The Capstone experience can take four forms depending on the (1) student’s background [pre-service, in-service] and (2) his or her projected career path [transitional, non-transitional]. Determination of each student’s Capstone requirements will be based on the following guidelines.
In-Service (3 credits)
In-service students are those who have served in a managerial capacity for a minimum of 2 years or in a supervisory capacity for a minimum of 4 years in a public organization or a private organization with substantial government or non profit interaction. Students seeking In-service designation must demonstrate that they have been responsible for a staff in their managerial/supervisory capacity and all of the functions this requires; or that the level of their work involved a degree of substantial responsibility for the functions of their agency.
There will be two designations for this category.
A. In-service – non transitional - These students meet the requirements detailed above and intend to remain in the same field upon completion of the M.P.A. program. These students are exempt from the internship requirement and can complete a practicum as a 3 credit POLT 908A.
B. In-service – transitional – These students meet the requirements outlined above but are intending to make a transition to another field. These students can opt to take a 3 credit, 300 hour internship in the transitioning field in lieu of the 3 credit practicum and will sign up for POLT 908A.
Pre-Service (6 credits)
The Pre-service designation is for any student who does not meet the In-service standards detailed above. There will be two designations in this area.
A. Pre-service – limited or no experience – These students have limited to no experience in the public sector and will be required to take the 600 hour, 6 credit internship, POLT 908B.
B. Pre-service – experience – These students have worked for a minimum of three years in a full time role in the public sector or a private organization with substantial government or non profit interaction, but have limited experience serving in managerial or supervisory capacities These students will be required to complete a 300-hour internship as well as a modified practicum project designed to complement their internship assignment. This will be taken for 6 credit hours as POLT 908B.