The Michigan in Washington Program offers and opportunity for undergraduates in all majors to earn a full semester of credits fall and winter terms. MIW students live in a residence hall near the White House, work 4 days a week at internships, take courses in the evening and produce a research paper during their term in the capital. Click here to visit the MIW Website.
The Public Service Internship Program is housed in Career Planning and Placement and places students directly in summer positions in government offices in Washington or Lansing. Application deadlines are in October of each year. Click here to visit the PSIP Website.
U of M Dearborn offers a five-week internship program during spring term in Ottowa, where students intern in Parliament. Interested students should contact the Dearborn campus regarding participation. Click here for a link to the Website.
Internships enhance the program in Political Science by providing students with an opportunity to use their knowledge in a variety of applied environments and gain experience before seeking a career after graduation. Internship opportunities for undergraduates are diverse; options range from work at local community organizations during the school year, summer programs in other cities, the Michigan in Washington (MIW) semester and study abroad. Internships can be pursued as individual plans through courses such as PS 299 and 399, or through formal channels such as the Washington semester or Public Service Internship Program (PSIP) offered through the Student Career Center. The Political Science Department does not place students in internships, but assists students in securing placements related to career and academic goals.
Political Science 299: Undergraduate Internship
Political Science 299 allows Political Science concentrators to receive credit (1 credit only) for a full-time internship of at least 8 weeks or the equivalent (320 hours) in part-time work in an approved job or internship position that enriches the student's academic experience and/or allows the student to explore careers related to his/her academic studies. To receive credit:
1. Students must obtain approval for the proposed job or internship from a Poli Sci concentration advisor.
2. The internship supervisor must submit a letter on company letterhead confirming the satisfactory completion of the work described in the internship application (below).
Poli Sci 299 can not be used to satisfy Political Science elective credits for a concentration. The course is credit/no credit.
Political Science 399: Undergraduate Internship
Political Science 399 is a 3-credit course for Political Science majors (and other students, with permission) to receive university credit during the semester by working a minimum of 12-hours per week during the semester as interns with various organizations all over Southeastern Michigan and beyond, including placements with state, federal, and local officials, in the legal field with private firms or in the criminal justice system, with non-profit advocacy groups, lobbyists, and national and international organizations. Please contact Debra Horner with any questions.