As a courtesy, Public Policy Administration at UM-St. Louis posts opportunities for those interested in internships in public policy, administration, or the nonprofit sector. Please refer to the listings for job details, and application information.

Development Internship

Internship Title: Development Internship
Full or Part Time & Time Frame: Part Time; Winter/Spring 2018
Reports to/Supervisor Title: Development Associate

COCA is looking for a motivated intern interested in assisting our Development Team in all areas of fundraising, including: grant writing, donor cultivation, donor research, database management, and event planning.
The Development Intern will gain professional experience working for the 4th largest community arts organization in the United States, focusing on all functions of a  development department for a not-for-profit organization, including: grant writing, donor recognition, donor solicitation, and planning and executing fundraising events.  Various responsibilities may include: sponsorship solicitation and management, database management, the creation of invitation packages and event marketing materials, registration tracking, grant writing activities, budget management, management of fundraising auctions and other duties as needed.

Applicants must have exceptional interpersonal, writing and organizational skills and must possess an exemplary attention to detail.  Excellent computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Word, are a must. Graphic design and/or photography skills are a plus.

This internship is a minimum of 10 hours a week, Monday – Friday, some weekend or evening hours may be required.  The internship lasts approximately 12 weeks – a specific start date can be flexible based on applicant’s schedule.  This is a non-paid position.

Application Instructions:

Interested applicants should email a resume and cover letter directly to with the position title in the subject line of the email.

Posted 9/7/17

Mary Ellen Gibson Fellowship in Anti-Hunger Policy
Operation Food Search

Operation Food Search is seeking a graduate-level fellow with a strong interest in public policy and advocacy.  This position will report to and work closely with the Director of Advocacy & Research on the implementation of a state-level policy agenda focused on ending child hunger and improving family food security in the St. Louis region and state of Missouri. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Overseeing communication with our grassroots advocacy network
  • Monitoring legislation and making recommendations for engagement strategies
  • Developing issue expertise through research
  • Crafting written and verbal testimony
  • Facilitating volunteer engagement
  • Planning a statewide anti-hunger policy forum
  • Representing OFS through participation in external workgroups


  • Current enrollment in a graduate program of study
  • Strong interest in the issue of food insecurity, particularly as it impacts children and families
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
  • Previous experience with advocacy, either personal or professional
  • Willingness to travel and work evening and weekend hours
  • Expertise utilizing social media platforms

Training & Experience:

Fellows will be provided with professional development and networking opportunities throughout the year.  Training includes fieldwork with experienced public policy professionals as well as classroom training on hunger, racial equity and trauma-informed care.  Fellows will have the opportunity to attend the national anti-hunger policy conference in Washington D.C.  Throughout the year, fellows will gain valuable skills and hands-on experience.


Fellows will receive a stipend of $2,500 per semester.  Due to the nature of the work, fellows must agree to a two-semester commitment (September – May).  Fellows are expected to work 20 hours per week when school is in session. 

How to Apply:

Send a cover letter, your resume and a writing sample to Trina Ragain, Director of Advocacy & Research at

Posted 8/22/17

Dutchtown South Community Corporation

The Dutchtown South Community Corporation is looking for an intern. Potential projects include:
By-laws revision: Assist with updating bylaws in final stage of udpates with local legal clinic
Fiscal Policies and Procedures: Review and recommend revisions for outdated policies and procedures
Board Governance and Committees: Support "action plan" implementation for board training, recently devised with the Community Builders Network of St. Louis
Files management and retention: Update procedures for staying current with local, state, and federal requirements.

Founded in 1973, DSCC acts on our mission in two broad focus areas: community empowerment and housing stabilization—mobilizing residents and stakeholders to plan smart, innovative solutions to community-level challenges and create vibrant living environments for all residents in southeast St. Louis.

Comprising nearly 10% of St. Louis City’s population, our four service area neighborhoods boast one of the highest diversity indices in the region.  Our service area is just over 28,000 residents in Dutchtown, Gravois Park, Marine Villa and Mt. Pleasant. Additionally, in DSCC’s service area an average of 35% of households live below the poverty line, a rate higher than that of the City and more than double the Missouri rate. An average of 60-70% of our service area lives in low-to-moderate

For more information, contact Amanda Colon-Smith, Executive Director at 314-352-4865,

Posted 8/15/17

Practicum Student 5ByAge5 Initiative
Beyond Housing

Semester Available: Fall and/or Spring
Student Level: Foundation or Concentration

Organizational Overview: Beyond Housing exists because home matters. We begin with actual houses and housing preservation, focusing on quality and stability to give people a place to start. But there is more to a home than the house - home is about the life that happens in and around the house, as well as the life that fuels and draws out the best of the people within it. That life, in turn, is shaped by the community, its influences, its structures, and the people and dynamics that define it. Beyond Housing helps entire communities become better places to live. We engage where we’re needed, focusing on building consensus among leaders, providing and preserving housing, fostering community structures that shape lives, and guiding systems that make people’s lives better. We lead with vision for what a community can be - every community is different, but thriving communities tend to share the same basic set of positive traits regarding housing, safety, education, health, infrastructure, and access to basic human services.

We bring together leaders and resources, volunteers and citizens, and pursue a wide assortment of creative approaches to build stronger, healthier communities for life. Finally, we are community builders, not kingdom builders. “It’s their neighborhood, future, & dreams.” Our objective is to help build, and contribute the good things we do for the sake of adding value to the lives of the people we’re honored to serve.

Beyond Housing’s 24:1 Initiative, which stands for 24 communities with one vision: strong communities, engaged families and successful children, is an innovative, place-based community development initiative created to help solve the serious challenges facing residents and communities within the geographic boundaries of Normandy Schools Collaborative (NSC) in a complete and targeted way. This initiative is inspired by 10 years of successful work by Beyond Housing and its partners providing support and improvements in the City of Pagedale.

Practicum Description: The primary role of the Policy/Advocacy Practicum Student is to support and build capacity for Beyond Housing’s policy and advocacy work. Beyond Housing currently works on a state, local and federal level to advocate for education equity, quality and accessible early learning, health equity, financial wellbeing, affordable housing, and good governance. The student will report to the Manager of Public Policy and Special Projects.


  • Support Missouri voter identification law education and outreach efforts
  • Support local voter registration efforts
  • Assist in supporting Advocacy Council, to include preparing materials and helping staff monthly meetings
  • Assist in coordinating trainings for Advocacy Council members
  • Research and analyze public policy and develop policy briefs and communication materials
  • Research and track progress of filed legislation and help prepare legislative update reports
  • Participate in relevant policy and advocacy related meetings and conference calls
  • Support legislator cultivation efforts, to include assisting setting up site visits, participating in meetings in St. Louis and Jefferson City, and supporting annual legislator cultivation event
  • Assist Manager of Public Policy and Special Projects with building and maintaining relationships with policy partners
  • Other related duties as assigned

Practicum Details:                                                    

  • Domestic Social and Economic Development Concentration and/or Policy Specialization preferred, though other concentrations and specializations are welcome to apply
  • Laptop required
  • Reliable transportation preferred
  • Flexible scheduling available


  • Evidence of leadership
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work with individuals from a broad range of backgrounds
  • Ability to self-direct and multi-task

 Office Location: 6506 Wright Way, Pine Lawn, MO 63121

Application Instructions: Please send a resume and cover letter to Lawrence Miskel,

Posted 8/14/17

Part-time intern
Missouri House of Representatives - for Representative Curtis

We are pleased to announce two openings for staffing interns for Representative Curtis’ office this fall. As a staffing intern you will be an integral part in aiding the office with daily operations in preparation for the next congressional session. The internship will give students the opportunity to have hands on, real world engagement with various parts of the legislative process. Students will have the opportunity to meet various other interns and members of the House of Representatives that will expand their network.This position is located in Jefferson City, Mo.

For more information, including to receive the application, contact .

Posted 8/14/17

Public Policy Intern
Campaign for Mark Mantovani, Democrat for County Executive


Do you want firsthand experience working on a high profile political campaign? Do you want to apply what you are learning in a local election? But do you need flexibility and the ability to work remotely? This may be your opportunity. We are currently looking for motivated, energetic, politically engaged students to join our policy research team from August 2017 to October 2017. Your role will be to work with the candidate’s campaign team to develop a public policy platform for the 2018 Election.


  • Assist with preparation, analysis, and presentation of various policy projects
  • Conduct research related a variety of public policy issues in St. Louis Region
  • Assist with the development of info-graphics and various presentations
  • Provide support to the department as needed


  • Qualified candidates will have completed their freshman year of college. We also welcome applications from college graduates or students continuing their education into graduate school
  • Pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Public Policy, Political Science, Social Work, Law or related field
  • Strong research, writing and communication skills
  • Experience with all Microsoft Office programs (especially Excel, Word, and PowerPoint)
  • Ability to work in dynamic work environment


Interested candidates are asked to send resume and a short statement of interests to If you have additional questions, please contact Harlan Hodge at 314-479-9350.  

This is an unpaid internship opportunity.

Posted 8/14/17

Community and Economic Development Intern
Lemay Development Corporation (LDC)


Lemay Development Corporation (LDC) is the economic development organization for Lemay. As a not-for-profit entity, LDC strives to enhance the economic environment and quality of life for all who live and work within the Lemay Community. The LDC works with businesses, residents, developers, community partners, and government officials and agencies to further its mission of preserving and advancing the Lemay Community by acting as the primary catalyst in the implementation of community and economic development initiatives. There is a stipend for this internship along with the possibility of a future part time position. Work schedule will be flexible based on qualified applicant’s schedule. Be prepared to work in a fast-paced team environment that will offer experience in various aspects of economic development.  


-Undergraduate or Master’s student seeking a degree in public administration, planning, commercial real estate, community development, or a related field or a recent graduate of one of these fields

-Knowledge of current computer software including Microsoft Office (required) and an understanding of ArcGIS


-Assist the Executive Director with publications, events, reports, and website updates

-Research grant opportunities consistent with the organization’s mission and assist with grant preparation


-Self-direction and organization

-Broad understanding of planning, implementation, and management

-Oral and written communication skills

-Ability to work on a variety of projects at once

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to Donna Baringer at

The University of Missouri-St. Louis Public Policy Administration posts these internship opportunities as a service. We make no particular recommendations regarding internship organizations or locations. We make no representations or guarantees about positions posted. Public Policy Administration is not responsible for safety, wages, working conditions or other aspects of internships. It is your responsibility to investigate these opportunities. If you are enrolled in a Public Policy Administration program at UM-St. Louis, and you plan to apply for an internship and receive university credit for it, please contact the PPA internship coordinator, Prof. Terry Jones, at