Public Affairs Internship
The Department is committed to providing opportunities for practical experiences in governmental and non-governmental agencies and organizations to students majoring in political science and international relations. Students in other majors should consult with their own academic department.
Students are expected to find their own internship placements after speaking with the Director of Internships in the semester prior to the internship (please note that internships at law firms or private enterprises are rarely approved unless the firm and the student will be engaged in pro bono work).
Enrollment in any undergraduate internship is by permission of the instructor (the Director of Internships) only, and the Director of Internships determines the number of credits a student may earn. Generally, a student registered for 3 internship credits should expect to work an average of 12 hours per week during the semester. Please consult your advisor to determine whether your internship will count toward your major degree requirements or used as an elective.
All internships are on a Pass/Fail basis (no letter grades).
The Department of Politics and International Relations maintains several PIR Advisors available to answer student questions regarding degree requirements, transfer credit, and graduation. All new majors and minors should make an appointment to meet with an Undergraduate Advisor in advance of their enrollment in the program. Prior to registering for their final semester of courses, graduating seniors should absolutely meet with a Political Science Undergraduate Advisor for a graduation check to review their records. Appointments for undergraduate advising are available through the Panther Success Network. In addition, all Political Science faculty are willing to meet with students to discuss their academic work, the prospects of graduate studies, and career planning.
For more information regarding our advising department, visit this page.
Upper Division Transfer Credit
Students will generally receive transfer credit for junior and senior level courses in Political Science with a grade of ‘C’ or higher. While a student may transfer up to 30 credits of upper division work, the department will only accept 15 credits towards the Political Science curriculum. All decisions to recognize transfer credit rest with a department undergraduate advisor or chairperson.