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Spring 2018 Information!

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Are you interested in a political science internship this Spring?

  • The political science internship class is a hybrid class with in-person and online work
  • Educational and supportive environment to enhance benefits of internship
  • Flexible in allowing students time to pursue an internship as well as a full course load

Internship class Information

  • 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).
  • In order to take the class, students must secure an internship and fill out the required Arts & Sciences internship contract by the first day of the spring semester. Later internship start dates will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students who are beginning an internship in the fall that continues into the spring semester may be eligible for the class, but prior arrangements need to be made.
  • Students are required to secure their own internships- 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.
  • If you are planning on taking the course, please register as soon as possible for 4938-801 for three credits- if you have trouble registering, please send Dr. Donavan your SID# and your registration date, and make sure you do not register for more than 15 hours (adding the 3-credit hour class cannot put you over the 18 credit max).
  • The class will meet as a group three times during the semester on Wednesday afternoons from 4-5 during weeks 3, 7 and 14 of the semester.
  • 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.
  • 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 individual meetings. The first online discussion will be a “meet and greet” discussion the first week of class.
  • The class meetings, individual meetings, and online discussions, and course readings will all be aimed at assisting students in writing the required 12-15 page internship paper, which is due the last day of the semester. Additional assignments in the course will also be aimed at this objective.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 144 hours at the internship to receive credit. This works out to approximately 10 hours per week over a 15 week semester.

Course objectives

  • 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.
  • To assist students in gaining experience in a workplace, with academic support.
  • To assist students in networking with others in the community with like-minded interests and goals.

Still have questions?

  • 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.

Internship information meetings

If you would like to take the internship class, please attend one of these informational meetings. All meetings will be held in Ketchum 1B35Interns wanted sign

  • Thursday 11/9 12-12:30
  • Monday 11/13 9-9:30
  • Thursday 11/16 11-11:30
  • Wednesday 11/29 10-10:30
  • Friday 12/8 1:30-2