A variety of internship opportunities are available for undergraduate and graduate
students. Most internships require placement of the student in an appropriate agency
of the government or other public service institution. Although placement sites may
be the same for undergraduate and graduate interns, the requirements for academic
credit for the internship will vary according to class rank.
The Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice offers Junior and Senior undergraduate students an opportunity to gain experiential learning and course credits through supervised internships in a variety of agencies, depending upon the needs of the individual student. While most interns are placed in local settings, internships may also be done outside the region, including other countries, depending upon availability and individual circumstances. A quick review of the University Catalog will provide information on the specifics of course enrollment by discipline, credit hours, etc.
Ideally, students should begin to think about internships early in their sophomore year; some agency requirements include an extensive background investigation which may take up to eight weeks to complete. The first step in the internship process is for the interested student to complete an Internship Tracking Form and to develop a personal resume with the assistance of the University's Career Services Office. The Tracking Form, a copy of the student's latest grade report, and the personal resume should be left with the faculty advisor. A minimum of 125 hours of on-site work is required for a 3-credit hour internship.
Students in the MPA Program who are not suitably employed full-time in public agencies may be allowed to enroll in PSC 596, Graduate Internship in Public Administration, for a maximum of six semester hours. Normally, admission to the Internship Program will be dependent upon the following prerequisites:
1 - satisfactory completion of at least six of the required core courses
2 - approval by the internship professor of the prospective intern's qualifications and proposed project and
3 - placement of the student in an appropriate agency of the government or other public service institution.
The length of the internship and corresponding credit (at the rate of three to six
hours per semester), not to exceed a total of six hours, will be determined for each
student on the basis of the student's particular needs and opportunities.
Each intern will be required, in consultation with the intern professor, to develop a research design for the project to be undertaken during the internship. Each intern will also be required to write a paper showing how that research design has been carried out. Particular emphasis will be placed in the paper upon the relationship between the internship experience and academic course work. Close and continuing supervision of each intern's progress will be provided by the intern professor.
For more information, contact the Director of the MPA Program
Polling Group Internships
USA Polling Group has Internship positions available in its survey research lab for undergraduate and graduate students.
Requirements for Internship
3.0 GPA or above
General knowledge of computer operations
At least one course in research methods
Permission of Polling Group Director
Questionnaire Development, Interviewing, Monitoring, Reporting
15 hours per week: Late afternoons and early evening hours/some weekends
Must be available Mondays (late afternoon/early evening)
Academic Credit: 3 Semester Hours
Fall: August 15
Spring: December 1
Summer: May 1
For Application Contact:
Dr. Thomas Shaw
Office: HUMB #221
Phone: (251) 414-8025