Internships in Political Science
Students majoring in Political Science are able to pursue internships to further their interests in state and local politics, national affairs, and/or comparative and international relations. Internships can be pursued with a wide variety of organizations, e.g., government agencies or institutions, policy think tanks, or with the private sector (e.g., a law firm). Internships with the Political Science Department can range in durations from one week during the semester, to several weeks during the summer, or even a full semester. Students can earn course credits by enrolling in the Department’s internships course (POLS491 Professional Field Experience). The exact number of credits can range from three to 12 hours, depending on the duration of the internship and worked out in consultation with the student’s advisor.
Internships in West Virginia State and Local Government
The Department offers two internships that enable its majors to intern with the WV state government in Charleston. The Frasure-Singleton Internship enables students to work for one week during the annual sixty-day legislative session, being assigned to a legislator, participating in committee sessions, and engaging in research. A second legislative internship, the Judith A. Herndon Internship, offers students a more extended internship experience in Charleston. This internship program allows the student to participate in the full sixty day legislative session, performing research and other assistence for an assigned state legislator. Further information can be found at this link of the Herndon Internship website. Political Science students also can take advantage of internship opportunities offered by the West Virginia State and Local Government Internship Program. Administered through WVU’s Institute for Public Affairs, this program offers students who are interested in public service the opportunity to experience working and doing research for state and local government officials.