To encourage students to do internships in the fields of international affairs, international development, or any of the specializations listed under the Humphrey Institute's global public policy concentration (ask for list from Sherry Gray) in the United States or abroad.
The sponsoring organization is involved in international affairs, broadly defined, or project is based overseas.
The Stassen Chair will award grants for the summer of 2010. Awards typically range between $1000 and $2000 based upon need and the quality of the proposal. Students are encouraged to approach the sponsoring organization for matching funds; the Humphrey Institute Career Services Office will assist as requested. Please contact Martha Krohn (email@example.com), Internship Coordinator, if you need assistance.
Any student currently enrolled in good standing in the masters program in planning or public policy (MPP or MURP) at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs is eligible to apply. Students who have already fulfilled the internship requirement, waived that requirement, or students in the MS or MPA programs are not eligible for subsidy funds (those degrees do not require internships).
Applications are due by Monday, March 22, 2010. Awards will be announced on or before Wednesday, March 31, 2010. Please provide the following information:
1) A one paragraph summary of proposed internship project (include a summary of your anticipated project expenses).
2) A two page description of your internship project
Please describe what you want to do, the expected outcome or product of this work, what background you bring to this work, why you have chosen this particular organization, and what this experience will add to your professional development.
3) A project expense statement and budget
Please attach a one page budget for your project that provides the following financial information: any compensation you will receive from the organization, any other income you have for the summer relevant to this project, and the major summer costs you will incur (for example, travel expenses, housing, food or research-related expenses). Please contact Matt Holm, graduate student assistant in the Global Policy Area, for samples of how to do a project budget.
4) A signed internship agreement form (available: www.hhh.umn.edu/career)
This should describe the resources that the organization will commit to the project as well as the person who will be your primary contact and a brief explanation of the ways in which the organization intends to make use of your work and what you hope to learn from the experience.
5) A copy of your graduate academic transcript. A copy "released to student" is fine.
Within a month of returning to campus on completion of the internship, the grant-winner will submit a two page report to the global policy area coordinator, Sherry Gray. The report will 1) describe the activities undertaken, 2) give an assessment of the value of the experience for the student's HHH program and future plans as well as for the organization and/or people served, and 3) make a brief accounting of how the grant funds were spent.
Please note: if your project involves travel to a country on the U.S. State Department's Travel Warning List (http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html), University policy requires you to seek special permission. You must apply to the Education Abroad Suspension Committee (EASC), which reviews requests to travel to these countries. You should apply as soon as possible, as the committee review process commonly takes 6 to 8 weeks. The Humphrey Institute cannot release your funds until you have received approval from the EASC.
Information on the review process can be found on the Office of International Programs website:
In addition, if your project includes research involving human subjects, you must apply to the University's Institutional Review Board for approval before commencing your work. This process can also take several weeks to complete, so you if your project needs approval you should start your application now. The Humphrey Institute will need notification of your IRB approval status in order to release your funds. Information on the IRB application process is found at: http://cflegacy.research.umn.edu/irb/applying/
Please submit your application by email to Sherry Gray (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Monday, March 22, 2010.