The Department of Government
The Department of Government

Research Internship

The Department of Government has created a Research Internship course in which undergraduate students may receive credit for working as research assistants on faculty research projects. Students who successfully complete their Research Internship will receive three hours of credit (GOV 362L), which will count toward the major. Students, however, may not count more than six hours of internship credit toward the major.

Faculty and students who participate in this program must comply with the following requirements:

  1. Research Interns must work between 7-10 hours per week for the entire semester (10 weeks in Summer and 15 weeks in Fall or Spring). This includes the meeting times with faculty.
  2. Faculty must meet with the Research Intern on a weekly basis to discuss the assigned tasks.
  3. Faculty must assign the Research Intern substantive research responsibilities, rather than purely clerical tasks. Examples of appropriate research tasks include creating annotated bibliographies, transcribing interviews, performing statistical analyses, conducting literature searches, checking references, and coding, entering, and formatting data.
  4. Faculty must assign letter grades to the Research Intern at least three times during the course of the semester and convey those grades promptly to the student. The student must also receive a letter grade for his or her work at the end of the semester.
  5. Research Interns may only receive credit for work performed during the semester in which they are enrolled in the course.

If you are interested in participating in this program during the Summer or Fall 2021 semester, please fill out the application here by October 22nd, 2021. Please note: you can only take GOV 362L one time. 

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