Academic Opportunities

Undergraduate Fellowships and Internships

BSPA students have the opportunity to apply for fellowships and internships. The internships offer real-world experience in public administration. Contact Professor Michael Feller at for assistance in preparing a high-quality application.


Colin Powell Fellowship: this program funds two high-achieving Baruch juniors or seniors to engage in eight-week internships working either for the State Department in Washington or for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York. Eligibility requires a 3.5 GPA or higher, fluency in English and at least one other language, and an interest in foreign policy and international affairs. Applicants must be citizens of the United States and a full-time junior or senior.  Students must be able to obtain and maintain a U.S. Department of State security clearance.  Applications are due in October with notifications made in December.  Link to Colin Powell Fellowship for more information or contact Valeria Hymas, Baruch College’s Fellowships Advisor at

Latino Leadership Initiative: students spend a week at Harvard University in June to enhance their leadership capacity in serving the Latino community. The program features classroom sessions on a range of leadership development topics, including self-awareness and core competencies such as public speaking, decision making and negotiation.  Participants are responsible for creating personal leadership action plans and team based community service projects designed to enrich their local communities and help them utilize their leadership skill sets.  Applicants must have a 3.2 GPA, be a rising college senior at the time of the program, and express a commitment to public service.  Academic credits and expenses are arranged by Baruch College. For information, link to Latino Leadership Initiative. Students should request to be nominated by Melissa Sultana, SPA Director of Academic Partnerships, at

Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship (PPIA), Junior Summer Institute: this program prepares students to pursue graduate education in public policy and public administration.  Students attend a summer session at Princeton University, Carnegie-Mellon University, the University of Michigan, or the University of California at Berkeley.  The focus is on economics, statistics, leadership principles, communications, and public policy. Applicants must have completed their junior year by the start of the program with at least one full semester of coursework remaining before graduation. Students receive six credits for PAF 5000 from Baruch College, full tuition at the participating university, travel expenses, a $1,500 stipend, and university housing with a meal plan.  The application deadline is in November every year with notifications of acceptance made in February.  For information, link to PPIA or contact Professor Joselyn Muhleison,


City Hall Internship: involves a once per week seminar and work in the office of a New York City Council member for 8-10 hours per week for 8 weeks.  Students learn about the legislative process and obtain a unique perspective on community issues. The instructor for the city hall section of PAF 5452 is Professor Stephen DiBrienza, a former member of the New York City Council.

CUNY Washington DC Internship Program: students are offered the opportunity to work in the offices of U.S. Representatives and Senators, congressional committees, federal agencies, and national and international non-governmental organizations.  The program runs from early June to the end of July. Students work full-time at their placements. In addition to their office responsibilities, interns fulfill the academic requirements associated with the program by maintaining a journal of their daily experiences, submitting written reports to their sponsors, attending weekly colloquia which feature prominent members of the Washington D.C. community, writing reaction papers to those colloquia, and producing a final research paper for evaluation by a Baruch faculty member.  CUNY covers all housing costs and provides a $2,000.0 stipend.  Students receive 3 credits for PAF 5452.  A cumulative 3.2 GPA is required to apply.  The deadline for applications is March 1 with notifications of acceptance made in April.  Link to the D.C. Internship Program for more information

Hagedorn Internship: students attend a weekly seminar and work for 10-hours per week in nonprofit organizations, such as the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Asian Americans for Equality, Japan Society, Arab-American Family Support Center, Joyce Theater, Global Kids, or Lenox Hill Neighborhood House. Students must hold an overall GPA of 3.00 to register for PAF 5452. Each intern is awarded $1,500 upon completing the job assignment and presenting a final report at an ending ceremony.  The internship course is offered in the spring and summer semesters. For more information, contact  

New, New York Leaders: Student Intern Program: the New York State Department of Civil Service offers various internships in state government agencies. Students must submit a resume and an application, which includes providing contact information; academic background; occupational, employment and geographic preferences; and activity involvement.  A two to three page writing sample and letter of recommendation are optional. Link to the Student Intern Program for more information.

New York State Legislature Internships: students experience first-hand the law-making process and constituent services. Interns reside in Albany, are assigned to work full-time for legislative offices, contribute to a policy forum, and participate in a mock legislative session.  Students receive a $6,140 stipend and 15 credits for PAF 5001. The Senate and Assembly have separate applications.  The deadline for the Assembly program is mid-October and the deadline for the Senate program is mid-November. Notifications of acceptance for both programs are made in December. Link to the Assembly and Senate for more information.

Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Internship: a curricular program that leads to certification in non-profit management. It includes the completion of PAF 5452 in the fall semester with 300 hours of nonprofit service, participation in leadership activities, and attendance at a national public service conference in January. Sponsored by the national Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, a student is named a Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) upon completion of the program.  The Alliance’s on-campus liaison is Professor Stan Altman, who may be contacted at  Link to the Baruch NLA Annual Report for general information.

White House Internship: this program is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office of the President, and engage them in public service opportunities.  Unpaid internships are available every semester with the deadlines in the prior semester.   BSPA students who complete the internship receive six academic credits for PAF 5000.  Students must submit an application with answers to two essay questions, a one-page resume, and two letters of recommendation.  Link to White House Internship for more information.

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