Experiential learning is a key component of the MPA program. Students regularly complete challenging internships around the globe, working for a wide variety of nonprofit and government agencies. Because many of the most challenging and rewarding internships in the field are unpaid, CIPA offers a competitive grant program to assist with expenses. In addition, CIPA offers off-campus program options that include both coursework and internship opportunities. These include: CIPA Washington Externship Semester, Cornell in Rome, the Cornell-Nepal Study Program, and the CIPA SVYM Mysore, India Externship.
Another option is to work with the CIPA Public Service Exchange. This program represents a unique service-learning partnership with nonprofit and government agencies located primarily in the surrounding area. Fellows in the Exchange conduct directed field experience for a local client during an academic semester at Cornell.