Students often find that practical experience improves their understanding of political institutions. By seeing how the principles they have studied are put into practice, they experience subtleties and complexities that are often not apparent from textbook reading, lectures, and class discussions. Students also find that having practical experience gives them an advantage when pursuing jobs. The Political Science Department encourages its students to intern for organizations that will give them practical experience in politics or government.
Students can register for one of these three-credit internships: POL 485 Legislative Internship, POL 486 Communal Internship, and POL 487 Government Internship. Students who successfully complete the internship earn these credits, although they do not count toward the requirements for a major or minor in Political Science. While most internships for credit take place in government offices, a student may also obtain credit for working on political issues in a not-for-profit organization or a private firm. Students who wish to register for a credited internship should discuss their proposal with the Chair or Deputy Chair for their campus.
- The internship must involve work in the field of politics and government.
- The internship must involve at least 120 hours over a period of at least 6 weeks.
- The student must prepare an application form and receive the approval of both a faculty member and an internship supervisor.
- The internship supervisor must complete a written evaluation of the student’s work during the internship.
- The student must prepare an 8-10 page paper that relates the internship experience to academic writing in the field of the internship.
Touro students have recently interned at the offices of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) and Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL) and Pete Sessions (TX). Several have interned with state and local legislators. Some have interned with political campaigns, and one served as a volunteer coordinator in Florida for President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign.
Touro students have also held internships with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Brooklyn Supreme Court, and the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office. Several students have interned with the Orthodox Union’s Institute for Public Affairs.