To gain political science credit for an internship (3 credits), students will:
- Complete a minimum of 144 hours at the internship – or approximately 10 hours per week over a 15-week semester.
- Submit a weekly internship report (each approx. 1 page in length). The weekly reports are your opportunity to document what you are doing and observing as you carry out your internship duties.
- Produce a 12-15 page internship paper, due on the last day of the semester. In general, the paper should focus on what the internship experience taught you about politics. Elements to be included: (a) an introduction with background information on the organization with which you interned and the types of issues you were focused on; (b) a summary and review of an argument found in political science scholarship that helps to frame and orient your experiences (including at least three scholarly citations); (c) a discussion of work performed and observations gained; and (d) an assessment of how your experiences matched up with expectations and broader theories in political science.
- Meet twice during the semester with the entire group of interns, once early in the semester, and a second meeting before the final paper is due.
- Meet at least twice on an individual basis with the PSCI internship coordinator.
- The course grade is based on academic performance in meeting the specified requirements.