The Heller School for Social Policy and Management

Heller MPP Internships

Heller is committed to helping students put their newly acquired skills into action.  Heller's MPP internships allow students to practice and refine theirskills, and explore a range of career options. 

Many funded and unfunded internship and targeted-fellowship opportunities are offered for the summer between the first and second year.  These include the prestigious Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Fellowship, which awards summer internships at select national civic organizations, and the Robert ’69 and Laura Sillerman internships in philanthropy. In addition, Heller's Career Development Center and the MPP Program collaborate with a number of leading governmental and policy organizations to assist students in finding the right internship opportunity.

Caroline Swaller, MPP joint with WGSS'17, at the United State of Women Summit, 2016.
Caroline Swaller, MPP/MA WGS'17, at the United State of Women Summit, 2016. Caroline interned at the National Partnership for Women & Families.

MPP Internship Testimonials

Caroline Swaller, MPP/MA WGS'17 (photo above), National Partnership for Women & Families

"As a part of the research team I have spent my summer researching the Racial Wealth Gap and International Paid Leave policies among OECD countries similar to the United States in an effort to determine what needs to shift politically in the US and where does new research need to occur in order for the United States to finally approve paid leave.  I have lobbied on the Hill with our Government Affairs Manager and acted as a handler during the Workplace and Policy Research Conference academic meetings with Hill members. I’ve helped prep for and provided research and data for multiple congressional briefings and I’ve contributed to several fact sheets, literature reviews, and original research happening at the National Partnership." 

Darcy Kennedy, MBA/MPP'17, New Economy Coalition and New Politics

"I learned a lot this summer, about my own personal work styles and preferences and the non-profit sector generally. Both of these organizations are small and intimate, even though there’s a lot of remote work. I was able to further develop skills in fundraising and development, helped execute a conference of nearly 1,000 attendees with a team of 15 people, and learned more about political campaign work. My tasks over the summer allowed me to practice skills I learned in social policy analysis, applied regression analysis, and fundraising and development. I was also able to further practice soft skills I’ve learned through running events and working groups across Heller."

Nicholas Croce, MPP'17, Government Accountability Office (GAO)

"All in all, it has been a great experience to learn a bit about how Congress monitors federal programs. As a citizen, it is reassuring to learn that such an agency exists. And, its results speak for themselves. GAO recommendations saved the government over $74.7 billion in FY2015. The agency’s budget totaled $551 million — a return of $134 on every dollar allocated to GAO. In my opinion, that’s fiscal responsibility at its finest, and we as a nation should continue investing in impactful and measured policy analysis and audits."

Recent MPP Internship Placements

  • The Alliance of Community Health Plans, Washington, D.C.
  • Astraea Foundation, New York, N.Y.
  • Boston Foundation, Boston, Mass.
  • Boston Urban Mechanics Program, Boston, Mass.
  • Dream Act Campaign, Chicago, Ill.
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Boston, Mass.
  • Government Accountability Office, Washington, D.C.
  • Grants Management Association of Boston, Boston, Mass.
  • Institute for Behavioral Health, Waltham, Mass.
  • Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, D.C.
  • Jewish Federations of North America, Jerusalem, Israel
  • MassVotes, Boston, Mass.
  • New Profit, Boston, Mass.
  • New York Needs You, New York, N.Y.
  • Sexuality Information and Education Council of the US (SIECUS), Washington, D.C.
  • Sierra Club, Washington, D.C.
  • Third Sector New England, Boston, Mass.
  • Urban Institute, Washington, D.C.