Political Science Internships

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.

Procedures

  • 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.

POL 403a Legislative Internships

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 any of the colleges and universities in the state. Generally, there are about 12 Purdue students chosen. To be eligible, you must be at least a Junior and have a 3.0 GPA.

Legislative Internship Director

Valeria Sinclair-Chapman

BRNG 2221

vsc@purdue.edu

Procedures

  • 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

Approved Legislative Internships   

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

  • Complete this internship application and submit it to the Internship Contact and Legislative Internship Director, Valeria Sinclair-Chapman.

  • Follow procedures as stated in the Internship Handbook.

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