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Agency Overview

Join over 200 non-profit and government agencies and elected officials in discovering the value of hosting a Public Service Scholar. By providing a learning opportunity for a Public Service Scholar, your agency receives the following benefits:

  • for nine months, a half-time intern to staff projects important to your agency
  • quality policy and advocacy work
  • a talented and committed worker
  • a chance to influence the development of a new generation of public service leaders
  • a dedicated advocate for your agency's mission, even after the internship ends

How It Works

PSSP selects up to 20 talented students to participate each year. We provide students with a stipend, academic credits, seminars on policy issues and support for the internship.

You provide strong supervision, one or more substantive policy-related projects and a positive learning environment for the Scholar.

Scholars can and should perform a range of work that might include research, analysis, advocacy, organizing, community outreach, and other tasks critical to your agency's policy work. They should not be engaged in direct service to clients.

PSSP is competitive for scholars and agencies alike! Approximately 100 agencies will apply to host one of our 20 scholars.

Interview and Placement Process and Calendar

  • Early April: Newly-admitted scholars review job descriptions
  • Late April: Scholars contact 3-4 agencies to schedule interviews. Agencies schedule interviews promptly and submit placement preference to PSSP*
  • Early June: Scholars and agencies notified of placements
  • September: Placements begin mid-month and run through May

*Agencies may be contacted for interviews by multiple students. Agencies not selected for an interview are invited to re-apply for the next year.

News & Views

Keep up to date with PSSP with our recent newsletters.

**Volume 31 (Summer 2010)

**Volume 30 (Winter 2010)

**Volume 29 (Summer 2009)

**Volume 28 (Winter 2009)

**Volume 27 (Summer 2008)

**Volume 26 (Winter 2008)

**Volume 25 (Summer 2007)

**Volume 24 (Winter 2007)

**Volume 23 (Summer 2006)