Internships

Internships

The Department of Political Science’s Internship Program provides undergraduate and graduate students with academic credit for work experience as one of several experiential education opportunities. An internship allows students to use the tools and concepts developed in a classroom in practical settings, and experience the diverse careers political science majors pursue after graduation.

 

A few examples of where political science students have interned before include the following:

The White House

The U.S. Congress

The State Department

The U.S. Conference of Mayors

The Massachusetts State House

The City of Boston

The City of Newton

Executive Office of Health and Human Services for Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Office of Budget Management, City of Boston

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay

Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD)

International Institute for Justice and Development

Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women

Office of Budget Management, City of Boston

 

 

Applying for an Internship

Students seeking to receive credit for an internship must secure a position related to political science, public policy, or public administration. If you are currently looking for an internship, we encourage you to look at our listing of possible openings. This database contains both paid and unpaid opportunities.

 

In addition to this database, students can find advice on other search resources, building an effective resume and portfolio, and making the most of internship experiences here:

 

Internships for academic credit must meet the following criteria:

1) The internship site must be related to political science, public policy, or public administration. Students must receive pre-approval of the internship position from the department’s internship program coordinator no later than two weeks before the beginning of the semester in which the student intends to receive credit.
2) Students must be able to complete the minimum number of hours at the internship site. Undergraduate students are required to work 225 hours during the semester (15 hours/week over a 15-week semester). Graduate students are required to work 300 hours during the semester (20 hours/week over a 15-week semester).

 

Registering for the Internship & Receiving Credit

Once students have secured an internship, the process for applying for credit begins. Students seeking credit for their internship must complete the following steps:

1) Students must fill out a student internship application form, which is available here. This form should be submitted to the internship program coordinator, Julie Garey, via email (j.garey@northeastern.edu) or in person (904 Renaissance Park).

2) Undergraduate students will work closely with the internship program coordinator throughout the semester.

 

Graduate students will work with the internship program coordinator to find a faculty advisor with whom they will work with throughout the semester. Typically, this is a full-time member of the department who has expertise related to the area of the internship activity. It is the student’s responsibility to approach this faculty member and request his/her supervision of the internship.

 

Over the course of the semester, students will
1) attend at least two meetings—one near the beginning and one near the end of the semester—that will be organized by the internship program coordinator. These meetings may occur in person or via conference call.
2) write a paper or keep a journal according to the guidelines as given by the internship program coordinator.
Near the end of the semester, the internship coordinator or faculty advisor will contact the workplace supervisor to request a written appraisal of the student’s performance. Students must receive a satisfactory evaluation to receive credit.

 

For more information about our internship program, please contact the department’s internship program coordinator, Julie Garey, at j.garey@northeastern.edu or 617.373.8995.

 

Internships and Fellowships Database

This link includes internships and post-graduation fellowships that might be of interest to undergraduate and graduate students in political science, public policy, or public administration.

If you are an employer with a potential internship or fellowship opportunity that you think should be included in this database, please email us at polisci@neu.edu.

Internships and Fellowships Database

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