Students who elect to major or minor in political science have access to a wide variety of internship experiences. Most of the programs below offer three credits of academic credit, but some offer more. Students may apply six credits (two courses) of independent study, internship, or senior thesis work toward the major or minor in Political Science, but they may apply 33 credits (11 courses) toward general graduation requirements. As a result, students may pursue more than one internship. Programs are open to juniors and seniors. Additional requirements sometimes apply.
Please note: none of the internships described here can be used to fulfill the requirement that students graduating with a major in political science must take a seminar.
INTERNSHIP IN POLITICAL SCIENCE 790:481/482 (3 credits)
The Political Science Department offers internships in New Brunswick and throughout the New Jersey/New York metropolitan area. Students with a major or minor in Political Science can earn three academic credits by working at an unpaid internship which you find in coordination with the program director, Professor William Field. Professor Field can connect you to internship possibilities in a wide range of political fields, including but not limited to the legal profession (primarily law firms but also county prosecutors and courtrooms), government service (the governor’s office, other executive branch agencies, and the state legislature, as well as local office of federal legislators), nonprofits (advocacy groups in NJ and NY, including at the UN), and political campaign organizations (candidate campaigns, party organizations and consulting firms). Students may also find their own internship ideas and bring them to the program director for approval.
Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and have junior or senior class standing. Freshmen and sophomores are NOT eligible without special dispensation from the program administrator.
The structure of the course is as follows:
For the fall and spring semesters, students must devote a minimum of 120 hours to the internship site (with over 140 hours preferred), attend the weekly class, give a presentation to the class on their placement, and write a paper about the internship experience. Placements must be within commuting distance of New Brunswick, and students must clear the placement with the program director before the start of the semester. Professor Field will schedule several presentations in the weeks preceding the start of the semester, and students are strongly encouraged to attend one to assist with placement. Students should consult the university schedule of classes to determine the meeting time and place of 790:481/482.
For the summer semester students must devote a minimum of 140 hours to the internship site (with over 160 hours preferred), and write a paper about the internship experience. No regular class is scheduled to accompany the internship experience.
WASHINGTON SEMESTER INTERNSHIP
Juniors and seniors who have at least a 3.0 GPA and 15 credits in Political Science courses (including six in American government-related courses), may choose to spend the spring semester or summer semester enrolled in the Rutgers Washington Research and Internship Program for full academic Rutgers credit. The program includes an internship in a government or public service agency or, possibly, a foreign embassy; a course on a related topic given by (WII) or the Center (TWC); and completion of a major research paper, which will be graded by the Program Director.
This program is offered in the spring semesters (15 credits) and in the summer session (9 credits).
EAGLETON UNDERGRADUATE ASSOCIATES
The Eagleton Institute Undergraduate Associates Program offers an internship to its associates. For more information see the program discription.
EAGLETON INTERNSHIPS 790:481/482 (3 credits)
The Eagleton Institute offers a number of internship possibilities to students who are not Eagleton Undergraduate Associates but who wish to get involved with the work of the Eagleton Institute. One is in the area of women and politics. Another focuses on political campaign reform in New Jersey. A third works to improve youth participation in politics. Academic credit for these internships comes from the 481/482 Internship in Political Science course, but supervised by the appropriate Eagleton faculty or staff member.
For information on internships with the Center for Women and Politics and with the Eagleton New Jersey Project, see the program descriptions here.
THE CAPITAL CITY INTERNSHIP PROGRAM 790:481/482:85 (3 credits)
Keith White, Associate Executive Director of the New Jersey Assembly Majority Office, leads students through a semester of life lessons, work experience and an insider's view of New Jersey state politics in The Capital City Internship Program.
Students are selected each semester to spend Fridays in Trenton where they intern in a government-related office and attend a lunchtime seminar with a diverse group of NJ leaders in business and politics. Former guest speakers have included the Governor, state legislators, lobbyists, journalists, urban planners, campaign managers, Rutgers faculty and many others who provide insight into their fields and lessons about life that they have learned along the way. In addition, students learn to produce a professional resume, write memoranda and gain an understanding of personal finance through weekly assignments.
NEW JERSEY LEADERS OF TOMORROW PRESIDENTIAL INTERNSHIPS 790:393 (3 credits)
The Civic Engagement and Service Education Partnership Program, in cooperation with the Department of Political Science, offers students the opportunity to work for a semester with state legislators. Students spend the semester working in the district offices of members of the New Jersey Assembly and Senate, doing constituency service and policy development.
Students are responsible for researching a problem facing New Jersey and formulating a plan for resolving that problem. Many of these solutions have become state law since this program’s inception.
Students must attend class weekly and perform 120 hours of work at the placement site, in addition to the required research paper. For more information see the program description.