Internships for Political Science Majors
- Dr. David Parker and Kelsey Martin will be managing the internship program moving forward. All internship related communications must be sent to [email protected]. Do not send anything to Dr. Parker’s or Kelsey’s personal email, it will not considered if it is not sent to the correct email address.
- You must have your internship learning contract completed and submitted by Monday, January 25, 2021 for the Spring 2021 semester. We are aligning our program with the university established dates and 1/25/21 is the last day to add a class for the spring semester.
- In addition to the required 4 internship reports students will need to create a 30 second – 1 minute advertisement showcasing the organization they are interning with for their final project. We will no longer be conducting the end of the semester seminar we have done in previous semesters. We are actively exploring different technology to determine the best application to create the advertisement.
- For any students who are continuing an internship you are required to submit a new learning contract and you must meet with Dr. Parker and your site supervisor prior 1/25/21 to establish the expectations for the semester. You will work with Kelsey in the Political Science office to set up this meeting. You will not be required to submit the 4 internship reports or advertisement, but instead will need to work with Dr. Parker and your site supervisor to establish a substantive research project that elevates your internship experience while also adding value to the organization you are interning with. This report may range in type and content but must result in a 20-25 page research report.
MSU Department of Political Science Internship Policy during the Coronavirus Pandemic, effective April 17, 2020.
Students may pursue internships for credit if they proceed according to the following stipulations:
- Internships must adhere to the local health code guidelines in operation wherever the internship is located.
- Any aspect of the internship that can be reasonably completed virtually should be done so.
- Internships requiring substantial face to face interaction in an office environment or with the general public can proceed provided the student and the site supervisor agree to an acceptable level of risk that such interaction may entail. In this case, we strongly encourage students to utilize social distancing, wear masks as appropriate, and to proceed with internships only if the internship is an industry or occupation considered essential under guidelines established by the Department of Homeland Security (see guidance issued on March 28, 2020 by following this link: https://www.cisa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/CISA_Guidance_on_the_Essential_Critical_Infrastructure_Workforce_Version_2.0_Updated.pdf).
- Expectations concerning contact that may expose students to the Coronavirus and what aspects of the internship that could be accomplish remotely should be specified in the Learning Contract the student establishes with the site supervisor and the Department’s Internship Coordinator.
Political Science majors at Montana State University are encouraged to participate in an internship experience during their undergraduate course work. The options are virtually limitless – some are formally established, such as working in Washington, DC with the Washington Center or on Montana’s U.S. Senator and U.S. Representative’s committees. Others may be tailored to a student’s specific area of interest, such as working in a law office or for a non-profit organization. During election years, the experience of working on a political campaign provides hands-on involvement in that exciting and dynamic aspect of the political process Internships can be undertaken during the regular academic year or during summers, at the discretion of the student and the sponsoring organization.
The Political Science department is committed to supporting student internship experiences by delegating a faculty internship advisor and maintaining information on a variety of public and private sector opportunities.
Here is a list of organizations who regularly recruit Montana State University Political Science majors for internships:
United States Senate Committee on Finance (www.finance.senate.gov)
The Office of U.S. Senator (from Montana)
The Office of U.S. Representative (from Montana)
The Fund for American Studies
Institute for Humane Studies – George Mason University (www.TheIHS.org/policy)
The Washington Center – Domestic and International programs (www.twc.edu)
*Courses taken at the Washington Center will only transfer as internship credits, not course credits *
The Student Conservation Association (www.thesca.org/internships)
Montana Women Vote
Montana INBRE Public Health Internships
Montana State Legislature
Bozeman City and County Offices
Please visit the Political Science Office for additional internship and contact information. Please direct all internship emails to [email protected] for consideration. Any internship contracts or questions sent to any other email may not be addressed.