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POL 403A: Indiana State Legislative Internship


Internships provide hands-on application for the classroom knowledge students receive while at Purdue. The Department of Political Science may offer credit to students through the POL 403 Basic Internship Course or with the POL 403A Indiana State Legistlature Internship.

POL 403A is the legislative internship with the Indiana General Assembly.

Each spring semester, the Indiana General Assembly awards 50-60 internships. These are competitively awarded and are distributed among the colleges and universities in Indiana. Generally, about 12 Purdue students are chosen. To be eligible, you must be at least a junior and have a 3.0 GPA.

Approval for legislative internship credit is contingent upon the student securing a position in the Indiana General Assembly’s Intern Program run by the party caucuses in the House and Senate. Students are expected to register for 9 hours of coursework associated with the internship, with an optional additional 3 credits available for capstone credit. Classes will be taught online and/or in Indianapolis. Specific registration information will be provided at the time of acceptance.

Academic credit must be arranged before the internship begins. The legislative internship automatically qualifies for Capstone credit.


Legislative Internship Director

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  1. Discuss an internship with your academic advisor to ensure you are eligible for credit. Make certain you understand how the credit will count toward your degree requirements.

  2. Obtain an internship through your own search efforts, or receive assistance from a Political Science undergraduate advisor.


Approved Legislative Internships

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