Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is an internship?


    An internship is an unpaid or low-paid position that allows you to get experience in a field that you think you might like to work in. Interns are assigned a supervisor by the office in which they work. At the beginning of an internship, the supervisor and the intern agree upon the intern's duties and work schedule. At the end of the internship, the supervisor evaluates the intern's performance.

  • Can I find my own internship?

    Yes, you can secure an internship on your own. However, the internship MUST be political in nature. Approval prior to the course registration is required.

  • How many hours do I have to work?

    The amount of credit you get depends on the number of hours that you work at your internship in total, as follows:
    Hours:  120 180 240 300 360 420 480
    Units:2 3 4 5 6 7 8

  • How do I get internship credit?

    Students can earn credit for political internships by enrolling in POSC 395. This course requires D-clearance; stop by our office to arrange for D-clearance. You must secure the internship, and have a completed internship agreement signed by both you and the supervisor at the office where you will be working before you can receive D-clearance

  • Do the units count toward my major?

    Up to 4 units of POSC 395 can be applied to the Political Science major or minor.  POSC 395 units are also sometimes required for International Relations minors.  Units may count toward major degree programs in many fields, or may count toward your upper-division university requirements for graduation.  See the Internship Coordinator or Internship Associate for more information.

  • Is there a set meeting time for the class?

    No. POSC 395 does not meet on a weekly, set basis. Events throughout the Semester will be arranged prior to the start of the class.

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