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Political Science Internships

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A successful career is more than attending class.

In today’s workforce, you can’t just rely on your degree to get you a job – a nice blend of research experience, specific courses and professional internships show employers you’re a well-rounded employee. Through internships, you’ll learn about the industry, get access to more network opportunities and help improve your community even before graduation.

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Internships for Credit

Generally, internships involve about 50 hours of field work for each credit, so about 150 hours for a three-credit internship; this is about 10 hours per week during a regular semester. Internships are to follow these expectations:

Internship Grading

Internships are graded based on the quality of performance and the quality of the final paper.

Supervised Internship

The off-campus internship supervisor is expected to oversee your work and ensure the position offers educational value and a good experience.

Faculty Mentor

A faculty mentor on campus oversees the internship, meets periodically with the student during the semester, reviews written work and submits a grade.

Write About It

The intern completes a paper evaluating their experience during the internship and connecting internship experience with material learned in traditional classes.

Internship Evaluation Form

The off-campus internship supervisor completes an evaluation form and submits it to the faculty supervisor.

Evaluation Form

Nicolas W Cravillion '18

The New Job Interview

"After class I talked with Congressman [Reid Ribble] about how I could get my foot in the door. He suggested that I do an internship. He had me send my resume to him and just a few days later I received a call from current Congressman Mike Gallagher requesting an interview. The opportunity wouldn’t have presented itself like that if Dr. Weinschenk didn’t create the amazing opportunities he does for his students."

Nicolas W Cravillion '18
District Director for the Office of Senator André Jacque

Professor Katia Levintova

Internship Advice

Professor Katia Levintova enjoys working with Political Science students on internships and is an expert on placing student with relevant internship sites. She would love to hear from you!

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