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Internships

The Department of Political Science offers its majors an opportunity to obtain credit and experience through internships. Some require full-time work while others are part-time. All internships are competitive. Students must meet certain qualifications prior to internship enrollment authorization. Interested students should come to the Department of Political Science for additional information (1023 Langdale Hall).

 

  • GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS:
          • 2.5 GPA
          • 15 hours of political science
          • Enrollment in POLS 4930, 4940 or 8995 for credit
          • At least 45 hours of coursework, at least 30 hours completed at GSU
          • Internships must be a new experience or continuation of an ongoing internship over two (2) semesters, not a current position
          • No credit for internships will be allowed retroactively
          • Interview and assessment
          • Acceptance by internship provider
    • ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:
      1. Internship must be done under the direction of a faculty member
      2. Completion of 225 hours work for 3 hours credit
      3. Completion of 450 hours work for 6 hours credit
      4. Keep a journal
      5. Complete a Paper
      6. Supplemental reading as suggested by academic director of internship
      7. All internship credit hours earned are applied as elective credit
      8. No internship may be applied to the 27 credit hours requirement for the major or minor in Political Science  

    For more information about internship opportunities, contact your faculty advisor or internship coordinator for the GSU Political Science Department,  Dr. Christopher Brown. You can also click here for a list of possible internship programs.  These internship providers are categorized by the following subheadings: Legislative, International, Government, Legal, Domestic NGOs/Other, Campaigns/Parties, and Business/Corporate. This list is updated every year.  Keep in mind that it is up to the student to secure the internship and this list is simply a place to start. There are other possible internship providers.

     

    One internship program of note is the Georgia Legislative Intern Program under the direction of Dr. Bill Thomas (wthomas@gsu.edu).  These are paid full-time internships open to all junior and senior college students of any major.  Selected interns work during its session in the Spring semester.  Interested students should complete an application and return it to the Political Science Department.