Master in Public Policy: Apprenticeship

The opportunity to complete the second year of the master's program with an apprenticeship is open to all the School of Public Affairs students under the age of 30 and with a sufficient proficiency in French (B2 level at least), whichever their master’s degree and policy stream is.

In 2020/2021, 130 students have chosen this option for their second year of the Master's program.

Advantages of the School of Public Affairs Apprenticeship Programme

The apprenticeship offers several advantages: 

  • it allows students to acquire solid professional experience and to apply without any delay their theoretical knowledge as well as the professional skills they developed during their studies, while benefiting from the support of a "maître d'apprentissage" (mentor within the host structure) and a "tuteur d'apprentissage" (who creates a link between Sciences Po and the host structure). For students who plan to prepare for the administrative competitive examinations, the experience acquired enables them to have a deep understanding of how the administration system works, its strengths as well as its constraints, which students can put to good use during the competitive examinations.
  • it enables concrete financial benefit: tuition fees are paid by the host structure and the student receives a salary.

Once they have graduated, trainees enter the job market very quickly.

The course of the apprenticeship year

The student spends 3 days in the workplace (Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday) followed by 2 days of classes at Sciences Po (Thursday-Friday), with a total of 35 hours per week, for a full year. The student does not benefit from university breaks, during which he/she is in his/her hosting structure, but the trainee status gives him/her 2.5 days of paid vacations per month (or even more, depending on the collective agreement) and 5 revision days per year.

What courses does the apprentice take every week?

Apprenticeship students benefit from a curriculum which is adapted to their particular program and schedule: 

Autumne semester: 2 policy stream courses + computer and management tools workshops + 1 language course

Spring semester: professional workshops + 2 elective courses + 1 language course. They are also required to write a thesis which they defend at the end of the academic year.

Finding an apprenticeship contract

The student is in charge of his/her apprenticeship search, but has many resources at his/her disposal. Offers are regularly posted on the School of Public Affairs’"Infos Carrières" newsletter, on the Sciences Po Careers website and on dedicated platforms. The job offer does not necessarily have to be related to the student's policy stream, as long as the missions are in line with his or her professional project.

Host structures

The host structures are both public and private: Canal +, Ariane Group, Microsoft, Chanel, Fondation Hermès, Edf, Engie, French Senate, Paris City Hall, French Ministry of Health and Solidarity, French Ministry of Culture, Musée d'Orsay, etc.


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