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PSC 375/376: Field Experience in Practical Politics

Participating in an internship is a great way to put classroom learning into practical experience. While engaged in the supportive environment of an internship, you can test career goals, enhance professional skills, develop self-reliance, self-esteem, and responsibility. Furthermore, these opportunities encourage networking with professionals and will provide increased marketability for employment after graduation.

Below are your two options for earning experiential credits. Please meet with your academic advisor before making a final decision regarding which option is best for you.

PSC 375/376: Field Experience in Practical Politics


  • Prerequisite: 12 credits in the social sciences with 6 credits in PSC
  • Permission of instructor


  • Field Experience in Practical Politics
  • 1 – 3 credits (S/U only)
  • Supervised experience in local, state, and national units of government, political organizations, private and public community agencies
  • Students must have placement description, faculty supervisor, and outline of academic component of experience prior to registration
  • Earn a maximum of 6 credits (S/U Only)


ITR302/304: Field Experience & Seminar


  • 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher
  • Minimum 60 credits prior to internship
  • Available free elective credits
  • Good academic and social standing


  • Earn between 6 – 15 free elective credits
  • ITR 302 (field experience) 3 – 12 credits (S/U Only)
  • ITR 304 (seminar) 3 credits (Graded)
  • Seminar offered online and in class (in class – spring only)


Explore Past Internship Opportunities

The following list is a SAMPLE of placements in which students have participated for experiential credits. This list is not exhaustive.

Rhode Island Internships

  • Aids Care Ocean State
  • Congressman Jim Langevin`s Office
  • Department of Attorney General
  • Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center
  • Greek Affairs, Office of Student Life
  • Narragansett Police Dept
  • Office of Lt. Govenor
  • Office of Sheldon Whitehouse
  • Providence City Council
  • Representative Michael Marcello
  • Rhode Island Dept of Health
  • RI Commission for Human Rights
  • RI State House
  • RI State Senate
  • URI Police Department
  • URI-Recreational Services

Out-Of-State Internships

  • Crosscare Eccles Street
  • DHL Developmental Hockey League
  • Haitian Family Organization
  • House Foreign Affairs Committee
  • Irvington Housing Authority
  • National Security Associates Worldwide
  • PLUS Entertainment
  • Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation
  • The JL Group
  • Washington Center Internship Program

Sources: Internship Placements from Fall 2010, Spring 2011, & Summer 2011, and Explore Internship Opportunities by Major Archives 2009-2011

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