Spring and Fall Semester Program: Interns work in Washington, D.C. for 32 hours a week, take classes on Fridays, and complete a major research project. Interns earn 16 hours of credit.
Summer Program: Interns work full time for 8 weeks, take a night course and earn 6 hours of credit.
This is a highly-recommended experience for political science majors with qualifying GPA of 2.0 or above. Students express high satisfaction with this experience, and, the Washington, D.C. experience has led to many job opportunities for SUNY students in the D.C. area.
This is a 16 credit-hour experience of graded (A-E) credit. Note that your 16 credit hours are not recorded as "internship." You would still be able to take up to 15 credit hours in an internship program (PSC 488) in addition to the Washington Semester.
SUNY Brockport directs the Washingtion Internship Program. For latest information, please visit the the Washington Semester website. This website includes program information, costs, and application forms (Fall/Spring or Summer) (application and permission sheet).
Completion of PSC 102, Introduction to American Government and Politics
Completion of at least 42 semester hours
Open to all majors
Spring Internships -- November 30
Fall internships -- May 30
Summer internships -- April 15
The coordinator from SUNY Brockport makes a campus visit each semester. The Political Science Departments sends an announcement to all majors and minors inviting them to this presentation. The event is also posted to Buffalo State's events calendar. This session is open to all Buffalo State students, faculty, and staff.
After completing your application (including obtaining two letters of recommendation), you must meet with Dr. Atta Ceesay, who must approve applications before he sends them to the SUNY Brockport coordinator.
Upon receipt of acceptance notification from the Washington Center, you must make an appointment with the Center for Global Engagement.
You will register for 15 credit hours of INE 390. Grace will provide you with the course registration number.
Upon completion of the Washington experience, the Washington semester coordinator reports your grades to Grace. He does so for the three components of your experience (research, work, and seminar). Grace will then convert these grades to 16 credit hours of PSC 497 (Washington Semester Research--6 credit hours, Work-6 credit hours, and Seminar-4 credit hours). These credits will then count both towards your political science electives, included in your political science GPA, and/or your total credit hour requirement (120 credits) for your B.A. degree.
Buffalo State students pay normal tuition and fees plus a program fee to SUNY Brockport. ($1,395 in the fall and spring, $514 in the summer) In addition, meals, housing, and transportation costs in Washington, D.C. average about $7,000 for the 15 week semester sessions and about $4,000 for the 8 week summer session.
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