POL 403 Basic Internship

POL 403 is the basic internship course. There are no prerequisites. You must be a student in good standing to enroll. As of August 1, 2012, POL 403 is offered on a pass/no pass basis only.


  • Check with your advisor to ensure that you are eligible for internship credit and that you understand how the credit will count toward your degree requirements.

  • Students can obtain internships through their own search efforts; with the assistance of a Political Science undergrad advisor or with the help of the CLA Career Development office:

    College of Liberal Arts Career Development

  • Academic credit must be arranged before the internship begins.

  • Complete the internship application and show it to the faculty member you would like to supervise the internship.

  • Internships must have a substantial academic component. You must have the Internship Provider complete this contract concerning your duties and responsibilities, and submit it to your faculty supervisor. It is your responsibility to see to it that the Internship Provider completes the contract, and that the faculty member receives it. No credit will be awarded for internships unless the faculty member has received and approved the contract.

Course Requirements for POL 403 Internship

  • You will arrange with your Internship Provider what your exact duties may be. It is a good idea to approach your internship with some ideas of your own. Your work may focus on a particular project, or you may do a variety of tasks. The only absolute requirement is that your intern work must have academic content. You are there to gain education through your field experience; you are not just free labor for the organization.

  • Although the exact number of hours and schedule will be worked out between yourself and the Internship Provider, you should expect to work between four and eight hours per week.

  • Interns are also required to submit a short, 2,000 word statement about what they learned from their internship at the end of the semester to their supervising faculty member in order to receive course credit. As noted above, POL 403 is offered only on a pass/no pass basis.

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