The Department of Political Science has established an internship (practicum) program for graduate and undergraduate students. Government, NGO and private-sector placements are eligible. It is not expected that interns will receive payment for work undertaken during their placement, although sponsoring organizations are free to offer remuneration if they wish.
Internships consist of a minimum of 150 hours of work as an intern. The course consists primarily of a major research project based on the internship. The major project shall ordinarily consist of a research paper related to the student’s placement.
Internship placements can be arranged in any term, or may stretch over two terms; the Department expects that many will be completed over the summer months. Because of the heavy workload involved, students should be wary of coupling an internship course with a full course load.
Students wishing to undertake an internship must submit a formal proposal to this effect, well in advance of the proposed internship starting date. This proposal must be approved by the full-time faculty member who has agreed to supervise the internship, the Arts Internship Office, the Department, and the Internship Advisor (for undergraduates) or the student’s graduate advisor (for graduate students). Please submit the Faculty of Arts Internship Course Credit Approval Form (available here) to the administrative office of the department.
The proposal must include the following information:
- An outline of the proposed internship, including specific discussion of “learning goals”, “activities”, and “means of evaluation”
- A description of the organization with which the student will be working including the name of the supervisor to whom the student will be accountable
- A letter indicating the willingness of the responsible person and sponsoring agency to assume the task of supervision
- A proposal for an associated research project. As noted above, this will ordinarily take the form of a lengthy research paper, researched during the internship, and equivalent in length and quality to that produced in an independent reading course
Students must also satisfy requirements established by the Arts Internship Office, found in the Handbook for Faculty of Arts Interns (found here).
A grade for the internship will be assigned by the faculty supervisor based on:
- The quality of the research paper. This will ordinarily be worth 50% of the course grade, and will be graded by the faculty supervisor.
- The quality of the written work materials, such as work diary, copies of memoranda, correspondence, or papers produced; or a shorter paper assessing the learning value of the internship. This will ordinarily be worth 25% of the course grade, and will be graded by a faculty supervisor.
- A performance assessment. This will ordinarily be worth 25% of the course grade, and shall be provided by the student's supervisor at the sponsoring organization.
Click here to access the database of internship opportunities. Please note that a valid McGill ID and Minerva Pin are required to access the database.
For information about course credit: Professor Leonardo Baccini (leonardo.baccini [at] mcgill.ca)