The Internship Program allows students to earn course credit while gaining valuable professional experience as an intern in the Chicago area. A wide variety of internship opportunities await the motivated student, including positions with:
- Congressional and state legislative offices
- City, county, and state government offices
- Political campaigns for national, state and local offices
- Nonprofit organizations, such as the Civic Federation
- Public Defender's Office; State's Attorney Office
The internship program represents a special opportunity to:
- Apply classroom knowledge to a professional work environment
- Gain valuable professional experience that will look great on a resume
- "Test the waters" of a specific professional area of interest
Students must have completed their freshman year and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher to be interns, but participation in the internship program does not require a political science major or minor. Freshmen may apply for a summer internship if they will have completed two semesters of coursework. Transfer students are eligible to participate in the internship program.
Interns enroll in PLSC 370 for either 3 or 6 credit hours, working for either 8 or 16 hours per week. Students may earn no more than 6 credit hours for PLSC 370. Students who register for 6 hours of internship credit may count 3 hours as one of the elective courses required for the major and 3 hours as one of the general university graduation requirements. Successful completion of a political science internship course will fulfill the Engaged Learning Core Requirement.
Work hours are arranged with the internship supervisor depending on the intern's schedule and the needs of the host organization. The intern is also required to take part in special mandatory internship seminar sessions that meet during the semester. The intern's final grade is based on the quality of a written paper, a weekly e-journal, the evaluations of the internship supervisor at the host institution, and participation in the internship seminar sessions.
Summer Session students are eligible to take part in Internships in their home town or other locations (as well as the Chicago area), with approval and permission of the Internship Director.
Students must submit their application for the 2014 Summer Session OR Fall Semester to the internship director no later than April 7, 2014. Students are urged to apply before the deadline, given limited placement opportunities. The internship position will be jointly agreed upon by the student and the internship director and must be approved by the director. Students applying for an internship should include the following material:
Unofficial Transcript (accessed through LOCUS)
For more information about the Internship Program, contact Professor Alan Gitelson, Co-Director of Internships in the Department, at firstname.lastname@example.org.