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PSCI 4938 Internship in Government Information

Are you interested in a political science internship this spring? Please attend an informational meeting about Fall 2017 internships:

Monday, March 13, 2-2:30pm @Ketchum 1B35

Thursday, March 16, 11-11:30am @Ketchum 1B35

Wednesday, March 22, 9-9:30am @Ketchum 1B31

Thursday, April 6, 3:30-4pm @Ketchum 1B35

Friday, April 14, 10-10:30am @Ketchum 1B35

Tuesday, April 18, 12-12:30pm @Ketchum 1B35

Monday, April 24. 9-9:30am @Ketchum 1B31

PSCI 4938-001 Internship in Government and Politics

Instructor Dr. Janet Donavan

Fall 2017

The political science department is piloting a new internship class that will be a hybrid class with in-person and online work. This class is designed to be educational and supportive, and to be flexible in allowing students time to pursue an internship as well as a full course load.

Internship class Information:

  1. The class is a three-credit hour course, and student grades in the course will be based on work in the class (rather than at the internship).
  2. Students are required to secure an internship. There are many opportunities available in local, state, and national government, interest groups and non-profit organizations, campaigns, and other opportunities. Career services has many opportunities listed, and Dr. Donavan also has internship information to share. 
  3. The class will meet as a group three times during the semester. These meetings will be on Wednesday afternoons from 4-5 during weeks 3,7 and 14 of the semester.
  4. Each student will meet individually with Dr. Donavan at least three times during the semester. These meetings will be scheduled with students at mutually agreeable times.
  5. Every week, students will submit an internship journal on D2L. Required online discussions will be scheduled for the weeks that we do not have class or indiviudal meetings. The first online discussion will be a "meet and greet" discussion the first week of class.
  6. The class meetings, individual meetings, and online discussions, and course readings will be aimed at assisting students in writing the required 12-15 page internship paper, which is due on the last day of the semester. Additional assignments in the course will also be aimed at this objective.
  7. Students must complete a minimum of 144 hours at the intersnship to receive credit. This works out to approximately 10 hours per week over a 15 week semester.

Course objectives:

  1. To provide an opportunity for students to experience real-world political organizations and compare these experiences to see how they match up with political science research and theories.
  2. To assist students in gaining experience in a workplace, with academic support.
  3. To assist students in networking with others in the community with like-minded interests and goals.

If you have further questions, please contact Dr. Donavan at For information about how this course fits in with your degree requirements, please contact your advisor.