Information for Employers

Welcome to the Internship Program in the Department of Political Science!

Political Science majors have skills that can be utilizied in a vast array of careers.  As undergraduates, they learn to research, analyze and write; valuable skills for any employer. 

This page will guide potential internship sponsors through the process of partnering with our program. It is important to first clarify what an internship is. The following definition was written by internship professionals on the Internship-Net listserv. 

"An academic internship is a form of experiential education that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skill development in a professional setting. Students earn academic credit, or there is some other connection to a degree-granting, educational institution. This work/learning arrangement is overseen by a faculty or staff member of an educational institution and by a designated employee of an organization. The internship is usually the length or equivalent of an academic term, may be part-time or full-time, paid or unpaid. An integral component of the experience that distinguishes it from other types of work is one or more forms of structured and deliberate reflection contained within learning agendas or objectives."

This program requires students to earn academic credit. Employers providing internships for academic credit are not required to pay interns. During the fall and spring semesters interns must work twice a week for at least 3 hours each time (a minimum of 6 hours per week). During the summer, interns must work at least 6 weeks for a minimum of 120 hours.

 Starting and Maintaining a Quality Internship Program is a useful guide if you are considering implementing an internship program or if you are looking for ways to improve your program.

Once you have joined the Internship Program, your web page will be linked to the list of sponsors and publicized in e-mails and flyers.