The Independent Internship

The Department offers two independent courses, POLS 430: Internship I and POLS 511: Internship II, as an elective 3-credit hours course that encourages student involvement in internships pursued individually outside of the two structured programs (Frankfort, Metro) offered by the Department. This experiential learning practicum provides students with an opportunity to explore career interests while applying knowledge and skills learned in the classroom in a real-world setting. The primary purpose of the individual independent internship is to provide a hands-on experience designed to advance academic learning, civic learning, and community engagement through reciprocal collaboration for all partners. More importantly, it allows students a unique opportunity to utilize, assess and sharpen their personal qualities/skills, and build professional networks. Because independent interns are assigned to individual assignments/sites, the duties will vary from site to site, but should include research/projects, constituent work, and participation in meetings and other similar activities as deemed appropriate.


Class Requirements

1)     Students should visit the Department’s Internship page for general internships requirementstips, and opportunities

2)     Students are expected to spend at least 8 hours per week at their respective site, including weekends as may be required for special events or activities.  Time spent onsite should be documented as time in internship.

3)     Students must complete at least 120 hours onsite for the duration of the internship.  This does not include required class assignments, including especially required academic work.


 The Independent Internship Application Process

STEP ONE: After identifying an internship that interests you, please check with the Director of the Internship Program to make sure the internship is acceptable for academic credit. If the site is acceptable, then proceed to:

STEP TWO: Complete the one-page application and send it with your: 
a) cover letter, b) resume, and c) (unofficial) transcript directly to the Director of the Internship Program (Dr. David Imbroscio). Incomplete applications will not be considered.  APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE SENT AT LEAST TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE START OF CLASSES FOR A GIVEN SEMESTER.

STEP THREE: After materials are received and reviewed, the applicant will be contacted for follow-up information and to schedule an interview (with the Director).

STEP FOUR:  Confirm the position by submitting the Internship Agreement, signed by the site sponsor/supervisor (you must have a designated site supervisor).

STEP FIVE: If/when the application is accepted and the position confirmed, and the internship is officially approved by the Director, students will be given permission to register for the course, usually within a week or so.  Students will register for POLS430: Internship I (if first independent internship) or POLS511: Internship II (if the second).

STEP SIX: Students are required to complete all required documents for their respective sites on their own and to forward a copy to Dr. Imbroscio.  Instructions and materials will be provided before internship begins.

 Additional questions? Please contact Dr. David Imbroscio, the Director of the Internship Program.