PSC 170 - Political Science Internship
Semester Hours: 1-3
This is an individualized course designed to complement student’s specialized study of political science with supervised practice in the field. Political Science majors who have been offered an internship (with an official invitation letter from the internship site) may receive credit through this course, if approved by the Internship coordinator and chair of the Political Science Department. The internship must be training for a position in which a college degree would be necessary for full-time employment and in which a major in Political Science would be considered beneficial.
Students who undertake a local internship in political science will have at least sophomore standing and an overall GPA of 2.5. The internship may count toward the major or minor in political science, as elective PSC credit, or additional coursework credit in PSC. There are no formal prerequisites, but students are strongly encouraged to take the foundational course corresponding to the subject content of their internship. For instance, American Politics (PSC 1) is strongly encouraged prior to an internship in the home office of a member of Congress or state legislator. International Politics (PSC 135) is strongly encouraged prior to an internship at the United Nations. The department accepts no more than 6 credits of internship toward the major.
This course is offered for variable credit from 1-3 credits. For each credit offered, the student is required to log in 28 hours working at the internship site, 10 hours on research and analysis and 3 contact hours with supervising professor for a total of 41 hours. Final grades will include both on-site and academic work.
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