Internships in the Government and Law Department provide students with the opportunity to study political science through fieldwork and practical experience.
Internships in Government and Law consist of professionally supervised work in one of the following types of settings: a governmental agency, a law firm or legal department, a political campaign, a news organization, or a public interest or non-governmental organization. Supervision is provided by a) the Government and Law Department Internship Supervisor, who serves as the academic supervisor of the internship, and b) the Fieldwork/Site Supervisor, who works with the student at the internship site.
Students who pursue an internship will be graded on a credit/no credit basis. Credit for a Government and Law internship counts for a full course and is designated as GOVT 380. Internships must be approved for credit prior to participation; no credit will be awarded ex post facto for internships.
In order to qualify for internship course credit, the fieldwork must be extensive, interactive, and intellectually challenging:
While the intern is responsible primarily to the Fieldwork Supervisor for the day-to-day activities associated with the internship, the intern must also satisfy academic requirements. To earn internship credit, the Government and Law Department Internship Supervisor must receive the following:
The Department Internship Supervisor may assign additional work and may set more specific deadlines for the submission of written material.
Interns are expected to be conscientious in the performance of their duties, to abide by the rules and norms of the organization at which the internship is being conducted, and to fulfill the academic expectations of the College and the Department of Government and Law.
To determine if you are eligible to earn Government and Law Credit for an internship, contact:
Professor Katalin Fabian
Government and Law Department Internship Supervisor