Internships in Political Science

Internships give students opportunities to strengthen and diversify their academic preparation by working in complementary professional environments.

Students benefit from internships in numerous ways, the most important of which is gaining firsthand experience about how their academic preparation relates to actual work settings. Through internships, students may discover new areas of interest, and can gain insights about subject matter in which they wish to advance their academic study. Some internships may qualify students for academic credit applicable toward the bachelor's degree.

An internship may qualify for academic credit if:

  • Students are able to apply the concepts and methods of one or more academic disciplines to an appropriate work experience or field setting;
  • Students are able to grow intellectually by extension of the general intellectual tools of one or more academic disciplines to the workplace; and
  • Faculty sponsors are able to assess the quality of academic work that the student completes.

Clerical, routine maintenance or service work does not qualify for academic credit.

Generally, one unit of credit is earned for a commitment of three hours of internship service per week over a course of 10 weeks.

If you wish to serve an internship, you must fill out an application and enroll in Political Science 192A or 192B.

Download the application for POL 192 A and B.

Please read and follow the directions included with the application. Fill out the required areas and then submit the Internship Application as indicated.