Internship credit will fulfill my major requirements
This is not always the case. Most internships are for 3-9 credits, yet
at most 3 credits will count towards the GVPT major requirements. The remaining
credits count towards electives that you need to reach the 120 credits required
for graduation. It's best to save some elective credit for internships.
I have an internship which means I can receive credit
Not true! Not all internships are acceptable for credit. All avenues
for receiving credit require permission and often have deadlines the semester
prior to the start of your internship.
I have a job that takes a lot of time; I can receive credit for it
We understand that many students have significant financial obligations
for their education, however, unless your current job is related to political
science and includes substantive work in the area you may not use this for internship
credit through GVPT.
I didn't receive credit while interning but I can earn the credit
Sorry, once you have completed your internship experience you will no
longer be able to earn credit.
I can receive unlimited credit for internships
The university does not allow more than 12 credits of internship (in
any department) to count towards the 120 needed for graduation. The GVPT department
limits internship credit counting towards our requirements to 6 credits (remember
only graded credit applies to our requirements).
There are three ways students may obtain GVPT credits for an internship experience:
- The Capitol Hill Internship
- The Public Policy Internship Program
- The Maryland Internship Program
The Capitol Hill Program involves working approximately 20 hours weekly in
a Congressional office and paricipating in weekly seminars on campus.
Internship Admission is extremeley competitive and requires strict
standards of a 3.0 overall GPA, 56 credits earned, and GVPT major. Please note,
deadlines for GVPT internship programs are the semester prior to the internship.
In addition there is pre-requisite course work that must be completed in order
to be accepted into the internship programs, so students should plan ahead. Students
interested in specific details should pick up the internship information sheets
available outside of the advising office.
The Career Center - (3121) Hornbake
Library) (301) 314-72225 : The Career Center has a number of services including:
- Terp On-Line: a database of organizations with part-time, full-time and intern
- Career Center Resource Room: The resource room has more general information
on various career fields. This type of information is great to narrow down the
various options for types of internships you might want to look for. Don't be
afraid to contact an organization that interests you and ask them if they offer
internships or if they might consider the possibility. Just because an organization
hasn't sent a listing to the university doesn't mean a bright student couldn't
work for them.
GVPT Undergraduate Blog
GVPT E-Mail List: We announce a few truly great internship opportunities via
our GVPT newsletter. If you don't have an account or don't check your e-mail
- START, you won't believe the opportunities you're not hearing about! To get
onto the list send an e-mail to GVPT Advising at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GVPT Advising Office : (3104 Tydings Hall) We keep info on some internships
via the bulletin board and file cabinet outside the GVPT Advising Office, however
we try and send everything that comes to our office to the Career Center - so
make sure to visit them for complete listings.
Internship Opportunities: We receive information about internships continuously
and will post links to them here regularly.