College of Arts and Sciences

Internships

 

Course Descriptions

Application

Y398 Internship in Governmental Institutions: This course is designed to provide opportunities for students to observe and participate in the policymaking and implementing processes of governmental institutions at the local, state, or national level. Students work at the agency and write reports on their experiences. Their work and the reports are evaluated by their job site supervisor and the instructor. The course is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Students may repeat the course for a maximum of nine credit hours.

Y482 Practicum in Politics: This course provides directed study of aspects of the political/ legal/bureaucratic processes in nongovernmental agencies, law offices, political parties, campaign organizations, and interest groups. Students participate in the work of these organizations to gain field experience, which serves as the basis for a final report. Performance is evaluated by the job site supervisor and the instructor. Students may repeat the course for a maximum of six credit hours.

Course Objectives

Courses in this program offer students the experience necessary to integrate classroom theory and political/bureaucratic practice in a serious professional environment. They will become familiar with the practical aspects of policy formation and implementation in bureaucratic settings or the organization and activities of politics in campaigns or the legislative process.

Academic Credit

Each academic credit earned requires that 30 clock hours be completed at the internship/practicum site or on assignment. In other words, 90 hours would earn the equivalent of 3 credits, 180 hours - 6 credits, and so on.

Scheduling

Registration for, and enrollment in, these courses can be completed at any time and students can begin accruing the required hours as soon as the enrollment process is complete. This means that the internship/practicum course will not necessarily begin and end at the same times as the regular semesters. Students should spend at least 6-8 hours per week on these courses and may take up to 30 weeks to complete all the work, including the required report.

Positions

Efforts will be made to arrange internship and practicum placement before students register and pay the fees for the course. Placements must be acceptable to the agency, the student and the instructor before the enrollment can be completed. The duties should be consistent with the course objectives and the particular background, training and experience of the student. Students will learn in much the same way that professionals do in remaining current in their fields. Specific tasks may include developing or conducting surveys, doing research to support budget preparations or to respond to requests for information, the preparation of promotional materials, keeping records and files, interviewing and screening, attending meetings and interacting with the public.

Supervision and Evaluation

 The instructor will evaluate the intern's performance on the basis (1) of the quality of the work done on the job and (2) the content of the diary and final report. The job-site supervisor will provide the information needed for the first and, regarding the second, the student will keep and submit a log of the hours worked, a diary of things learned and a final report on the internship or practicum experience. (See the section on Requirements and Documentation attached)

Final Report

This paper should summarize what the intern has learned about bureaucratic organization and process (Y398) or the particular political/legal operations of the firm, party, campaign or group with which the practicum work was done (Y482).

For Y398

I. The Agency

A. Purpose and History (if appropriate)
B. Organization (perhaps a chart if appropriate)

  • Formal
  • Informal (administrative styles)

C. Policy and Decision-Making Processes
D. Programs and Clientele
E. Funding, Staff Levels
F. Relation to City, State, & Federal Governments (where appropriate)
G. Special Problems the Agency Faces

II. The Intern

A. Revised Job Description, an Explanation of the Changes (if appropriate)
B. Work Performed, and Its Relation to the Agency and Its Mission
C. Methods and Techniques Employed to Gather the Information Used in This Report (interviews, reports and documents, gossip, etc.) and An Evaluation of Same in Terms of Accuracy and Reliability

III. Evaluation

A. What You Learned and Its Value
B. Suggestions for Future Interns

Copies of reports written in connection with your internship and evidence of other special work performed should be attached to, and submitted with, your final report.

Final Conference: To be scheduled to discuss the final report.

For Y482

I. Organization or Activity

A. Purpose and Background
B. Organizational Structure
C. Decision-Making Processes
D. Strategies
E. Problems

II. The Intern

A. Revised Job Description, an Explanation of the Changes
(if appropriate)

B. Work Performed, and Its Relation to the Organization and Its Mission

C. Methods and Techniques Employed to Gather the Information Used in This Report (interviews, reports and documents, gossip, etc.) and An Evaluation of Same in Terms of Accuracy and Reliability

III. Evaluation

A. What You Learned and Its Value
B. Suggestions for Future Interns

Copies of reports written in connection with your practicum and evidence of other special work performed should be attached to, and submitted with, your final report.

Final Conference: To be scheduled to discuss the final report.


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