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Political Science Internship Program
The political science internship gives
students an opportunity to gain important experience beyond the
classroom through work at a governmental or private agency concerned
with public policy. Students interested in pursuing an internship are
responsible for locating a position and completing the academic course
of study for obtaining credit. The internship course (POLI 3901) is
taken just like a normal course - it lasts for a full semester and a
letter grade is assigned at the end. For most internships, students can
earn three hours of academic credit. These hours count toward the total
number of hours required for a major in political science but not toward
field requirements. The course can be taken in any semester (fall and
spring) as well as during the summer term.
There are three general requirements for the internship (the course syllabus provides additional details):
1. Satisfactory completion of work at an
approved position. Approximately 10 hours of work each week is expected
for a minimum of 120 hours over the course of the semester. An
evaluation form is sent to your supervisor at the end of the semester to
gauge your performance.
and writing assignments. Early in the semester I will assign a series
of books related to your internship that you will be asked to read and
write reports on. There are generally four books assigned and students
are expected to provide a 4-5 page written summary and analysis of each
of activities. A daily or weekly report of your work activities must be
submitted along with the number of hours worked for each entry.
*NOTE: the internship work may not be
applied to any other internship program. In other words, you cannot use
the internship hours toward another academic program of study other than
Steps in the Process
1. Find an internship position. See below for general guidance.
2. Obtain department approval for the internship and registered for the course (contact Dr. Wayne Parent at email@example.com). Credit will not be given for work completed prior to obtaining department approval.
all the duties assigned by your internship supervisor and hand in all
academic components (book reviews and journal) on time.
Where to Find an Internship
-contact your local Metro-Council Member to ask about opportunities. A
list of members by district can be found at the bottom of The Advocate
web-site (www.2theadvocate.com). A list of local agencies at the city
and parish level can be found at the Baton Rouge web-site
-contact your State Senator or State Representative to ask about
opportunities. A search engine to obtain contact information for these
members can be found at the bottom of The Advocate web-site
(www.2theadvocate.com) or by going to the Project Vote Smart web-site
-contact state agencies or executive departments directly to inquire about possibilities (www.state.la.us/gov.htm).
U.S. Congressmen and U.S. Senators
-Members have district offices in addition to their D.C. offices. Again,
Project Vote Smart (www.vote-smart.org) provides a search engine to
locate contact information.
Other Local Organizations
Opportunities in Washington, D.C.
-working for a member of Congress or for a political party or interest group at the national level.
-there are some organizations in D.C. that locate internships for you
and provide an academic curriculum: The Washington Center and The
Institute for Experiential Learning.
If you have questions, or when you are ready to obtain departmental approval for an internship, contact Dr. Wayne Parent (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Department of Political Science
Louisiana State University
240 Stubbs Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-5433
Phone: (225) 578-2141
Fax: (225) 578-2540
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