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Types of Internships in Political Science

Course Descriptions for Political Science Internships, Independent Study, and Practica

POLS 3910 - Federal Government Internship  Interns serve in Federal Agencies (legislative or executive) located in Washington or in St. Louis, depending upon availability.  These internships provide excellent insight in the functioning of the Federal bureaucracy.
(1 - 6 credit hours)

POLS 3911 - State or Local Government Internship  Interns serve in state or local agencies or other government offices located in Jefferson City or in the St. Louis area. Students keep journals and write an essay relating their experiences to assigned readings or course work. At least one previous course in American politics preferred.
(1 - 6 credit hours)

POLS 3912 - Administrative Internship  Students who have satisfied course pre-requisites in public administration emply classroom administrative theory while working in a public administration agency under the direction of experienced administrators. Students keep journals and write an essay relating their experiences to assigned readings or course work.
(1 - 6 credit hours)

POLS 3914 - Foreign Service Internship  Interns serve in agencies or non-governmental organizations concerned with the conduct of foreign relations abroad, in Washington, or in St. Louis.  Students keep journals and write an essay relating their experiences to assigned readings or course work.  At least one previous course in International Relations preferred.
(1 - 6 credit hours)

POLS 3915 - Legal Internship  Interns work in law firms, in the legal department of large corporations, or in public agencies involved in the judicial process.  In selecting their internships, Political Science majors are guided by the faculty member directing this program.  Ideal for students interested in a legal career.
(1 - 6 credit hours)

POLS 3916 - Campaign Practicum  Requirements: 1. A program of campaign activity approved by both the campaign organization and the Department of Political Science; 2. Assigned preparatory reading on campaigning and a paper analyzing the participant's campaign experiences in the light of this reading.
(1 - 6 credit hours)

POLS 3917 - Research Internship  Students work with a Political Science professor on the professor's research. Instructor's permission required.
(1 - 6 credit hours)

POLS 3918 - Overseas Fieldwork  Students work at an overseas agency or organization. Students keep journals and write an essay relating their experiences to assigned readings or course work. Permission of instructor required.
(1 - 6 credit hours)

POLS 3919 - Women Leaders Internship  Interns work with women in leadership positions in governmental or non-governmental civic organizations, or collaborate on research projects related to women leaders in the public sector.  Students keep journals and write an essay relating their experiences to assigned readings on gender justice and the role of women in public policy.
(1 - 6 credit hours)

POLS 4910 - Political Science Internship  Students work in political science relevant area, such as on research projects with professor, with research governmental agencies, legislators, or legal institutions.  For advanced students.  Permission of Instructor required.  (This does not count as a 400-level seminar.)
(0 - 6 credit hours)

POLS 4980 - Advanced Independent Study  Students examine a topic of their own choosing and write a substantial paper under the direction of a professor.  Permission of the instructor is required.  (This does not count as a 400-level seminar.)
(1 - 6 credit hours)

POLS 5910 - Graduate Internship  Interns work in government agencies/offices, nonprofit organizations, or interest groups under the guidance of a preceptor from the sponsoring organization and under a course director in the political science department who develop a graduate-level professional experience following department internship guidelines.
(1 - 3 credit hours)

POLS 5911 - Graduate Capstone Internship  Interns work in government agencies/offices, nonprofit organizations or interest groups under similar conditions to POLS 5910. In addition, interns prepare a policy recommendation paper, a formal grant proposal, or a professional quality paper as specified in department capstone guidelines.
(3 - 6 credit hours)

POLS 5912 - MPA Internship

POLS 5913 - Field Service  Field experience by the student as community organizer, research assistant or administrative intern with a voluntary association, community organization, or public or private agency. A paper evaluating the field experience is required.
(1 - 6 credit hours)

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