Internship Details - Registration, Credits, Timeline

Registration

Initial contact with the Intern Coordinator should be one quarter in advance of registration if the student is interested in a local internship. For state and federal internships, contact with the Intern Coordinator should be two quarters in advance. You will need permission to register for PLSC 444.

Credit may be divided over two quarters when the placement requires a commitment of more than ten weeks. Only 10 credits of internship may be counted toward the Political Science major; up to 5 internship credits count toward the minor but will not count toward the required 10 credits of upper division courses. Excess credits will be counted as general university credit, and there is a limit of 15 credits of PLSC 444 allowed at the university.

Academic Credits and Working Hours

One credit is given for three hours of internship worked. (Example: Five credits for approximately 15 hours per week, 10 credits for approximately 30 hours per week)

Potential Problems

  • Frequent absence or lack of contact with the internship supervisor
  • Lack of feedback relative to the quality of the intern's performance
  • Hostility from other employees who receive less attention from the supervisor or who do not understand the intern's responsibilities
  • Appearance-some agencies may have an unwritten dress code

If these or other problems develop, interns are to discuss the problem with their supervisor. If this does not result in correction of the problem, the Intern Coordinator should be contacted for further discussion of the matter.

Internship Timeline

2 Quarters Prior to Registration Initial contact with the Intern Coordinator for Federal Agency internships
1 Quarter Prior to Registration Initial contact with the Intern Coordinator for local internships
Registration Contact the Intern Coordinator for permission to register
2nd Week of Internship Submit work proposal (on-line)
3rd Week of Internship Submit reflection paper #1
5th Week of Internship Decide topic for research paper/report
6th Week of Internship Submit reflection paper #2
First day of finals week

Submit internship portfolio

Supervisor's Evaluation of Intern's Performance is due

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