here.