Working fifteen hours a week for a judge, state legislator, or governmental agency not only offers three hours of credit, but it also offers a glimpse into the world of governmental work and helps in networking. Internships are best arranged after a student has successfully completed a relevant course – perhaps state and local government, political parties, or legislative process, for example. The Washington Center of Learning Alternatives offers a wonderful opportunity to work in Washington, DC, with a governmental agency, interest group, or news organization. Check out the internship opportunities and see an application form at www.twc.org. The cost of spending a semester in Washington is approximately the same as what you would pay if you were living on campus. The nine to twelve hours of credit that you earn all carry UT course numbers. The TWC experience involves working about 30 hours per week, taking a class on any of a dozen topics, and attending a one day a week speaker series. Placements of UT students in the last three years have included the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Environmental Protection Agency, Interpol, the Republican National Committee, U.S. Department of Justice, Department of Veterans’ Affairs, the White House, and a number of congressional offices. Some of these placements have resulted in jobs after graduation. The TWC campus liaison is Dr. Linda L. Smith of the Honors Program, 419.530.6039. Our department does limit our majors to a single internship course in their first thirty hours of political science. Additional internships can be taken once those thirty hours have been completed.
Those graduating in June or August might be interested in the Ohio Legislative Service Commission internship program, which places graduates in paid internship positions with the Ohio General Assembly.