MC2 Citizen Internship is based largely on the work of Public Achievement (PA), an internationally recognized youth civic organizational model.

The Six Stages include:
  1. Exploration and Discovery
  2. Issue Development
  3. Problem Research
  4. Designing a Project
  5. Implementing the Action Plan
  6. Reflection, Communication, and Celebration

The competencies for the MC2 Citizen Internship program are the core concepts of Public Achievement:

  • Public Work - the work of ordinary citizens, who together, solve public problems and create things of lasting importance in our community, nation, or world.
  • Politics - the everyday processes of negotiating situations involving power relations and making public decisions (i.e. bargaining, making decisions, and thinking strategically).
  • Citizenship - the on-going contribution of citizens to our common world.
  • Democracy - the rule or work of the people.
  • Freedom - a product of collective self-determination. In other words, we are free if we live under the laws, society, or world that we have made for ourselves.
  • Public - there are three related meanings to the concept “public” that are relevant to Public Achievement: as a group of people, a kind of space, and a common interest. Creating a project that is “public” is one of the important steps in the Public Achievement process.
  • Free Spaces - the concepts of public and freedom are combined in the idea of free spaces. Free spaces are places where people can express themselves, honestly disagree, and work together to take action. Public Achievement presents an opportunity for citizens to create their own free spaces for action.
  • Interests - what makes a particular person or group connected to (or interested in) an issue or problem.
  • Diversity - a fact of public life. In the public world, one encounters a variety of different people, ideas, histories, and cultures. To effectively solve public problems, one must learn to listen, appreciate, and work with others who, while different from themselves, are also affected by the same public issues and problems.
  • Power - the ability to influence other people, institutions, or processes.
  • Accountability/Responsibility - being accountable is being answerable to, in PA students are accountable to the group and the public world.