Internship and Career Resources
The MUAPP program is dedicated to connecting students with leading organizations that help solve some of the most pressing social and economic challenges in the country. We train our students to become the next generation of leaders and practitioners in the fields of public policy and urban affairs. Upon completing their coursework, students are equipped to work in government roles, the nonprofit sectors, and at a variety of business organizations that require exceptional quantitative, research, and analytical skills.
To build the foundations of their career, our students acquire practical experience putting what they learn to use in real political, economic, and social contexts through a required three-credit internship. Recent internship placements and organizations include:
Career Resources and Job Placement
Graduates of the MUAPP Program are encouraged to to use a variety of job search resources in career planning. In addition to networking with professionals that speak at Practitioner Series events, students develop connections with experts in their focus of study when they work in internships tailored to their interests.
The job placement of several agencies and positions where recent graduates have found employment include:
- City of Chicago, Budget Analyst
- Office of the Cook County Board President, Legislative Coordinator
- New York City Office of Management and Budget, Infrastructure and Transportation Analyst
- City of Houston, Business Development Coordinator
- Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED), Senior Research Associate
- World Relief of Chicago, Bilingual Intake and Administrative Coordinator
- Association to Invest in the USA, Policy Analyst
- Obama for America, Deputy Data Director
- The Ounce of Prevention Fund, Chicago, Policy Associate
- Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
- International City/County Management Association
- City Scope
- Better Government Association
- LISC Chicago
- Heartland Alliance
- Great Lakes Alliance
- Environmental Law and Policy Center
- Latino Policy Forum
- World Business Chicago
- BPI Chicago
- Congress for New Urbanism
Fellowships and Scholarships
Since the MUAPP Program’s inception, it has formed many valuable relationships with organizations and government agencies around Chicago. The MUAPP Internship is required for academic credit after students have completed 18 credits which is usually after two semesters for a full-time student. You should start to actively and independently search for, inquire about, and apply to organizations about 6 months before the semester you would like to do your internship.
The Internship must be completed in the summer after your first year or fall of your 2nd year. You register for MPP 501—Public Policy Internship (3.0 credits) course and consult with the faculty member who is teaching the class for approval of your final placement choice. In addition, students should consult with the faculty member who is supervising the internship class as they plan their initial searches (e.g., cover letter and resume writing). Students currently working in a professional capacity or with substantial prior public policy work experience should consult with the MUAPP Director on the best way to fulfill this requirement.
Students are responsible for finding their own internships. The internship involves at least 150 hours of work during the semester or summer session. Students should be aware that many agencies expect 15 to 20 hours of work per week for an internship. Since the department receives a great deal of information on potential openings throughout the year, the Program Officer will regularly include this information in a weekly Internship and Job Openings email to students.
As a part of the internship requirement, students must attend all of the Practitioner Series speaking engagements in their first year. The MUAPP Program invites public policy practitioners to speak with students about their organizations and the current issues facing them, their own career paths, internship and job prospects, skills and qualities that they look for when hiring. About 5 of these events are held each fall semester. Meetings are for about an hour, typically 5:30—6:30 on Monday or Wednesday evenings. Students are not eligible to do an internship for credit until they have attended at one full-year of these events. Continued attendance is a part of the internship class requirements.
Since the department receives a great deal of information on potential openings throughout the year, the Program Officer will regularly include this information in a weekly Internship and Job Openings e-mail to students.
The MUAPP Program maintains the following library of Local, State, and National job search websites to assist students in finding outstanding opportunities in the career of their choice. As we learn more about job search websites tailored to a specific field, they will be posted here.
The following are several websites that are useful links for job searches.
Chicago-based Job Opportunities
http://www.mayorscaucus.org/pages/Home/Opportunities.html—The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus is a coalition of mayoral organizations in the Chicago that provides job placement information.
http://www.idealist.org/—Idealist lists national and local job and internship postings in the nonprofit sector.
ynpnchicago.org—The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Chicago (YNPN Chicago) is a member-based organization that provides exclusive access to networking opportunities and listings for nonprofit-based jobs.
http://www.iml.org/page.cfm?category=640—The Illinois Municipal League is a job board that publishes opportunities for a wide range of municipal government roles.
http://www.chicagoenvironment.org/—Chicago Environmental Network is a listing of more than 200 environmental and natural resource organizations with job and internship postings.
http://foresightdesign.org/blog/—The Foresight Design Initiative job blog provides a listing of local jobs, internships, and volunteer positions in the public policy, urban, and environmental planning fields.
Illinois-based Job Opportunities
http://www.ejobs.org/states/ilgov.html—Provides listings of municipalities’ human resources websites for cities, villages, and counties across the state of Illinois.
https://www.planning.org/jobs/—American Planning Association lists national job openings by region and state chapters.
http://www.ilapa.org/—IL Chapter of the American Planning Association lists jobs in the government and private planning sectors.
National Job Search websites
http://www.urban.org/about/careers/—The Urban Institute provides current job listings in research and policy-related organization.
http://jobs.councilofnonprofits.org/jobseeker/search/results/—National Council of Nonprofits provides a national job board for its members.
http://www.careersinnonprofits.com/—Careers in Nonprofits is a national job board, which candidates will need to register for free to view opportunities.
http://www.planetizen.com/jobs—Planetizen provides national job listings in the fields of urban and transportation planning.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/jobs/—The Washington Post newspaper advertises job opportunities primarily across sectors for the DC metro area.
http://www.cnu.org/resources/jobs-rfps—Congress for New Urbanism provides a listing of national and local jobs in the urban planning and design sectors.
http://uli.selectleaders.com/candidate/searchjob?type=doSearch—The Urban Land Institute has set up a national job search database primarily in the for-profit real estate sector.
Federal Public-Sector Job Opportunity Websites
http://www.senate.gov/CRSReports/crs-publish.cfm?pid=%26%2A2%3C4Q%2CO%3F%0A—This Congressional Research Services report describes Internet resources on major internship, fellowship, and work experience programs within the federal government. It is intended as a selective guide for students of all levels: high school, undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate. This report will be updated annually.
http://www.legislativecareers.org/—The Legislative Careers site is designed to encourage college students, recent graduates and those looking for a career change to consider legislative service as a career. Colleges and universities will also find it useful in promoting legislative internship programs.
http://www.house.gov/content/jobs/—The US House of Representatives maintains this employment opportunities website.
www.senate.gov/employment—The US Senate maintains this employment opportunities website.
http://www.rcjobs.com/home/index.cfm?site_id=11641—Roll Call is a publication in Washington DC covering events on the Hill, which it includes job listings in the DC area.
Community & Global Stewards Fellowship
Community & global stewards are encouraged to engage social issues and challenges generously and to embrace a scholarship of engagement that connects our intellectual resources to the pressing social, civic, and ethical problems in our communities and the world. Fellowships ($2000–3000) are awarded to outstanding students who have a demonstrated record of academic excellence and community service and who do not hold any other merit funding available from the Graduate School. For more information on the application process and deadlines, see Community and Global Stewards Fellowship.
The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program is a highly selective, rigorous leadership program that recruits outstanding graduate students for a two-year developmental fellowship at various Federal agencies. The Become a PMF section on the PMF website should answer most questions on the application process, assessment process, eligibility, and more!
This annual scholarship awards Latino undergraduate or graduate students attending Loyola University Chicago. Selection is based on academic achievement and service to the community. Go to http://www.luc.edu/finaid/outsideresources_lhss.shtml for due dates, number of awards, and to find more information about the different award amounts.