University of California, Riverside

School of Public Policy

Internship Program

The SPP Internship Program

Under the leadership of Former Riverside Mayor and UCR Professor Ron Loveridge, the UCR School of Public Policy (SPP) has partnered with several local and regional public agencies to provide our public policy students with first-rate internship experiences. The program places a generation of interns that will go on to become tomorrow's leaders in meaningful, policy-oriented academic internships at local and regional policy agencies. 

Undergraduate public policy majors may compete for unpaid internship positions at the SPP's partner agencies for academic credit. Interns are placed in the fall, winter and spring quarters and are required to commit a minimum of eight hours per week for the duration of the quarter (10 weeks).

The SPP Internship Program is also open to MPP students.

Undergraduate Internship Fall 2017 Program Guidelines & Application Form

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Internship Partners:

  • Alvord Unified School District
  • Diamond Eye Optometry
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Disneyland
  • Dollars for Scholars
  • City of Corona
  • Eastern Municipal Water District
  • City of Desert Hot Springs
  • Jio Health
  • City of Fontana
  • March Air Force Base
  • City of Moreno Valley
  • Office of Assemblymember Jose Medina
  • City of Ontario
  • Office of Congressman Mark Takano
  • City of Perris
  • Riverside County Transportation Commission
  • City of Rancho Cucamonga
  • Riverside Transit Agency
  • City of Riverside
  • Rosen and Rosen Law Firm
  • County of Riverside EDA
  • San Bernardino Council of Governments
  • County of Riverside Assistant CAO Office
  • Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority
  • County of Riverside Executive Office
  • South Coast Air Quality Management District
  • County of Riverside Health Department
  • UCR Child Development Center
  • County of Riverside Public Health Department
  • UCR Education Abroad
  • County of Riverside Sheriff's Office
  • UCR School of Medicine
  • County of San Bernardino Behavioral Health
  • Western Municipal Water District
  • County of San Bernardino Sheriff's Office
  • Western Riverside Council of Governments
  • Testimonials:

    From Nitin Yenigalla, Spring 2015 Intern at the City of Riverside:

    Nitin Yenigalla"Interning in the City of Riverside’s Office of Economic Development was bar none, one of the most rewarding experiences of my academic journey at UCR. I had the privilege to work with a handful of thought leaders at Riverside OED that are continuously identifying ways to fuel growth and catalyze innovation for the local economy.

    My unique interest in public policy, business and economics was well aligned for this internship, as it provided me with an opportunity to roll up my sleeves on projects of interest to me, but more importantly, it consistently challenged me to learn and think critically in the economic development arena. The opportunity to be a part of this program and intern at Riverside OED equipped me with unique vantage points, knowledge and skill-sets that will be beneficial for my future endeavors. I highly recommend the program to students in search of an internship that is both professionally and academically enriching."

    From Cynthia Mejia, Winter 2015 Intern at the City of Ontario:

    Cynthia Mejia"One of the most important components of finding one’s interest within a given field is by experiencing what it has to offer first-hand. Given that public policy itself can be broadly defined, it can be difficult for students to truly understand the various career paths available in Public Policy.

    Prior to interning at the City Manager’s office in the City of Ontario, I myself knew very little about what actually goes on within the confines of a city hall. Most textbooks emphasize the importance of federal and state governments, while briefly mentioning local and regional agencies. Throughout the course of my internship, however, I learned that not only do local governments play a crucial role in the policy implementation process, but it is where elected officials and city staff impact their communities the most: by working closely with local businesses and community members to ensure that the city itself is working towards a common goal.

    This internship program equipped me with valuable tips for excelling in the workplace and provided me with the opportunity to experience public policy first-hand. Thus, I encourage any student interested in learning more about public policy as a discipline to pursue valuable internship experience like what this program has to offer!"

    From Andrew Haddad, Fall 2014 Intern at San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office:

    Andrew Haddad“During my senior year, I had the distinct opportunity to intern at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, which opened my eyes to the organization’s health services unit. I learned that the SBCSD has a medical staff better than any other in the country. My experience was filled with hands-on work, shadowing professionals such as family doctors, psychiatrists, and even those in the classification unit. While interning at the SBCSD, I compared medical care received by those non-incarcerated versus those incarcerated. In addition to the intensive research, the SBCSD also offered exhilarating opportunities such as visits to San Bernardino County jails, interviews with key figures in the department, ride-alongs, and a helicopter ride. This internship set itself apart from any other I could have ever imagined."

    From Sofia Perez, Spring 2014 Intern at Western Municipal Water District:

    Sofia Perez"My experience with the program exceeded my expectations, as it taught me far beyond mediocre office skills. It allowed me to explore career opportunities that I was unaware of and allowed me to network with people in those occupations. Working with Western Municipal Water District helped me see the vast career opportunities I had with my public policy degree. Overall, the internship was quality-based and gave me hands-on experience and an insight into policy that I had not known before. I most definitely recommend the program to students in search of a meaningful internship."

    More Information 

    General Campus Information

    University of California, Riverside
    900 University Ave.
    Riverside, CA 92521
    Tel: (951) 827-1012

    Contact Information

    School of Public Policy
    Anil B. Deolalikar
    Founding Dean
    Professor of Economics

    Student Affairs
    Tel: (951) 827-2334

    Dean’s Office
    4133 CHASS Interdisciplinary South
    Tel: (951) 827-5564

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