The SPP Internship Program

One of the requirements of the public policy program is the PBPL 198i internship course. The School of Public Policy (SPP) makes the search for a high-quality internship easier for the best and brightest public policy majors through its competitive SPP Internship Program.

Led by Former Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge, the SPP offers first-rate policy-related internship experiences at 15 partner agencies. Students can apply for placements in the fall, winter, and spring by undergoing an interview process. Students who are selected are expected to work 8 internship hours per week, divided into two four-hour time blocks. They will also take part in the PBPL 198i course that meets weekly.

For more information please visit the School of Public Policy website.


"Interning at the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department has opened my eyes to the world of law enforcement and the policy processes that affect it. During my time at SBCSD, I have been able to explore different parts of the department and meet with deputies, inmates, probation officers, legal counsel, and other professional staff in order to gain a better understanding of the way the department works in relation to AB 109--the realignment of the state prisons. Additionally, the Department gave me the opportunity to do activities I didn't expect to be doing as an intern such as ride alongs, an aviation tour, touring the county jails, and a day at the academy shooting guns and riding on the vehicle training course. I would definitely recommend this internship to anyone that is interested in criminal justice. It has shifted my career goals for the future because I am now aware of the many career opportunities within the Department. This is not your typical internship because each day at the office is very hands-on and interactive."

- Christine Jamoralin

"My experience with the program exceeded my expectations, as it taught me far beyond mediocre office skills. It allowed me to explore career opportunities that I was unaware of and allowed me to network with people in those occupations. Working with Western Municipal Water District helped me see the vast career opportunities I had with my public policy degree. Overall, the internship was quality-based and gave me hands-on experience and an insight into policy that I had not known before. I most definitely recommend the program to students in search of a meaningful internship."

- Sofia Perez