The Department of Political Science encourages its students to serve as an intern during their junior or senior years. Internships are available at the local, state, federal, and international level and in every branch of government—executive, legislative, and judicial. Internships are also available with candidates running for political office, political parties, interest groups (including nonprofit and lobbying organizations), law firms, and private companies engaged in governmental relations and issue research.
Students may receive three credits of POS 4940 (Political Internship). All Internships are graded pass/fail (S/U). Students can apply no more than three hours of POS 4940 towards their major.
Students are expected to work at their internship 150 hours during the semester.
In addition to their intern duties, students are required to keep a weekly log and write a 10-12 page research paper that blends the relevant academic literature with insights gained from a student’s internship. The paper may be on a topic of the student’s choosing, but it must be related to the internship and it must be pre-approved by Dr. Smith, Political Science Internship Coordinator. The weekly journal and paper are due at the end of the semester, and are to be submitted to TurnItIn.com.
Students are responsible for arranging their own internships, but the internship coordinator and other members of the faculty can recommend any number of intern possibilities. Given the competitive nature of some internships, students are advised to make contact several months prior to the semester during which they would serve the internship.
It is possible for students to enroll for credit for an internship after a semester has begun, but the student will be responsible for any late fees charged by the Registrar.
Once students have secured an internship, they must fill out a short application to be enrolled and to receive academic credit. Applications can be obtained in the Department of Political Science, 234 Anderson Hall, or may be printed off this website. Click HERE to obtain an application on-line.
For further information about intern possibilities, please contact Dr. Daniel Smith, Political Science Internship Coordinator, Department of Political Science.