Internship Requirements

Eligibilty

  • 2.0 GPA
  • Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing (with some exceptions)
  • Up to 6 hours of internship credit may be applied toward a Political Science major/minor
  • If you are a Political Science major/minor, please check eligibility with  (POLS undergraduate advisor)

Time Commitment

  • Internships generally last one semester (fall, spring, or summer).
  • You will receive three hours of academic credit for 120 hours of on-site work (approximately 8 hours/week for 15 weeks) and 30 hours of academic work (approximately 2 hours/week for 15 weeks).
  • Additional credit may be awarded for internships that involve more hours.

Getting Started

Political Science is proud to offer two cohort internship opportunities each year: Louisville Metro (Fall) and Frankfort (Spring).  In addition, students may find their own individual internship placements, or apply to ones we advertise on our website (see sidebar).  After identifying an internship that interests you, check with the internship coordinator to make sure the internship is acceptable for academic credit. If it is acceptable, conclude the process of securing it by contacting the internship sponsor, completing any application materials and interviews, and confirming that you have the position. In some cases, you may finish these tasks prior to gaining the internship coordinator's approval.

You need to have a supervisor at your internship site. The supervisor must write a letter confirming the work arrangements you have negotiated for your internship. The letter should indicate the amount of time you will devote to the internship and the nature of the work you will be doing. You should provide copies of this letter to the departmental internship coordinator and to your faculty internship supervisor. These requirements are built into the Louisville Metro and Frankfort internships.

Internship Components

  • On-site work120 hours (approximately 8 hours/week for 15 weeks)
  • Academic work: 30 hours (approximately 2 hours/week for 15 weeks).
  • Faculty Supervisor: The Fall Louisville Metro internship will be supervised by.  The Spring Frankfort internship will be supervised by . Dr. Wallace will also be the faculty supervisor for any independent internships. Your faculty supervisor will help you develop the academic portion of your internship, specifically, the written work you will do in conjunction with your internship tasks.

Getting registered:

You will need to apply and interview for the Louisville Metro and Frankfort internships.  For an independent internship, you will complete a special registration form that uniquely identifies your internship position, your faculty supervisor, and the amount of academic credit you will receive.

For more information please contact:

Sherri L. Wallace, PhD
Professor and Internship Director
Department of Political Science
Ford Hall, Room 113
University of Louisville
2301 S. 3rd Street
Louisville, KY 40292

Phone: 502.852.4432
Email:  sherri.wallace@louisville.edu