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College of Arts & Sciences

Political Science Internships Requirements

Program Requirements

The department asks that students meet certain eligibility requirements to participate in the Public Affairs Internship Program. If students do not meet these requirements, they should consider meeting with the Internship Director and discussing their eligibility. In some cases, the department may be able to waive a specific eligibility requirement.

Eligibility Requirements

Students should be at least junior status at the start of the internship period, be a Political Science major or minor, and have a 3.0 GPA overall or in the major to be eligible to participate. Students who do not meet these eligibility requirements should see the Internship Director to request a waiver. Waivers can be granted on a case-by-case basis.

Internship Requirements

Internships with sponsoring organizations that are involved in government and public affairs qualify for the Public Affairs Internship Program. While the department has information on local and national organizations that are currently interested in interns posted on the Public Affairs Internship Program bulletin board on the second floor of Bentley Annex, students are not limited to these opportunities. Many students find their own internship opportunities.

The department asks that students work approximately 30 hours for their sponsors over the academic term for each credit hour they want to earn. Students can earn up to 3 hours of graded credit and up to 12 hours of credit only for their internships. Graded-credit hours count toward the Political Science major, and students earn a letter grade for their graded internship credit hours. Credit-only hours count toward the total university hours needed for the degree but do not count toward the Political Science major; students earn grades of "credit" or "no credit" for these hours. A student intern who wishes to earn 3 hours of graded-credit and 3 credit-only hours for the internship would need to work a total of 180 hours for the sponsor over the academic term, about 13 hours per week for a 14-week semester.

Academic Requirements

The academic requirements differ for students registered for all credit-only hours and those who are registered for any graded-credit hours. After an internship application has been approved, the student should make sure to schedule an appointment with the Internship Director to discuss the academic requirements of the internship and how to submit work.

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