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Internships have been the typical method in which students gain funding to pay for their education at the University of Kansas. In the first semester of study, all students are encouraged to submit their resumes to Professor Kirk McClure, our Internship Advisor. Dr. McClure recruits planning agencies and firms who need interns to work on real-world planning projects and administrative actions. Paid internships are currently paying about $13 per hour without any benefits. Typically, these institutions want the intern to have at least one semester of academic experience in our Department so that a student has some preparation to work. In a few cases, some students have previous skills that these planning institutions can use immediately in their offices. Our Department usually makes the agency/firm contact for students to be interviewed for internships. However, the particular agency and firm makes the final selection decision. If for some reason a student is unable to obtain a paid internship, the Internship Advisor can help you to arrange for a voluntary internship with an agency/firm that meets your professional interests. To inquire about internships, please contact Professor McClure who is in the Faculty section of our website.


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