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



  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 or the CLA Career Development office.

  3. Arrange academic credit before the internship begins.

    • Complete the Internship Application and submit it to the faculty member you would like to supervise your internship.

    • Internships must comprise a substantial academic component. The internship provider must complete an Internship Contract concerning your duties and responsibilities. It is your responsibility to obtain this contract from your internship provider and submit the contract to your faculty supervisor for approval.
      No credit will be awarded for internships without prior faculty approval of the contract.


Course Requirements for POL 403 Internship

  • You will arrange your exact duties with your internship provider. It is helpful 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 internship must contain an academic component. You are there to gain education through your field experience; you are not free labor for the organization.

  • Although the exact number of hours and schedule will be arranged between you and your internship provider, you should expect to work 4-8 hours per week.

  • At the end of the internship, you are required to submit a 2,000-word statement on what you learned from your internship. Submit this to your supervising faculty member to receive course credit.

  • POL 403 is offered only on a pass/no pass basis.


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