M I C H A E L D U K A K I S P U B L I C S E R V I C E I N T E R N S H I P A W A R D
Governor Michael Dukakis endowed a public service internship at UMass Dartmouth in 1996 to provide students with experience in government service and to encourage them to consider a future career in public service. Dukakis served as Massachusetts governor from 1975-1979 and 1983-1991, the longest serving governor in the state’s history. In 1988 he was the Democratic Party nominee for President of the United States.
The endowment provides for paid internships in government service, primarily at the state and local levels within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The intent of the internships is to rekindle a sense of enthusiasm, optimism and hope and to reach out to talented students to give them the encouragement they need to consider a career in public service. As the Governor has stated, “It is absolutely essential to reach out to our best young people so they can experience public service at the earliest possible age. There is nothing one can do that is more fulfilling or satisfying in a personal sense than being of service to others.”
For 2013-2014, the Dukakis public service intern will receive $5,000 to work for a period of at least three months (at least 330 hours) in a public service setting. In addition, up to six hours of academic credit may be earned through the student’s department.
ELIGIBILITY FOR THE AWARD
1. Any full time undergraduate or graduate UMD student, who will be enrolled at UMass Dartmouth during AY 2013-2014, is eligible to apply for the Dukakis Public Service Internship. Applicants from all majors are encouraged to apply for the award.
2. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 grade point average and completed at least one full-time semester at UMass Dartmouth prior to the application deadline. Applicants may apply at any point in their academic career, but preference will be given to applicants who are further along.
3. Applicants must demonstrate a current interest in public service and the possibility of a career in this area.
4. No individual may receive more than one Dukakis Public Service Internship.
APPLICATIONS FOR THE AWARD - Click Here for the Award Application Form
An applicant must provide:
1. A completed Dukakis Public Service Internship application form. Click here for the form.
2. A typed statement of no more than 500 words to explain the student’s views on leadership and interest in public service.
3. A current resume that includes the applicant’s leadership experiences and extracurricular activities.
4. An official copy of current academic transcript must accompany the application.
5. A letter of recommendation from a faculty sponsor.
Have questions or need additional information? Contact Matt Roy, Assistant Provost & Director of the Center for Civic Engagement.
Completed applications must be returned to the Michael S. Dukakis Public Service Selection Committee, Student Affairs Office, Campus Center (Suite 221) no later than 4:00 pm, Friday, March 8, 2013.
It is anticipated that the recipient of the Dukakis internship will be announced in April 2013.