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Internships PSCI 494b

Beginning Fall 2021, PSCI majors have two options for their Senior capstone:

  • PSCI 494a Senior Seminar in Political Science will remain as a traditional seminar course that integrates previous PSCI coursework and seeks to build advanced research and writing skills.
  • PSCI 494b Senior Experience in Political Science will be a graded internship experience of at least 90 service hours that builds students’ professional skills and portfolio.

Both courses share the same pre-requisites (completion of PSCI 301, 331, 350, and 370 with a grade of “C” or better).

Overview

Both on-site and virtual internship opportunities will be available for Spring 2022.  All on-site internship partners must meet CSUSM-approved safety protocols.  There are no class meetings for PSCI 494b, but there are multiple graded assignments, and students will be required to attend a few events sponsored by CSUSM’s Career Center during the internship semester (schedule pending).

Preliminary list of CSUSM-approved program sites that may be most promising for PSCI majors.

Why Should I Do an Internship Before Graduating?

Insights into the value of internship placements

Orientation Sessions for Spring 2022 Internships

The Political Science Department hosts Orientation sessions each semester to prepare students to seek internship placements and to prepare for the internship experience itself. The next Orientations will be held over Zoom. Register here:

For more information about Internships at CSUSM

FAQs:

  • How do I find an internship placement?

     This is what we’ll go over at the Orientation session.

    The short version is that you’ll use CSUSM’s Internship Database to view the full list of available opportunities.  Using information on the database, you’ll apply for a position with a community partner and arrange the job assignment and work schedule with the site supervisor.  If you want to work with a partner that’s not already approved for CSUSM internships, contact Dr. Beavers for guidance on how to get new organizations approved for placements.

  • How do I enroll in PSCI 494b?

    Once you have a written offer for an internship, contact Dr. Beavers for a Permission Number to enroll in PSCI 494b.     

    All CSUSM forms, including Learning Agreement, will need to be completed by the first day of the Spring 2022 semester to maintain PSCI 494b registration. 

  • What about COVID?

Special note: This page is lightly adapted from CSUSM’s Sociology Department materials. We thank our colleagues in SOC for their assistance!