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Internships

We offer our students the chance to earn political science course credit while volunteering or working in a professional position. We encourage you to look into these opportunities.

For questions or more detailed information about any of the internships listed here, or about other possible internships you might wish to propose, email the department at pols@louisiana.edu.

The United States Congressional Internship

You have a chance to intern for a semester in Washington, D.C. with Congressman Charles Boustany. If you obtain this prestigious competitive internship, you'll receive a monthly stipend to live in D.C. for a semester while earning 12 upper-level political science credit hours.

Louisiana Legislative Internships

You also have a chance to intern for a few weeks during the summer at the Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge as part of the Future Leaders Internship Program (FLIP). If you obtain this prestigious competitive internship, you'll earn 6 upper-level political science credit hours while interning as part of a team of student, each working for a different member of the Louisiana state legislature.

General Internship Credit

In addition to the recurring internships listed above, if you're a current political science student, you may propose that you receive 3 credits hours of POLS 398 Internship for professional political-science-related employment. This includes law firms, political offices and campaigns, local government, or not-for-profit organizations such as charities or museums, among other internship possibilities. Basic application requirements are:

  • An internship involving 15 or more hours per week and follows the POLS 398 syllabus requirements, which include a memorandum of understanding with your work supervisor, a daily journal, a research paper, and a final evaluation from your work supervisor.
  • A 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher
  • A letter of recommendation from a political science professor
  • A writing sample from a political science course