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South Carolina Semester

The South Carolina Semester Internship Program affords students opportunities to work in state government while earning academic credit. 


The South Carolina Semester Program is a competitive internship program that affords students the opportunity to learn about South Carolina government operations through a 3 credit seminar class in the fall and an internship with a state agency in the spring. Students will earn academic credit for their internship.

The program supports students interning in state government and  a broad range of state agencies. Through this practical experience, students have the chance to witness firsthand the operation of state government and various facets of public service. This program is applicable to all majors.


The South Carolina Semester Program is open to all University of South Carolina -Columbia students with 1) a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or better and 2) sophomore, junior or senior classification based on the total number of hours earned at the University of South Carolina, credit transferred from other colleges, or AP/IB credit earned. Students must possess maturity and a strong work ethic to interact with state government officials and agency administrators as a representative of the South Carolina Semester Program.

Courses and Credits

The South Carolina Semester Program is a two semester commitment:

Fall Semester:
SCHC 333: S.C. Semester Seminar (3 credits)
Course attributes: Social Behavioral Science (Honors), GSS (Carolina Core)

Spring Semester:
SCHC 489: S.C. Semester Internship (3 credits)
Course attributes: Beyond the Classroom (Honors), Not Core

The S.C. Semester Seminar (SCHC 333) is completed in the fall, one semester prior to the S.C. Semester Internship (SCHC 489). The seminar dwells heavily on state government operations and policymaking processes. Students have the chance to discuss current issues with a range of guest speakers, including government officials and state agency administrators. The course will also guide students through their S.C. Semester Internship search.

The S.C. Semester Internship (SCHC 489) is completed in the spring. Students are required to work 15-20 hours per week throughout the spring semester and will complete academic coursework online. 


Students are required to work 15-20 hours per week (at internship site) throughout the spring semester.

Application Instructions

Complete online application here.

The application consists of

  1. Student information (name, USC ID, GPA, major, etc.)
  2. Personal statement regarding interest in the program and relevance to educational and career goals (500 words or less)
  3. Resume  

Questions? Contact Erica Elbery.

Internship Sites

Examples of recent internship sites include but are not limited to:

Appleseed Legal Justice Center   Governor’s Office
 Attorney General's Office  Lt. Governor’s Office

Bureau of Community Health and Chronic Disease Prevention

 Office of Regulatory Staff
 Department of Commerce  Retirement Investment System Commission
 Department of Education  Richland Soil and Water Conservation District
Department of Health and Environmental Control  Senate Judiciary Committee  
 Department of Natural Resources   SC State Museum
 House Democratic Caucus   SC Technical College System 
 House of Representatives   State Treasury Department
 Human Affairs Commission  SC Supreme Court


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