Earn Academic Credit
Internships are worth three or six credit hours, depending on the number of hours
you spend at your internship. You must complete a total of 150 work hours (at least 10 hours per week in a regular
semester) to earn three credit hours and 300 work hours (at least 20 hours per week
in a regular semester) to earn six credit hours. You can complete your internship
during the summer months, if you so choose.
Get Work Experience
Internships give students the opportunity to gain experience in the workplace, in public and private organizations that deal with issues related to politics, government, public policy, public affairs, and international affairs. Some students have completed internships in our nation's capital, while others have stayed local.
Internship Opportunity Examples
State and Local Government/Politics
The Department has partnered with the South Carolina Senate Judiciary Committee to create a Spring semester internship with this committee, and information and applications are sent out via POLINOTE each Fall.
Other opportunities include:
South Carolina Office of the Governor
South Carolina Attorney General’s Office
South Carolina Department of Commerce
South Carolina Law Enforcement Division
Richland County Public Defender’s Office
South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism
Office of the Mayor of Columbi
State and federal legislators offices
South Carolina Republican Party
South Carolina Democratic Party
Students have completed internships in the federal government in Washington, DC. USAJobs is the federal government’s official system for federal jobs and employment information, and it contains information about internships in the federal government.
Students have interned at non-governmental organizations in Columbia and various other locations.
- The League of Women Voters
- Project Vote Smart
- The Columbia World Affairs Council
- Various think tanks in Washington, DC.