VCU Political Science students can earn up to six credits for internship hours earned during fall, spring and summer semesters: one credit=50 hours working on an internship.
Students may apply for internship credits with a variety of politically-relevant organizations, including, but not limited to, government offices, non-profit groups, political campaigns, law offices, media outlets, lobbying groups, etc.
Students may also apply for POLI credit through the Wilder School’s Virginia Capitol Semester program in the Virginia General Assembly.
Although it is each student’s responsibility to find an internship that best suits their interests and talents, this is a list that keeps a live-updated record of potential internship opportunities.
In order to receive VCU Political Science course credit for an internship, students must:
- be declared a political science major, or be minoring in nonprofits or public management,
- have completed at least nine upper-level credits (300 level or above) in political science courses and
- have earned at least a cumulative 2.7 GPA in political science major coursework
In some cases, the Political Science internship director may grant an exception if students do not meet one of the criteria listed above. Students in this situation should speak with their Political Science adviser first, and then contact the internship director with a formal written request for an exception. It is likely the internship director will want to meet with students face-to-face before making any decisions of this nature.
If you are unsure about whether you meet the above requirements, or whether doing an internship for course credit is right for you, please contact your political science adviser at email@example.com.
Students who are interested in receiving course credits for their internship must follow the procedure outlined below:
- Submit an online internship application form (see below for forms).
- Once the application form is approved, the student and their supervisor must sign off on an agreement form (see below) articulating the responsibilities of both parties.
- Once the agreement form is received, the Political Science adviser will provide you with instructions on how to override into the course. It is the student’s responsibility to complete this final step of enrolling in course credits.
Failure to complete any of the steps below will result in a student not earning course credit for their internship. This is potentially problematic for both the student and their internship employer, as many internships require that students receive course credit as a form of compensation.
Internship Application and Agreement Forms
- Fall Internship Application
- Spring Internship Application
- Summer Internship Application
- You will also need to complete an agreement form. You may obtain that by requesting it by email from Dr. Reckendorf at firstname.lastname@example.org.