We in the Department of Political Science and International Relations strongly
encourage our majors to serve in an internship during the course of their
studies at the University of Delaware. Internships enable students to earn
academic credit while augmenting their course work, gaining valuable work
experience, making important contacts in a field of interest, exploring
potential career paths, and acquiring professional work habits and skills.
Students may earn from one to six academic credits for an internship. Students
may undertake an internship during fall or spring semester or during winter
or summer sessions. In order to gain academic credit for their internships,
students must register for POSC 464. Students must be registered before
the start of the semester or session during which they will be interning.
Retroactive registrations are not permitted. If you are interested, please
see Director of Internships Philip Jones, 302 Smith Hall, or email
- POSC 464 is for political science and international relations majors and minors
- Students may earn between one and six credit hours for their internship work
- Students must work 40 hours at their internship per credit hour earned
- Internships must be related to political science or international relations
Course Registration Procedures
- Students are responsible for securing their own internships - please see the list of "past internships" held by students and the list of "current internship" openings.
- Please check out the Career Services Center site for more internship opportunities - http://www.udel.edu/CSC/
- Students interested in earning academic credit for an internship should contact Professor Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org
to receive permission to add POSC 464. Permission will be given to
students who are majors or minors, are seeking a politically oriented
internship, and have not reached the six credit limit with previous
- Once a student has secured an internship during the fall,
winter, spring or summer semesters, he or she should print a copy of the
internship sponsor agreement form and fill it out with his or her internship supervisor.
- After completing the intern-sponsor agreement a student should
return the form to the Administrative Assistant in Smith Hall room 347.
Special care should be taken to indicate the semester and credit hours
for the internship.
- After a student has submitted the intern-sponsor agreement
form the student will be enrolled in POSC 464 for the specified credits.
Students cannot register themselves for POSC 464 through UDSIS.
- Please note that internship credits must be purchased during
the winter and summer semesters. Please make arrangements for payment
with the registrar, and do not submit your paperwork until you are
certain that you can pay for the course.
The Internship Course
- POSC 464 does not meet formally - students spend their time working at their internships, not in class.
- Registered students will be added to the course website on Canvas - https://udel.instructure.com - where they will find further instructions and details on how to submit assignments for the course.
- The course requires students to keep and submit an internship
journal in electronic form. Journal entries should be one to two
paragraphs each on a daily basis during the internship. Journal entries
should reflect the student's internship activities and serve as an
opportunity to reflect on the experience as it relates to politics,
International Relations and academic course work.
- The course also requires students to submit an end-of-semester
project. The project is student defined. The only requirement is that
the project demonstrates the value of the internship to the student's
academic and professional development. Past projects have included work
prepared for the internship like correspondence, presentations, or
events, demo tapes recorded with television or radio stations, a
collection of articles written for newspapers, or a term paper of
approximately ten pages in length. As you begin to contemplate your
project you should consult with Professor Jones.
- The final requirement of the course is an evaluation by the
student's supervisor. This evaluation should include an assessment of
the student's performance and verify the number of hours the students
worked at the internship. The student's supervisor may provide an
evaluation letter on company letterhead or use the internship evaluation form.