Master of science students in the Education Data Science (EDS) program and the Learning Design and Technology (LDT) program, and Master of arts students in the Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies (POLS) program complete required experiential learning as an integral part of their program. Students in our joint master’s programs–MA/MBA, MA/MPP, and MA/JD–may integrate experiential learning and internships in keeping with their academic interests and professional goals.
|Education Data Science (MS)||Internship||3-10 hours/week*||One quarter|
|Learning Design and Technology (MS)||Internship||3-10 hours/week||Two quarters|
|Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies (MA)||Field Project||150 hours total||Two quarters (winter & spring)|
*may work up to 40 hours/week during the summer quarter
|Joint MA/MBA in education and business||duration and format varies|
|Joint MA/MPP in education and public policy||duration and format varies|
|Joint MA/JD in education and law||duration and format varies|
Students find experiential learning opportunities through the EdCareers portal, through other job posting sites, and through direct contact with employers. In some cases program directors help students connect with experiential learning hosts.
Ideal experiential learning helps the student build professional skills while applying classroom concepts to projects that are “mission critical” to the host organization. EdCareers recommends no more than 10 hours per week, with student and manager meeting regularly. Experiential Learning can be paid and/or for academic credit.
For more information on what defines an internship, please visit the NACE internship position statement.
International students face some extra requirements for holding internships in the U.S. The Curricular Practical Training (CPT) authorization applies to students in programs with a required internship. Optional Practical Training (OPT) is an off-campus employment benefit for employment in the major field of study. To learn more about CPT and OPT, visit the Bechtel International Center website.
* For MA/MBA students, please consult with MA/MBA director Geoff Cox (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in pursuing an internship for academic credit
If have questions about internships, please contact us at email@example.com.
Hiring a GSE master’s student intern is a great way to gain knowledgeable contributions to your projects, bring new perspectives to your work, and support the development of emerging professionals in your field. It’s also a great way to cultivate a future recruitment pipeline for excellent, well-prepared talent.
Students negotiate the details of the position with their manager and submit an online internship agreement, which the manager signs.
Near the end of the quarter the student completes a self-evaluation survey, and the manager provides feedback on the student’s performance.
|Quarter||Quarter starts||Internship agreement due||Quarter ends|
|Summer 2022||June 20||July 8||August 11|
|Fall 2022||September 26||October 14||December 8|
|Winter 2023||January 9||January 27||March 17|
|Spring 2023||April 3||April 21||June 9|
|Summer 2023||June 26||July 14||August 18|
|Fall 2023||September 25||October 6||December 15|
|Winter 2023||January 8||January 19||March 22|
|Spring 2024||April 1||April 12||June 12|
|Summer 2024||June 24||July 5||August 17|