Internship experience is essential to a student's educational experience. Students get the opportunity to experiment with different career paths, apply their classroom knowledge to real-world situations, and gain hands-on experience in a professional environment. Often, internships help students secure a job after college. In addition, internship experience serves as networking and skill building opportunities. As an effort to promote Loyola Marymount University's mission of educating the whole person, the Political Science Department puts great emphasize on assisting students with internships.
There are two major ways in which students can intern for course credit. The first way is by working one-on-one with a faculty member as an independent study course. In this situation, the student would meet with the faculty member and establish the criteria for credit. The second way is by enrolling in one of our internship seminar courses that meet in a classroom setting to discuss the internship. These courses encourage students to integrate knowledge gained from academic research with practical, real-world experience. They also challenge students to think critically about the political and social significance of their organization as well as the challenges it faces in the complicated web of national and international politics.
Past students have found internships working for government officials, law firms, non-profit organizations and international organizations. On this site, there are four major types of internships described and posted. Some organizations have ongoing internship opportunities and are constantly welcoming new people. Other organizations have recently sought out students for specific dates by contacting the Political Science Department with internship possibilities. The Political Science Department works to provide you with the most up-to-date internship information and if you have any questions please contact Michelle Larson, Political Science Administrative Assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her office at 310-338-2806.