Application Information

    The Mann Child Policy Externship gave me the unique experience of being exposed to real-life community policy issues and researching possible solutions. I was able to complete numerous research projects, attend various collaborative meetings, and find the line of work for my future career: seeing how policy contributes to the healthcare community! 

    — Chloe Jen, Spring 2020 Extern

    Application Details:

    To apply for a Mann Child externship, students should submit the online application form or download the application. Requirements include: 

    • A completed application and a two- to three-page page essay.
    • A current résumé.
    • One letter of recommendation from a faculty member.

    Your 2-3 page essay should answer the following questions:

    • Why are you interested in doing a Mann Child Policy Externship?
    • What are your future goals and how will an externship benefit those goals?
    • What skills, knowledge and experience do you hope to gain from an externship?
    • What skills, knowledge and experiences do you have that would make you a good candidate and asset to a child policy organization?
    • What related courses have you taken that will benefit you in an externship?  [Include courses that focused on children, research methods or statistics, and/or public policy.]
    • What have you learned in those courses that will benefit a child policy organization and help you succeed as a child policy extern?
    • What do you think are the 2-3 most important policy issues impacting children today and why?
    • In which areas of child policy or child-related issues would you most like to work?

      Application Deadlines (unless posted otherwise):

      • November 1 for a Spring externship.
      • March 30 for a Summer or Fall externship.

      Note: Priority will be given to applications received by the deadline, but applications received after these dates may still be considered.

      Selection Criteria:

      • Junior or senior status preferred, but qualified sophomores will be considered.
      • Completion of at least two social science classes preferably with a child or family focus.
      • 3.2 overall GPA with a 3.4 GPA in major.
      • Students who have successfully completed CHST 301, or who concurrently enroll in CHST 301, will be given first priority.
      • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Students who submit their application by the March 1 (for summer or fall semesters) and November 1 (for spring semester) deadlines will be given first priority.