Finding an Internship

Many internship opportunities for University of Louisville Political Science students are available on a recurring basis. These include positions in Senator McConnell's local office and his office in Washington D.C., positions with the Legislative Research Commission (Frankfort), positions in the Kentucky State Legislature (Frankfort), positions with the Public Radio Partnership (Louisville), and a variety of opportunities in the election campaigns of candidates for local, state, or national office. You can learn more about these opportunities by contacting the internship coordinator and by talking to students who have participated in these internships. The Political Science Department usually conducts brief internship workshops prior to fall and spring course registration to inform students about these opportunities. Watch for announcements.

There are various interpersonal sources of information about internships. You can identify internship opportunities by asking professors who teach in fields related to your interests what internship positions they may know about. Many professors in the Political Science Department have established contacts they would be pleased to share with you. You can also seek similar contacts through your family, friends, and employers.

You can do research on internship opportunities by using resource files or searching the Internet. Several different files are available from Dr. Anne Caldwell (106 Ford Hall).

Finally, the University Career Development Center maintains current listings of internships available through the Arts and Sciences Cooperative Education program. Many of these positions are offered by work sites that have sponsored interns from the University of Louisville in the past and are familiar with the University's academic programs. For more information on these opportunities contact the University Career Development Center (Houchens Building, LL04; Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

Contacting an Internship Site

An internship is a professional experience. It is important that students act appropriately when applying for an internship. Occasionally a student will secure an internship position merely by speaking with a prospective sponsor and agreeing to the terms of the position. The process is usually not that informal. For some internship positions, students will need to complete a formal application provided by the internship sponsor. For other internship positions, students will need to submit a cover letter and a resume.

Students should be certain that their applications, cover letters, and resumes are well-written and professional. A faculty member may be willing to read these materials and provide suggestions for improvement. For a nominal charge, students can obtain guidance in preparing a professional resume at the University Career Development Center. Helpful advice is also available on the Internet. Try the Cornell Career Services site.

Some internship sponsors also require applicants to interview for the positions they seek. Faculty members may be able to help students prepare for an interview. Former interns can usually offer helpful tips. And, students may soon be able to obtain assistance from the University Career Center.