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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Internships

Page address: http://sbs.mnsu.edu/government/internships.html

Internships

There are three internship options offered in the Department of Government. Please click on the option you are interested from the choices below.

I'm a Law Enforcement major interested in taking an undergraduate Law Enforcement Internship (LAWE 492).

I'm a Political Science or International Relations major interested in an undergraduate Political Science Internship (POL 491).

I'm a graduate student in the Masters in Public Administration (MPA) program and I am interested in a graduate Public Administration Internship (POL 691).

 

Law Enforcement Internships

Law Enforcement Internship Coordinator: Tami Wilkins.

The first step in the Law Enforcement internship experience is to review the [PDF] Law Enforcement internship booklet (214 KiB) (it has a blue cover), which can be purchased in the copy shop in Morris Hall 117 for $8, or you can download and print it on your own [PDF] here (214 KiB). Please note that the Law Enforcement internship booklet is different than the Political Science / MPA internship booklet.

Here are the steps to obtaining and completing a Law Enforcement Internship:

1. To begin, it is up to the student to locate a suitable internship. Program faculty and the internship coordinator may have ideas about internships, but it is the student's responsibility to find and contact the internship site to inquire about internship possibilities.

2. Once the student has located a suitable internship, the student should have someone at the internship site send an email (or letter) the student's academic advisor. In the email (or letter), the internship site should provide information about the number of duration of the internship, number of hours per week and a brief description of the intern's typical duties. This email (or letter) needs to be sent to the student's acadmic advisor, not the internship coordinator.

3. The student completes the first three forms in the internship booklet (on pages 2-4).

4. The student brings the completed forms to their academic advisor to discuss the internship and to obtain their advisor's signature on the second form. If the advisor does not concur with the internship plan, the student must begin the process over to locate a suitable internship.

5. If the student's academic advisor concurs with the internship and has signed the second form, the student brings the three completed forms along with the rest of the internship booklet to the Law Enforcement Internship Coodinator. The Law Enforcement Internship Coordinator will fill out the Application Receipt form (on page 10 of the booklet, but numbered as page 5) and will give it to the student. The student should keep this form for their records. The Law Enforcement Internship Coordinator will request permission for students to enroll in LAWE 492.

6. Student should enroll in LAWE 492 for the agreed upon number of credits.

7. Student begins the internship and uses the internship booklet to keep a daily journal of their internship experience.

8. At the end of the internship experience, the student provides a critique of their internship experience. This critique can be typed or handwritten. If handwritten, it should be completed using pages 38-41 (numbered pages 33-36) in the Law Enforcement internship booklet.

9. At the end of the internship experience, the student has the internship provider complete the Intern Rating Report on pages 42-46 (numbered pages 38-41).

10. At the end of the internship experience, the student turns in their critique of the internship experience and the Intern Rating Report to the Law Enforcement Internship Coordinator. The student will receive a grade of Pass or No Pass. This concludes the internship experience.

 

Political Science, International Relations and MPA Internships

Political Science / MPA Internship Coordinator: Scott Granberg-Rademacker

The first step in the Political Science / International Relations / MPA internship experience is to review the [PDF] Internship Manual for Political Science and Public Administration (218 KiB) (it has a red cover), which can be purchased in the copy shop in Morris Hall 117 for $8, or you can download and print it on your own [PDF] here (218 KiB). Please note that the Internship Manual for Political Science and Public Administration is different than the Law Enforcement internship booklet.

Here are the steps to obtaining and completing a Political Science / International Relations or MPA Internship:

1. To begin, it is up to the student to locate a suitable internship. Program faculty and the internship coordinator may have ideas about internships, but it is the student's responsibility to find and contact the internship site to inquire about internship possibilities.

2. Once the student has located a suitable internship, the student should have someone at the internship site send an email (or letter) the student's academic advisor. In the email (or letter), the internship site should provide information about the number of duration of the internship, number of hours per week and a brief description of the intern's typical duties. This email (or letter) needs to be sent to the student's acadmic advisor, not the internship coordinator.

3. The student completes the Internship Application and Counseling Record and Hold Harmless Agreement Form (on pages 6-8 of the internship manual).

4. The student brings the completed forms to their academic advisor to discuss the internship and to obtain their advisor's signature on the Internship Application. If the advisor does not concur with the internship plan, the student must begin the process over to locate a suitable internship.

5. If the student's academic advisor concurs with the internship and has signed the second form, the student brings the three completed forms along with the rest of the internship booklet to the Political Science / MPA Internship Coodinator. The Political Science / MPA Internship Coordinator will fill out the Application Receipt form (on page 10 of internship manual) and will give it to the student. The student should keep this form for their records. The Political Science / MPA Internship Coordinator will request permission for students to enroll in POL 491 if the student is a Political Science undergraduate student or POL 691 if the student is an MPA graduate student.

6. Student should enroll in POL 491 or POL 691 for the agreed upon number of credits.

7. Student begins the internship and uses the internship manual to keep a daily journal of their internship experience (pages 14-73 of the internship manual).

8. At the end of the internship experience, the student provides a critique of their internship experience. This critique can be typed or handwritten. If handwritten, it should be completed using pages 74-77 in the Internship Manual for Political Science and Public Administration.

9. At the end of the internship experience, the student has the internship provider complete the Intern Rating Report on pages 79-91 in the internship manual.

10. At the end of the internship experience, the student turns in their critique of the internship experience and the Intern Rating Report to the Political Science / MPA Internship Coordinator. The student will receive a grade of Pass or No Pass. This concludes the internship experience.