Funding for Interns

Published: Nov 5, 2021
Contributor: Daniel Mallinson
License: CC BY NC ND 4.0 license – Allows redistribution but no additions or revisions to content. Forbids commercial use.

Unpaid or underpaid internships can create serious practical and equity concerns for our students, especially first generation and low-income students. Internships in public service professions are often unpaid, and those who desire college credit often face a double financial barrier. This chapter discusses a scaffolded approach to internships and draws on survey data to suggest how faculty and institutions can address these needs through one of several innovative departmental models. The roles of both the federal government and APSA in elevating the discussion of internship funding are also explored.

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