Through the Leadership and Public Service (LAPS) Program, students can intern at the offices of elected officials, as well as non-profit organizations in the Pioneer Valley that are working on policy at state and national levels on issues such as media reform, government transparency, and social and economic justice for women and families. Students will engage in substantive positions including research, writing, communications, and constituent services. All student interns will be required to attend three workshops at the Weissman Center throughout the semester devoted to professional etiquette, mid-term meeting, and participating in a performance review. Students will be asked to maintain a personal leadership journal throughout their internship experience, and will be required to work with the sponsoring organization in delineating a learning agreement and a specific work plan for their internship.

Fall 2015 LAPS internships have been confirmed with the Free Press, National Priorities Project, Senator Elizabeth Warren's Springfield office, Congressman Richard Neal's office, and MotherWoman. Information on Fall 2016 internships will be available at a later date.