Political Science Internships: Towards Best Practices

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Political Science Internships: Towards Best Practices

Edited by Renée B. Van Vechten, Bobbi Gentry, and John C. Berg


Political Science Internships: Towards Best Practices builds on a robust body of evidence that demonstrates the integrative power of internships to help undergraduate students learn by doing. Targeting faculty, instructors, and administrators who deliver political science curricula, this book examines the state of internships in the discipline, scrutinizing different types of internship programs, their vital components, and the roles of key stakeholders: faculty mentors and instructors, site supervisors, and students. Employing a variety of methodological approaches and incorporating original research, contributors from across the field offer analytical insights and recommendations for facilitating experiential learning. Practical resources, organized into a supplemental section, exhibit how to structure, maintain, and sustain internship programs and help stakeholders achieve intended learning outcomes. As this text makes clear, moving towards best practices in political science internships requires curricula to be reoriented around more accessible, inclusive practices that place student learning at their center.



Front Matter


Chapter 1: An Introduction to Political Science Internships

Chapter 2: A Review of the Literature: Internships and Best Practices / Renée B. Van Vechten

Chapter 3: Major Legal Considerations Pertaining to Internships / David C. Yamada

Chapter 4: Integral or Irrelevant: What Makes a Desirable Political Science Intern? / Shannon D. McQueen, Clinton M. Jenkins, and Susan L. Wiley

Chapter 5: Preparing Students for Internships / Dick Simpson, Scott Braam, and Myron Winston

Chapter 6: Mentoring Interns / John C. Berg

Chapter 7: Constructing a Research Internship Program to Promote Experiential Learning / Arthur H. Auerbach

Chapter 8: Assessment in Internships: A 360-Degree Review for Students, Supervisors, and Professors / Diane J. Lowenthal and Jeffrey K. Sosland

Chapter 9: Community Colleges and Internships in Political Science: Challenges and Opportunities / Christina Sciabarra and Bobbi Gentry

Chapter 10: Faculty Perceptions and Compensation for Internships / Bobbi Gentry

Chapter 11: Funding for Interns / Daniel J. Mallinson

Chapter 12: Working with Campus-wide Internship Coordinators and Centers / Cynthia Chávez Metoyer

Chapter 13: Navigating the DC Internship Ecosystem / Michelle L. Chin

Chapter 14: Internships for Interdisciplinary International Relations and International Studies Programs: Comparing Benefits and Challenges from West to East / Iva Božović and Alison Rios Millett McCartney

Chapter 15: Virtual Public Affairs Internships / Amy Cabrera Rasmussen and Renée B. Van Vechten

Chapter 16: Interning in a State Legislature / Richard A. Clucas

Chapter 17: Conclusion

Supplemental Internship Resources

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