Depending on student interests, a wide variety of opportunities in government, politics, public policy and the non-profit sector are suitable for political science internship credit. Be sure to check the CU Career Services internship page and the Handshake job & internship search system for current listings. The PSCI internship coordinator is also happy to meet with students and provide suggestions that match personal interests.
It is never too soon to begin gaining practical experience through internships. Internship opportunities arise year-round, but some are more seasonal in nature. For example, the Colorado State Legislature creates many excellent hands-on opportunities for engaging in the state legislative process, but this is true only when they are in session (the CO state legislative session coincides with CU’s spring semester, January through May every year). Elections also create numerous opportunities for active engagement, typically in the fall. Feel free to schedule a meeting with the PSCI internship coordinator to think through internship plans.
PSCI internships provide 3 academic credits. Students can count up to 6 credits of internship work in a given department toward graduation. Be sure to check with your academic advisor if you are unsure about your own academic credits.
The PSCI internship program is currently offered only in the Fall and Spring semesters. However, summer internships are often the best option for student schedules. It should be noted that you do not need to gain academic credit in order to be engaged with a rewarding and educational internship experience.
Some organizations require academic credit when they otherwise cannot compensate student interns. However PSCI does not offer credit for summer internships. In this case, you can sign up for an extra credit internship class through Career Services, CSVC 1000, a one-credit, pass/fail class (which does not count toward graduation requirements). For information on CSVC 1000, see the CU Career Services internship credit page.
This CU Career Services program provides funding for summer internships focused on civic engagement. See PIIE for the details. Note that this is a competitive program, with annual applications opening in December for the following summer.
Check out the semester- or summer-long professional internship in Washington, D.C., with a wide range of placement options. More information about the CU in D.C. program.