Master of Arts (M.A.) in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning


The professional internship consists of a minimum of 150 hours of supervised work usually completed during the summer between the two academic years. Most internships are located in a public or nonprofit agency. Students may also elect a research internship where they would work on a university-based project. Although faculty provide assistance and advice, and the Department posts internship listings, students are expected to secure their own internship placements, most of which are paid.

Internship Requirements
Download the Internship Requirements (pdf).

The following five steps are required to complete the internship. Please read the Internship Requirements document for details.
  • Submit an Internship Agreement (pdf).
  • Register for UEP 299 Internship in the same semester (if your internship is in the Fall or Spring) or the semester following your internship (if your internship is in the Summer). This is a non-credit but required course for the M.A. program.
  • Devote at least 150 hours to your internship.
  • Complete the Student Self-Learning Assessment (online survey).
  • Have your supervisor complete the Supervisor Evaluation (online survey).

Examples of Recent Internships:
  • County of Marin (Calif.) Sustainability Team, San Rafael, CA
  • Charles River Watershed Association, Weston, MA
  • Irish Immigration Center, Boston, MA
  • Massachusetts Association of CDCs, Boston, MA
  • Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance, Boston, MA
  • One Family, Inc., Boston, MA
  • The Trust for Public Land (TPL), Boston, MA
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 1, Boston, MA
  • United Way, Boston, MA
  • Department of Public Works, City of Cambridge, MA
  • Ocean River Institute, Cambridge, MA
  • Somerville Community Corp., Somerville, MA
  • Planning and Development Department, Town of Ipswich, MA
  • Waltham Land Trust, Waltham, MA
  • Santa Fe Watershed Association, Santa Fe, NM
  • Project for Public Spaces, New York, NY
  • Clean Water Action, Providence, RI
  • Global Development and Environment Institute, Tufts University
  • EcoSecurities, Rio de Jeneiro, Brazil
  • Ministerio del Ambiente y Energia, Despacho del Viceministro, San Jose, Costa Rica