Internship Instructions

Basic Rules for a Political Science Internship for Credit

To register for Pols 279: Internship in Political Science you must be a Political Science Major or Minor, and have had 4 courses in political science, or the Chair’s permission. In addition, your internship must be approved by the faculty member who will serve as your internship instructor. You may register for 2-12 credits of internship, however, Political Science majors may apply only a maximum of 6 credits of Internship toward the elective section of the major, and Political Science minors may only apply a maximum or 3 credits of Internship toward the elective section of the minor. 

Steps:

__    Identify possible internship(s) that interest you.  You can get help from many sources including Professor Alperin, the Political Science Internship Coordinator, other Political Science faculty members, and the career services office. The department receives some announcements of internships and will forward these to students and/or post them on the department’s internship bulletin board. These announcement, however, represent only a small fraction of all internship possibilities with Political Science relevance.

__    Check to see if the internship(s) you have identified could be considered for political science credit. You can speak with Professor Alperin, who is the department’s internship coordinator, or another political science professor you wish to have serve as your internship instructor.  Generally the faculty member who will serve as your internship instructor will be the person in our department whose area of expertise is related to the internship.

__    Apply for the internship.  The career services office can help you develop a strong resume and cover letter.  Some internships have their own application forms.

__    If you are offered the internship, contact a Political Science faculty member to see if they can serve as your internship instructor for the internship. If they agree, they will give you a permission number for you to use to register for the internship on ESIS.  At this time you will need to discuss with this faculty member or your advisor the issue of credits. Determining the number of credits you should sign up for will be based on a number of different factors: 1) the number of hours the internship sponsor needs you to work, 2) our requirement that you work 45 hours for each semester credit that you earn, and 3) the room there is in your program for internship credits.

__    Fill out the “Internship Goals and Objectives Worksheet” with your intern agency supervisor before the internship begins or during the first week of the internship.  (Turn in one copy of this to the internship instructor, keep one copy for yourself, and give one copy to the intern agency supervisor.)                                                           

Check-list for Completing a Political Science Internship for Credit           

__    Maintain an internship diary of sufficient detail to provide a clear picture of the daily activities, responsibilities, and projects that you are involved with.  

__    Write a summary of the entire internship of approximately 4 double-spaced pages that highlights the projects you were involved in and the value of the experiences.  When possible relate your experiences to aspects of your academic coursework in Political Science.

__    Have your intern agency supervisor fill out the “Final Evaluation Form” evaluating your performance throughout the internship. (The supervisor should send this directly to your internship instructor.)

__    Your internship instructor will determine the grade for your internship based on the diary, summary paper, and intern agency supervisor’s evaluation.



Basic Rules for Completing an Internship for Credit

To register for Pols 279: Internship in Political Science you must be a Political Science Major or Minor, and have had 4 courses in political science, or the Chair's permission. In addition, your internship must be approved by the faculty member who will serve as your internship instructor. You may register for 2-12 credits of internship, however, Political Science majors may apply only a maximum of 6 credits of Internship toward the elective section of the major, and Political Science minors may only apply a maximum or 3 credits of Internship toward the elective section of the minor.     

Steps: 

__    Identify possible internship(s) that interest you.  You can get help from many sources including Professor Alperin, the Political Science Internship Coordinator, other Political Science faculty members, and the career services office. The department receives some announcements of internships and will forward these to students and/or post them on the department's internship bulletin board. These announcement, however, represent only a small fraction of all internship possibilities with Political Science relevance.

__    Check to see if the internship(s) you have identified could be considered for political science credit. You can speak with Professor Alperin, who is the department's internship coordinator, or another political science professor you wish to have serve as your internship instructor.  Generally the faculty member who will serve as your internship instructor will be the person in our department whose area of expertise is related to the internship.

__    Apply for the internship.  The career services office can help you develop a strong resume and cover letter.  Some internships have their own application forms.

__    If you are offered the internship, contact a Political Science faculty member to see if they can serve as your internship instructor for the internship. If they agree, they will give you a permission number for you to use to register for the internship on ESIS.  At this time you will need to discuss with this faculty member or your advisor the issue of credits. Determining the number of credits you should sign up for will be based on a number of different factors: 1) the number of hours the internship sponsor needs you to work, 2) our requirement that you work 45 hours for each semester credit that you earn, and 3) the room there is in your program for internship credits. 

__    Fill out the "Internship Goals and Objectives Worksheet" with your intern agency supervisor before the internship begins or during the first week of the internship.  (Turn in one copy of this to the internship instructor, keep one copy for yourself, and give one copy to the intern agency supervisor.)          

Check-list for Completing an Internship for Credit               

__    Maintain an internship diary of sufficient detail to provide a clear picture of the daily activities, responsibilities, and projects that you are involved with.  

__    Write a summary of the entire internship of approximately 4 double-spaced pages that highlights the projects you were involved in and the value of the experiences.  When possible relate your experiences to aspects of your academic coursework in Political Science.

__    Have your intern agency supervisor fill out the "Final Evaluation Form" evaluating your performance throughout the internship. (The supervisor should send this directly to your internship instructor.)

__    Your internship instructor will determine the grade for your internship based on the diary, summary paper, and intern agency supervisor's evaluation.


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