We place interns at local offices of politicians, government agencies, law firms, and public interest groups (e.g. NYPIRG). Students are expected to document 135 hours of work, which include wokring on-the-job and writing your journal and summery of your internship experience. Students must, however, be available to work approximately 8-10 hours a week for 13-14 weeks. The local internship is a graded experience (A-E).
GPA of 2.00
Completion of PSC 102, American National Government
Completion of at least 42 credit hours
Under exceptional circumstances, freshmen and sophomores may be given the opportunity to earn departmental credit for an internship. These students should not arrange an internship without first meeting with the internship coordinator.
Step 1: Fill out internship application form and attach current resume.
Step 2: Meet with Political Science Department Internship Coordinator.
(Dr. Peter Yacobucci. Bring internship application form and resume. If the internship coordinator approves an internship, instructor permission to enroll in PSC 488 in granted. Permission cannot be granted without an application and current resume.
Step 3: Internship Site Supervisor Sends Letter to PS Internship Coordinator
Dr. Peter Yacobucci is the internship coordinator. Bring internship application form and resume. If the internship coordinator approves an internship, instructor permission to enroll in PSC 488 in granted. Permission cannot be granted without an application and current resume.
The Internship Site Supervisor sends a letterto the PS Department Internship Coordinator, acknowledging the studetn's placement. This letter should be sent no later than two weeks after the student's placement.
Students are required to keep a journal of activites in a loose-leaf binder.
Students are required to write and submit a 10-page professional report (2,500-3,000 words) of their internship experience. An while it is important the report include impressions of the internship experience, the interns should endeavor to analyze his or her experiences, and where possible, insert the context of theories and concepts, and ideas learned in political science courses.
Type in font size 12 and use double spacing.
Do not leave spaces between paragraphs and indent the first line of each paragraph except after headings.
Place all tables/diagrams at the end of the report, with the place they are to be inserted shown in blocks.
Set the title of your report in the following style (centered)
Local Internship (ont size 14)
Name of Agency (font size 16)
your name (font size 14)
Use no more than three categories of sub/side headings, place all to the left, and follow this style
A headings: Bold, uppercase, font size 14, preceded and succeeded by a line space
B headings: bold, lowercase except for proper nouns, font size 12, preceded and succeeded by a line space.
C headings: italics, lowercase except for proper nouncs, font size 12, preceded and succeeded by a line space.
The site supervisor must submit a letter to the Department Internship Coordinator, which evaluates the student intern's performance. In order to avoid assignment of an "incomplete" for the course grade, the student should ensure this letter is sent before the end of the CEP week. The site supervisor may e-mail the letter, but should either fax or mail a hard copy with his/her signature.
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
U.S. Representative Chris Collins
U.S. Representative Louise Slaughter
New York State Senator Mark Grisanti
Erie County Legislature Chair Betty Jean Grant
City of Buffalo Councilmember Joseph Golombek
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