Summer 2020  |  POL 3080 Section 001: Internship in Politics or Government (82571)

Class Component:
Field Work
3-13 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option No Audit
Instructor Consent:
Department Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
Online Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
06/08/2020 - 07/31/2020
12:00AM - 12:00AM
Off Campus
Virtual Rooms ONLINEONLY
Enrollment Status:
Open (5 of 30 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Students search for and arrange an internship with an organization or office working in government or politics, and then complete academic coursework in association with their internship. prereq: instr consent, dept consent
Class Notes:
Class Description:
This course has two purposes. The first is to provide students with an opportunity to acquire first-hand political experience and knowledge. The second is to enable students to situate their internship experience in the context of relevant political science research on the subject matter. Students earn 1 credit for every 3 hours per week worked at the internship. Students must work at least 10 hours per week (or 140 total hours), and take POL 3080 for at least 3 credits. To enroll in POL 3080, students must meet with the instructor to discuss the course requirements, sign a Student/Faculty contract that specifies the required coursework, and get a permission number. This meeting takes 15-20 minutes, and should be scheduled once you have secured your internship and you know how many hours per week you will be working (so that you will know how many credits you can take). These meetings usually take place once enrollment for the next semester is open. NOTE: you MUST sign up for the course by the end of the first week of classes for the semester in which you are doing the internship. All students must submit weekly analytical journal entries, and two informational interview reports. At higher credits levels, students must complete a 5-7p essay and 10p research paper.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Any UofM undergraduate student in any College or School who wants to learn more about politics, policy making, policy implementation, the legal system, or community service
Learning Objectives:
To gain hands-on practical experience in politics, government, law, or community service work, and to reflect on that experience via political science research.
Political Science majors and minors MUST take 3080 A-F; non-majors/minors may take 3080 S/N, but A-F is recommended for all students.
Exam Format:
90% Reports/Papers
10% Other Evaluation Other Grading Information: Grade based 90% on coursework, 10% on internship supervisor's evaluation.
Class Format:
100% Web Based Students work at their internships, and submit their course work by e-mail. There are no required classroom meetings.
30-50 Pages Reading Per Week
20-50 Pages Writing Per Term Other Workload: Workload varies by number of credits taken. Minimum 14 weekly journal entries, 2 informational interview reports. Additional papers at higher credit levels
Past Syllabi: (Fall 2017) (Summer 2017) (Spring 2016)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
23 February 2017

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