How do I get course credit for my internship?
How many and what kinds of credits can I get for an internship?
The Political Science Department understands that experience is often the best teacher, so we encourage our students to take advantage of internship opportunities both throughout the academic year and the summer. With that goal in mind, students can receive course credit for successfully completing internships with the following caveats:
- The credits received from an internship DO NOT fulfill any of the requirements for the political science major.
- The credits received from an internship DO NOT count toward the requirement of 12 elective credits in upper-level political science courses.
- Basically, these are just credits that count toward the 120 that are needed to graduate from Morehouse College.
You can find a general overview of how to earn internship credit below:
Step 1: Find an Internship
Usually students have already completed this step. However, if you are having some difficulty locating an appropriate internship, then there are at least two places that may be able to help. First, the Brisbane Institute keeps a small list of available student opportunities. Second, the office of career services at Morehouse College might also be of service.
Step 2: Talk to an Adviser
Once you have secured an internship, the next step is to speak with your academic adviser for internships. Currently, Dr. Matthew Platt serves in that role for all political science students. This initial conversation can take place over email, and its purpose is to simply determine if the internship qualifies for the number of credits that the student is seeking. Like a purple polka-dotted unicorn, the 6-credit internship is largely a creature of myth. Six credits for an internship are extremely rare and reserved for truly extraordinary circumstances. Most internships meet the threshold to earn three credit hours.
Step 3: Register for the Course
The conversation with Dr. Platt should conclude with the student providing his M#. That will allow Dr. Platt to provide "instructor's permission" for the student to register for the internship course, PSC 401: Internship. Allow 48 hours for Dr. Platt to make the necessary changes within Tigernet and to email the student with confirmation of those changes. If you have not heard back within 48 hours, then you should email Dr. Platt to follow up. Once you have received email confirmation of "instructor's permission" from Dr. Platt, then you should be able to register for the course.
Step 4: Complete Your Paperwork
All students must have a completed Internship Agreement and Internship Evaluation Form. Work with the department's administrator, Ms. Genese Brooks, to complete these forms. You cannot receive internship credit without these forms.
Step 5: Write a Research Paper
There are two separate writing requirements for internship credit. First, each student must do a brief description of his internship. This should include the office or organization (e.g. Democratic/Republican National Committee, Senate/House election committee) for which he worked, and a summary of his day-to-day duties. He should also describe the orientation and/or preparation he was given for the duties he was to assume. Finally, the intern is required to assess the contribution that the internship experience made to his knowledge and understanding of political science. The paper should not exceed three pages in length.
Second, each student must write a research paper. This paper can be some analysis of a significant problem or event associated with the actual internship itself. In this case, the student can make use of documented interviews with important participants, but he should also become familiar with the academic literature on the topic. Alternatively, students can write a research paper on a topic that is not directly related to the work duties of the internship itself. Regardless of which option an intern chooses, they must receive topic approval from their internship adviser (in this case Dr. Platt); the paper should be approximately 12 pages (for three credit hours); the paper must contain a minimum of five approved academic sources; and the student should schedule meetings with the adviser throughout the semester to make sure that the research paper is progressing satisfactorily.