Politics and Government majors earn academic credit for approved internships. To qualify for credit, an internship must be related in some meaningful way to politics, government, public service, or other facets of civic life and students MUST be registered PRIOR to starting the internship--within the first week of the semester at the latest. Credit will NOT be given for past internships (students must take the internship course concurrently with the internship).
All paralegal or law-related interns apply to Professor Tom McClure and all campaign, nonprofit, political, or administrative-related interns apply to Professor Nancy Lind.
A minimum cumulative gradepoint average of 2.0 is required. Waivers may be given in exceptional circumstances.
Internships are offered to eligible students for academic credit. Each credit hour requires 45 hours of internship. Students must also fulfill additional course requirements as detailed in the syllabus. (The course syllabus will be made available to students with approved internships.) Students will be given a letter grade (A-F) based on hours fulfilled, timely submission of work logs, mid-term and final supervisor evaluations, and final projects.
Duties vary according to internship. You will negotiate your internship duties with your supervisor.
Most internships do not offer monetary compensation. Occasionally an internship offers a stipend or hourly wage. You will need to take this into consideration when applying for internships.
A guidebook to public service careers. This guidebook is for every step of the way - from first going to college, to beginning a career in public service, to holding a steady job and being interested in what other options there are. Inside the guidebook you will find information such as: