POLITICAL INTERNSHIPS IN ILLINOIS
Students doing a political internship may apply to earn credit in association with the
internship through PS 491 Government Internship. Applications are accepted on a rolling
basis. The application process has two tracks, one track is applying for and getting an
internship and the other is applying to the academic internship program. They can be
done in either order or simultaneously. A sample syllabus for PS 491 and guidelines for
finding an internship can be found separately on the political science website.
Applying to the academic program.
Academic credit in political science is earned through PS 491 Government Internship.
Admission to the course is by permission only. The political science department
1) no fewer than 45 credit hours completed
2) at least one year in residence at an institution of higher learning
3) a cumulative grade point average no less than 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
4) evidence of an introductory understanding of the political environment in which the
student seeks to intern, such as completion of PS 101: U.S. Government & Politics,
or other coursework related to the internship placement
The application procedure requires:
1) The attached application form
2) A resume
3) A three paragraph essay addressing why you want to do an academic internship,
what qualifies you for an academic internship (this applies less to job skills than to
how you plan to integrate job experience with academic work), and what you expect
to get out of it.
Submit these materials in paper or by email to email@example.com.
4) An in-person interview with Professor Henehan. You are encouraged to come in for
advising prior to applying.
1) Help and support are provided in the search for an internship, but the student is
ultimately responsible for applying for, being offered, and accepting an internship.
2) The internship must be approved by the department.
3) In order for the internship position to provide experience adequate to the
requirements for earning credit, the student must work at least 10-12 hours per
4) The work on the internship site must be able to contribute to academic work in
political science. Thus, most internships are in the public sector, generally in
government offices or non-governmental/political organizations.
5) The internship cannot be solely clerical; it must provide some substantive tasks,
professional-level training, and resources to inform students’ papers.
6) The full semester term of the internship must be completed in order to earn the
Upon acceptance, the student must complete a Permission to Register for PS 491 form.
This form instructs political science majors to consult their advisors, requires non-political
science majors to secure approval from their advisors, sets an agreement on the number of
credits, confirms that the student has an internship placement in hand, and requires the
signatures of the DDI and any other relevant instructor. Completion of this form allows
for a departmental override that enables the student to register through UI-Integrate.
Students participating in any activities off campus related to the program must also
execute the following documents:
1) Acknowledgement of risk and responsibility, which includes willingness to disclose
2) Instructions for emergency contact
3) Editorial/photographic permission release
POLITICAL INTERNSHIPS IN ILLINOIS
APPLICATION TO THE ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
DATE: _____________APPLYING FOR WHAT SEMESTER _______YEAR______
FIRST NAME: LAST NAME: _ __
PHONE NUMBER: _______________________________UIN: ___________________
EMAIL: ________________________ @illinois.edu
MAJOR: _________________________GRADUATION YEAR: _________________
GPA: GPA in the MAJOR: ___________________
What type of internship do you have or are you seeking?
What courses have you had that would inform your experience on an internship?
Any additional comments regarding your interest in the program:
Submit to Professor Marie Henehan, 243 Computer Applications Building, or