POLS 4485 Internship
BA International degree internships:
Dr. Jonathan S. Miner
All other internships (Dahlonega):
Dr. Carl D. Cavalli
All other internships (Gainesville):
Dr. Dwight Wilson
Political science internships are designed to provide students with real-world experience and study as a preparation for employment in the private or public sector.
Political Science internships should provide students with:
- First-hand knowledge and understanding of the workings of legal/political/governmental institutions;
- A better understanding of their own legal/political/governmental interests and skills.
Methods of Instruction:
- Students must post daily journal entries detailing work assignments, experiences, and personal reflections on the POLS Internship D2L site. A weekly account of hours devoted to the internship must be included.
- The student's immediate supervisor during the internship must complete an evaluation form. It is the student's responsibility to supply the instructor with the supervisor’s name, address, and email by mid-term.
- Students must write a paper that is no less than 12 full pages of text (from the top of the first page to the last line of the 12th page). Title and reference (and any other non-text) pages do NOT count towards this minimum. The paper must be double-spaced, with 1-inch or smaller margins, and 12-point or smaller font. The paper must (1) review a book relevant to the internship and (2) discuss how the actual in-service experience both corresponds to and differs from the scholarly account. The book must be selected in consultation with the instructor. The book and any other sources must be properly cited and referenced using the APA style.
Grade Scale: 10 points. Automatic deductions: 1 point per day late; 1 point per page short of 12 full pages; 1/2 to 1 point for formatting requirements.
Evaluation Methods: (grading practices and weights assigned to each graded aspect of the course)
- Supervisor's evaluation = 50% (10 points x 5)
- Term paper = 35% (10 points x 3.5)
- Daily journal = 15% (15 points)
All materials must be submitted by 5pm on the last day of classes for the internship semester. Late submissions will be deducted one point per day.
While there is no grading curve, the typical class average is around a middle or upper "C" (Despite the often inflated nature of grading, a "C" is average—not below average; and a "B" is above-average). Simply completing the course requirements will most likely earn a "C" (70-79). A "B" (80-89) requires some demonstration of effort beyond just the requirements. An "A" (90-100) requires extraordinary performance.
- BS Pre-Law students must complete a 9-hour internship for a 2013 or earlier Plan of Study. If on a 2014 or later Plan, they must complete a 6-hour internship.
- BS American Politics students must complete two six-hour internships in two of five areas: Interest groups, political parties, political campaigns, administrative offices, legislative/executive offices.
- BA International Affairs students must complete a 9-hour international internship.
- BA/BS Students are not required to complete an internship. Up to three credit-hours of any internship may be applied toward fulfilling the requirements of the Political Science BA/BS major, with the remaining hours counting as electives.
- A 9 credit-hour internship (POLS 4485C) involves at least 320 contact hours of in-service work.
- A 6 credit-hour internship (POLS 4485B) involves at least 214 contact hours of in-service work.
- A 3 credit-hour internship (POLS 4485A) involves at least 107 contact hours of in-service work.
Course Content (by week):
To be determined by internship supervisor.
Every week: Students must keep a journal of their daily activities and their weekly hours.
Mid-semester: Their supervisors will be asked to evaluate them at about the mid-point of the semester.
Last day of classes: They must also produce a term paper – due, along with their journal, by 5pm on the last day of classes for the internship semester.
Knowledge Base (required texts, optional materials, supplementary readings, etc.):
The general knowledge base for POLS internships is determined by the internship supervisor. Students must also select a book to review as part of their term paper. The book must be approved by the internship supervisor.
- Approval: You must get faculty approval to register for an internship. For international internships, please contact Dr. Jonathan Miner. For all other internships, see Dr. Carl D. Cavalli. Bring a supervisor contact name and address for your internship (You are responsible for your own arrangements. However, the links below may help you locate an internship). Complete and bring this form with you: POLS Internship Application Form [PDF]. An agreement form will be sent to that contact.
- Registration: Once your supervisor fills out, approves, and returns that form to us, please contact us about registering for your internship.
For help with finding an appropriate internship, select an area below:
NOTE: The inclusion of a site on these links does not constitute acceptance of their internship program by this department--check with us before applying.
Where possible, specific internship links are provided below. However, please note that not every law firm or government agency will have an internship program or a specific internship site online.
Lawyers.com: Find a Lumpkin County Georgia Lawyer or Law Firm
Lawyers.com: Find a Hall County Georgia Lawyer or Law Firm
PACGA: Georgia District Attorneys
PACGA: Find Your Prosecutor
Lumpkin County Government: District Attorney
Cobb County: District Attorney
Habersham County: District Attorney
Hall County District Attorney's Office
Attorney General of Georgia
DOJ, Criminal Division: Undergraduate and Graduate Volunteer Internships
DOJ search: Undergraduate Internships
In addition, you should also consult the UNG Career Services Center Internship Resources
Capitol Hill (Washington DC) housing: Washington Intern Student Housing (WISH)
In addition, you should also consult the UNG Career Services Center Internship Resources.
If you can think of other questions useful to post here, please contact Dr. Carl D. Cavalli: Carl.Cavalli@ung.edu
Yes. The important thing is that you must complete all of the internship requirements by 5pm on the last day of classes for the semester (during the summer, that would be the last day of the full summer session).
That is highly recommended, but not required. However, you must turn in journal reports for every day worked during your internship by the last day of classes for the semester. It is strongly recommended that you post them on a regular basis so they may be reviewed and feedback provided. Don't forget, you must also post a weekly accounting of your hours worked. Please do that in the simple form of "I worked XX hours the week of..." for each week of your internship.
A paragraph describing your day will do. Comments on what you've learned and how it applies to your studies are especially encouraged.
Unfortunately, right now the answer is technically yes. I'm working on that. Apparently it is not as easy to make folders private on D2L as it was on our old system, WebCT Vista. In the meantime, please respect the privacy of others and do not look into any other folders except the "Intern Forum" folder (which is open to everyone to share your thoughts and experiences about being an intern).
Let’s hope so! HOWEVER—you must get the instructor's approval before using any book.
Links and Notices
Be sure to ask us about theses internships:
Many members of the Georgia delegation to the U.S. Congress (representatives and senators) are looking for skilled, competent interns to serve in their local or Washington DC offices. These internships may be particularly valuable to students pursuing Pre-Law and American Politics degrees.
The District Attorney for the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit in northwest Georgia (counties: Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Walker) seeks interns/volunteers for their internship program. They are especially looking for qualified people to serve as Volunteer Victim Advocates. For more information, contact Ms. Amy Reed, Director of Victim/Witness Services, Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit, firstname.lastname@example.org