Internship Program in
Political Science

For an insider's experience of politics or government, whether in an international, domestic, or local setting, consider the Baruch Internship Program in Political Science (POL 5452).

Picture yourself in any one of our exciting range of placements: observing foreign policy debates at the Council on Foreign Relations; mediating commercial disputes at the Department of Consumer Affairs; assisting with the investment of City pension funds in the Bureau of Asset Management or reviewing corporate tax returns in the Office of Tax Policy; exploring the criminal justice system in the D.A.'s office or defending women's rights at NOW; or doing casework for your Senator, Congressperson, or City Council member.

These are just a few of the many internship positions available. You can find more internship opportunties in the Blog for the Internship Program in Political Science

How can you sign up for the internship as a course?

1. You need to arrange your internship placement first by yourself. For the Spring semester, you’d better start to search for intern positions from October, and for the Fall semester from March. Try to send out your application materials as early as possible.
2. Once you find your intern position, you need to get an approval for taking POL 5452 (Field Work in Government) from Professor Marcus Johnson
3. And then inform the approval to Ms. Sherina John, the administrative secretary of the Political Science Department. Then Ms. John will key you into the registration system. Only after Ms. John keys you in, you will be allowed to register the POL5452.

How many credits will you receive?
1. You will receive 3 credits and can take the course up to two times with a different internship. You can get a total of 6 credits
2. If you get selected for the CUNY Washington D.C. Internship and the New York State Internship programs, you will get 6 credits and 12 credits, respectively
3. You must be a sophomore, junior, or senior in good standing

What is required for you?
1. You are expected to work 8 to 10 hours per week, except for those special CUNY internship positions, which require 10 to 15 hours per week. This means that if you work as an intern too short, for example, 2 or 3 hours per week, those intern positions cannot be accepted for the POL 5452 (Field Work in Government)
2. Some outside placements require more than 10 hours per week. If that’s the case, this will be stated on the websites when they announce intern positions. The time will be arranged at the mutual convenient of your placement supervisor and you. We usually recommend you not to overwork more than 10 hours per week.
3. You need to keep a written account of your internship experiences, periodically meeting your Baruch supervisor, Prof. Johnson, and attend the CUNY Forum, a panel discussion broadcast on CUNY-TV(Channel 75, NYC-TV) on a different policy issue each month of the semester.

When is it offered?
Internships are offered every Fall and Spring semester, but not in the Summer.

For more information on finding a good internship position and doing it successfully, please visit the Blog for the Internship Program in Political Science


Professor Marcus Johnson, Department of Political Science, Room 5-275, Vertical Campus. Tel. (646) 312-4848. E-mail: Marcus.Johnson@Baruch.Cuny.Edu

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