Internship

POL 495: Open to Juniors and Seniors of All Majors

POL 495-01: 3 credits (120 hours at the internship site)
POL 495-02: 6 credits (240 hours at the internship site)
POL 495-03: 15 credits (Washington Internship only; see below)

Designed primarily for students interested in practical aspects of politics and government, the Internship in Politics gives valuable work experience and career guidance. Many of our interns have been successful in acquiring employment at their placements after they graduate. To take the Internship, you must have a 2.5 GPA and permission of the instructor, Prof. Sheffield. You don't need to find your own placement (Prof. Sheffield has many of these), but you must see her before the semester begins to arrange a placement. Most internships are unpaid and require about one day a week of work at the internship site for each 3 credits (for a total of 120 hours).

Placements are available in the offices of:

  • U.S. Senators and Congressional Representatives
  • N.J. State Senators and Assembly Members
  • City and Town Local Governments
  • Social and Political Agencies
  • Prosecutors and Law Firms

Before you register, you must see Prof. Carole Sheffield for approval: Office: Raubinger 436, x2508, sheffieldc@wpunj.edu. After consulting with Prof. Sheffield, to enroll in the course you need to see the Political Science Department Secretary (Raubinger 433, x2183) to be given a permit to register.

 

Washington Internships

Semester-long or summer internships in Washington, DC are now available to students with a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average. Students will pay no more in tuition than it costs to go to William Paterson, but will have to pay for housing, meals and transportation in Washington. Some scholarships to help pay for these expenses may be available. Students will be placed in any one of a variety of Washington-based interest groups or with Executive Branch agencies or members of Congress and will be required to participate in additional seminars with other students in the program. Students will live together in housing provided by the internship program and will enjoy the cultural and other benefits of Washington on the weekends.

The Washington internship is an excellent experience for a Political Science major and can sometimes lead to job opportunities after college. Since employers are increasingly looking for work experience as well as academic performance, a Washington internship looks very good on your resume.

If you are interested in the Washington internships, please review the Washington Internship Institute website for complete information, admissions criteria, and deadlines. Also, see Prof. Sheffield, 436 Raubinger Hall (extension 2508; sheffieldc@wpunj.edu).