The Department of Political Science offers a wide variety of intern programs at the local, state, national, and international levels. The program is open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students of above average academic standing. It allows students to earn credit hours for their experience in the field with an approved government agency, political campaign, non-profit organization or the private sector.
Placing students as interns in appropriate agencies requires considerable time and effort. Students must make the necessary arrangements with the Department of Political Science well in advance of the start of their anticipated internship. Interns must register for POLS 4698 and must be students, not employees, of Columbus State University.
The department offers two types of internships: paid and unpaid. Paid internships include the Georgia Legislative Intern Program, the Governor's Intern Program, and others. Most paid internships are limited to particular times of the year. In most cases, unpaid internships are available throughout the year. Whether paid or unpaid, a political science internship in the field may be an important preparation for graduate or law school, or an important experience for future employment.