Political Science


Internships translate your classroom theory into real-world experience and career planning. They should give you a new and challenging experience.


  • You must be at least junior status.
  • Generally, you'll work 112 hours for 3 credits; 224 hours for 6 credits; and 336 hours for 9 credits.
  • Assignments should be entry-level professional positions. A written learning agreement between you, the site supervisor and the internship director will outline your work assignments.
  • An ideal internship should include an orientation, assigned activities that let you use and develop research, analytical, writing, and public speaking skills. You should complete assignments with different levels of difficulty and be able to attend public and staff meetings and other activities to learn first-hand how decisions are made.


  • The internship site supervisor is the intern’s work supervisor and mentor.
  • If possible, the department internship director will meet with all interns and their site supervisor at the beginning and end of the internship
  • The site supervisor will supply a detailed written or oral evaluation of the intern’s work performance at the end of the internship.

Evaluation and credit

  • Interns take Political Science 444 for 3 to 9 credits.
  • Grading is Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only. The final grade reflects the evaluations done by the site supervisor and internship director. 
  • Interns complete a written evaluation and an internship paper. The paper's focus is developed with the internship director based on the Internship Portfolio Requirements. You'll also be asked to do a course evaluation of the experience.


  • Students may accept compensation. However, it is not expected.
  • The Department offers limited scholarships to assist students serving an internship.

More information

See your academic adviser