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Beginning with the 2006 fall semester, The University of New Mexico established a scholarship program to allow its students to travel to Washington, DC to learn firsthand how federal policy is formulated in our nation's capital. The program's objective is to provide undergraduate students who have an interest in public policy the opportunity to participate in public service by observing and contributing to the policy-making process. The internship experience helps students understand the challenges and rewards of public life and develops their leadership skills.
Each semester, up to five selected interns travel to Washington, DC to work in NM delegation member offices. We anticipate many will use their internship experience as a springboard into careers in our nation's capitol, while others will choose to continue their education by entering into graduate school.
Undergraduate students with a minimum of 60 earned credit hours and a 3.0 minimum cumulative grade point average are eligible to participate. (60 earned credit hour minimum may include classes in progress at the time of application.) No particular major or disciplinary background is required. Students will acquire skills and experience that will serve them well no matter what career they choose.
Up to five interns will be selected for the fall 2014 semester. Each intern will receive a $5,000 scholarship to help defray associated costs, and is required to complete 12 credit hours specified by the Department of Political Science.
To apply, download the fillable application form linked below. All applications must be typed. A meeting providing detailed information will be held prior to the application deadline, sometime in mid-March, 2014.
This program has been made possible by the collaborative efforts of the offices of the UNM Provost, President's Club, Academic Affairs, and the Department of Political Science.
The Department of Political Science is now taking applications for the 2013 New Mexico State Legislative Internship program. Participants in the program will be assigned to members of the New Mexico State Legislature for one week during the 2013 legislative session. Interns will be in a unique position to observe the operation of the legislature first-hand.
Each intern will work full-time at assigned duties during the week. The intern reports at 9:00 a.m. on the Monday of his/her assigned week and resides in Santa Fe until released at the close of the week's legislative session. Interns receive a stipend of $300 to help cover their Santa Fe expenses. They also receive one hour of academic credit (granted on a credit/no credit basis) upon completion of the internship and submission of a daily internship journal and short summary paper to the internship coordinator. Any questions about the program should be directed to Professor Lonna Atkeson at email@example.com.
The fillable application form is linked below. Submit completed application materials to the Political Science Department office, room 2059 of the Social Sciences Building, no later than 5:00p.m. on November 27, 2012.
PS 291 and PS 491 internships place students with professionals working in political parties, government agencies, or other public organizations. Interns work closely with both the field supervisor in the public organization and with the faculty instructor. Internships allow students to observe how professionals and professional organizations operate on a daily basis and afford to students multiple opportunities to apply academic skills and knowledge while contributing to an organization’s operation. Through an internship, students have the chance to learn through experiences, insofar as the workplace, office, or agency becomes a text for analysis and reflection. Course requirements: Brief weekly writing assignments and a 10 page paper are required for PS 291; brief weekly writing assignments and a 20 page paper are required for PS 491. Please email E. Grigsby at firstname.lastname@example.org either a) before Final Exam Week during Spring 2012 or b) during the first week of classes of Fall 2012 for more information, for a list of open internships, and for times to meet to obtain instructor permission for registering for the PS 291 or PS 491 course.
No more than three (3) hours of internship credit in PS 291, and no more than a total of six (6) hours of internship credit in PS 291 and PS 491 combined, or PS 491 alone, may be counted toward the major in Political Science. No more than three (3) hours of internship credit, either PS 291 or PS 491, may be counted toward the minor in Political Science.
PS 291 and PS 491 are open to all majors.