Hello and welcome to the POSC internships page! We are excited you are interested in the possibility of an internship in political science, and are here to answer any questions you may have. Please look over the information posted on our page and watch this short video (below) to get answers to commonly asked questions on virtual internships in Fall 2020, getting credit for past internships, and the process to enroll in the POSC internship class.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Kathryn Perkins, our internship director.
-Department of Political Science
Get hands-on experience while pursuing your degree in Political Science!
The Political Science Department at CSULB has a variety of internship courses. In most cases, students enroll individually in what is, in effect, a directed study course. They receive up to 3 units of academic credit for the internship but do not take a course on campus. Instead, they complete a variety of academic assignments related to their internship – assignments that are supervised and graded by the Department’s Internship Director. Internship courses may be taken for a letter grade or CR/NC. Internships can be used to fulfill the department’s practicum requirement. You should consult the Internship Director to see which option is best for your situation. Once you have found an internship and been accepted by the organization, you must contact the Internship Director so that s/he can approve the placement and make sure that CSULB has a “site” agreement with that organization. Either forward the name of the organization and your supervisor to the internship director or ask that your supervisor contact the Internship Director by email. Either works, but timing is important: you can’t get started until these details are worked out.
Director: Dr. Kathryn Perkins
For questions regarding internships, please email Dr. Perkins
You must also fill out an application form and submit it to the Internship Director.
Check out our Internships Shortcut to find out some information on how to complete an internship as part of your POSC major coursework.
US Representative Eric Swalwell (Washington DC and the East Bay)
Congressman Alan Lowenthal (Long Beach and Washington, DC offices)