Master of Public Policy (MPP)

MPP Internships

Heller is one of the few MPP programs that provides matching funding for summer internships, as well as offering several fully-funded internship opportunities. During the summer between your first and second year, you’ll put your emerging skills to work through an internship that increases your policy experience and allows you to explore a range of career options within the social policy space — from roles within research organizations, to nonprofit organizations, to municipal, state or federal government agencies. These internships empower students to apply the research methods and abstract concepts they learn in the classroom to a workplace setting — where they can lead to meaningful change. 

MPP Internship Testimonials

Bishar Jenkins, MPP'20

"For the past eight weeks, I have had the wonderful privilege of interning at AIDS United in Washington, DC. I support their Programs team on their efforts to make their grantmaking initiatives responsive to racial, gender and broader social justice inequities in the HIV epidemic. I have also had the opportunity to attend a convening for HIV service providers to discuss shared practices on evidence-based interventions for HIV. The most rewarding experience thus far has been joining our policy team for their advocacy day on Capitol Hill. I accompanied two leading HIV advocates from Alabama in meetings with congressional staffers on HIV/AIDS and syringe service access issues."

Ashley White, MPP'20, and Leah Shafer, MPP'20 


Both Ashley White and Leah Shafer are fellows with the Eli J. and Phyllis N. Segal Citizen Leadership Program, which funded their summer internships at the Economic Mobility Lab at the Mayor's Office in Boston in summer 2019. 

Shafer says: "My main job there was work on a youth summer jobs program that gives BPS students a well-paying internship in expanding, lucrative fields. I designed an evaluation for the program, surveying the students and interviewing the adults who made it happen. I also worked on planning professional development for the students, drawing on skills I'd learned at Heller for the past year. The internship sparked my interest in local government -- looking ahead, I'd love to stay involved in creating policies and programs that work on a city-wide level."

Francis Hwang, MPP'20

"I interned at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in Beijing, China. AIIB is a multilateral development bank that focuses on investing in sustainable infrastructure and its membership recently reached 100 countries, only second to that of The World Bank, a significant feat considering the Bank is only 3.5 years old.

Within the Strategy & Policy team, I have been leading the research into how AIIB can integrate disability inclusive dimensions into its investments, recognizing the importance of this in developing sustainable infrastructure for economic and social development. This is to ensure that persons with disabilities can also be beneficiaries from the projects that the Bank invests in. I have drafted policy statements, created operational guidelines and manuals, and performed workshops across the AIIB departments to communicate and provide training into incorporating disability inclusive dimensions into investment strategies, policies, programs and projects.

Out of work, I have been able to immerse myself in the rich history and culture of China (including the Great Wall!). Beijing is a fascinating city in transition as it undergoes rapid development and aims to maintain its traditions and roots. I have been making the most of the amazing cuisine here and have been loving the hospitality of the Chinese."

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.