The Political Campaign Internship program is a special course in which a student works for a political campaign at the national or local level in order to directly experience the elements of campaigning for public office.
Requirements for Admission
No more than six credits may be earned from Political Science 4270 - Political Campaign Internship. Certain exceptions to this rule exist, such as those interns who work full time for an entire semester for campaign, usually out of state. Up to six credits may be applied to the Political Science major or to the Political Science minor. Any hours beyond those applicable toward the major or minor are counted as electives. Every three credits requires at least 120 contact hours working for the campaign. All credits are pass / fail.
Course RequirementsThis internship has four required parts:
1. Internship Goals and Responsibilities Essay. Due the first week of your internship. During the first week of the internship, students will draft a two to three page essay explaining the responsibilities they will have in their placement, and their goals and expectations for the internship. This essay should address academic goals—what the student hopes to learn about politics and government and law, and its relation to course work completed. The essay should also address professional goals—what the student hopes to learn in terms of behaviors and practices in a professional setting.
2. Weekly Journal of your experiences. Each week or more often you must add a minimum 150 word post to your Online Journal here in the Discussion section. Students will maintain a weekly journal where they will discuss their work product, events, experiences, and impressions. The D2L date stamp assures that everyone posts at least once a week.
3. Final Internship Paper. This is an evaluation of your internship experiences. Reflect on your internship experience. Did you achieve the goals you originally set out? Were there unexpected benefits of the experience, or unexpected problems that needed to be worked out? What did you do in this internship--the job, the duties, the tasks, the events, and was it worthwhile? Discuss the good parts of the job--what you liked, what you learned, why it was a good experience. Discuss the bad parts of the job--what you didn't like doing, what you didn't feel was helpful, the annoying and petty things that drove you nuts. Would you recommend this internship to others--why or why not? What did you get out of the whole experience? Was it worthwhile? Remember--the papers are for my eyes only and will never be seen by the internship supervisors. I am looking for candid thoughts on what you did and learned. Papers must be typed, double spaced, and uploaded to the Dropbox on or before the due date. As a rule, it should be at least 5 pages.
4. Supervisor evaluation form. Your supervisor must either email me the filled out form from their work email or snail mail it to me so that it arrives BEFORE the deadline for the Final Internship paper. YOU are responsible for making sure the form gets to me in time. You will get an INCOMPLETE if all four parts are not submitted on time.