The Montgomery Experience
The Montgomery Experience is an intensive, five-week internship course (PSC 399, 3 credit hours) that combines real work experience (120 hours or more) in a political or governmental office, academic reading and writing assignments, and some (optional) educational events, speakers, and and/or tours.
The application deadline is typically in February or March. For more information, including deadlines for the upcoming summer, visit the Montgomery Experience page.
The Washington Experience
The Washington Experience is a summer internship course (PSC 399, 3, or more credit hours) that combines real work experience (120 hours) in a political or governmental office, academic reading and writing assignments, and participation in educational events, speakers, and and/or tours that are organized by the instructor.
The application deadline is typically in February or March. For more information, including deadlines for the upcoming summer, visit the Washington Experience page.
Are you doing an internship related to political science but NOT in Washington or Montgomery, this summer? Email Dr. Borrelli firstname.lastname@example.org about requirements for getting academic credit for your internship.
Alabama Law Institute Legislative Internship
Are you a junior or senior? Would you like to work in the Alabama State Legislature in Montgomery next spring?
The Alabama Law Institute legislative internship is the best opportunity to do a meaningful state legislative internship. If you are accepted for this program, ALI handles your work placement, and plans weekly extra-curricular opportunities to meet important state policymakers.
Note that doing this internship requires being in Montgomery for most of the Spring semester. If accepted for this program, I would be willing to work with you to provide 3-6 hours of PSC 399 credit for your internship, but if you are a student who needs to be enrolled full-time for the Spring it is up to YOU to figure out how to get the rest of your course credits to add up to a full-time load. Options might include seeking internship credits from other departments besides PSC, taking online courses at UA, or taking courses at a Montgomery-area college that will transfer back to UA.
A&S Experiential Learning Services
This is an office within the College of Arts and Sciences that assists students who seek internships and other forms of experiential education such as assisting faculty members with research, performing community service, participating in education abroad, etc. While they do not actually place students in internships themselves, they work with students to identify opportunities and assist with applications. In addition, this office will guide students through the process of obtaining academic credit and finalizing logistical issues such as housing and travel. They will also help students to identify useful campus services to assist with planning.