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Academic Internship Programs

Academic Internship Programs

Washington Program in National Issues (WPNI)

Each spring the Political Science Department and the KSU Alumni Office sponsor WPNI. Qualified juniors and seniors spend the entire semester in Washington, D.C., where they participate in an internship; attend briefings with government, corporate, and interest group officials; and engage in individualized research. Although open to students regardless of major, political science students particularly benefit from the first-hand experiences provided by the program. Students earn 15 upper-division hours of Political Science credit for the semester. Kathleen Loughry, our Program Assistant can supply a descriptive brochure and application forms in the Political Science Dept.

Professor Richard Robyn is the WPNI Director, and interested students should contact him to learn more about the program (330-672-8944, e-mail: rrobyn@kent.edu).

Columbus Program in Intergovernmental Issues (CPII)

The Columbus Program in Intergovernmental Issues is a Fall semester program. Qualified juniors and seniors spend the entire semester in the state capital, Columbus, where they participate in an internship; attend briefings with government, corporate, and interest group officials; engage in individualized research.  Although open to students regardless of major, political science students particularly benefit from the first-hand experiences provided by the program. Students earn 15 upper-division hours of Political Science credit for the semester.  Kathleen Loughry, our Program Assistant can supply a descriptive brochure and application forms in the Political Science Dept.

Professor Vernon Sykes is the CPII Director, and interested students should contact him to learn more about the program (330-672-8948, e-mail: vsykes@kent.edu).

Students occasionally come across internship opportunities at places such as the Congressional offices, local political offices, think tanks, political party organizations, or political interest groups.  Depending on the nature of the duties involved in the internship, it may be possible to earn academic credit (up to three hours) for the internship. If you came across such an opportunity and want to find out more earning academic credit for it, email Dr. Julie Mazzei the Undergraduate Studies Coordinator.

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