Internship Information

 

Students who are declared a major in either political science or public administration must take an internship course to satisfy the requirement of their degree program.  Students who have chosen to minor in either political science or public administration may also choose to enrich their study with the hands on experience an internship provides.  The guidelines and contact information necessary to qualify are listed below.

 

Political Science

Students often complete internships in the regional offices of U.S. Senator Carl Levin and U.S. Representative Dave Camp, or in the offices of other local, state, and federal politicians. Students are eligible to take up to xx credits. Here's how the process works:

  • You will have to commit at least 10 hours per week to your internship.
  • When you're ready to do the internship, you will need to speak with Prof. John Kaczynski. He will assist you in setting up an interview at the agency or office at which you desire to intern.
  • You will then be responsible for adhering to a set schedule and performing the duties outlined in an internship contract with the sponsoring office.
  • You will be evaluated by both the staff member(s) where you intern and by Prof. Kaczynski.
  • You will need to write a 2,000 word paper about your internship experience for Prof. Kaczynski. This will be due 1 week before finals begin.

Students should feel free to set up an internship on their own, but keep in mind it must be approved by Prof. Kaczynski. In the past, students have come up with a variety of interesting internships on their own, and are therefore encouraged to explore this option. For example, one student recently worked as a manager for a campaign, and another worked for the Bay City Humane Society. Thus, students should feel free to pursue options as they arise.

Additionally, there are internships in Lansing that you might think about pursuing if you have the time to drive there on a consistent basis. Students who have chosen this option have typically done so in the Spring or Summer terms.

Below you will find links to the syllabi for both political Science internships.

PS 396 Political Science Internship (145kB)‌

PS 496 Fieldwork in Public Affairs (145kB)‌

 

Public Administration

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