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Lisa HuffstetlerI am the intern coordinator for the Department of Political Science. One of the largest programs we offer is the internship program with the Tennessee State Legislature. We send 16-20 students to Nashville during the spring semester where they are assigned to either a legislator or a committee and they spend the entire semester there learning about the legislative process. Virtually every intern will tell you it is a life changing experience, one of the best of their college careers. This program is good for students of all majors, not just political science. Anyone interested in politics will enjoy this experience!

—Lisa Huffstetler

Developing an Internship Program

Why should I offer internships?

Sponsoring an intern can...

  • Bring fresh ideas, talents and skills to your organization
  • Identify prospective employees to meet future staffing needs
  • Provide cost-effective recruitment and training
  • Enhance community/university relationships
  • Provide staff for special projects
  • Build a solid future for the local and regional community

How do I recruit interns?

  • There are several avenues for recruiting interns. The first step is to develop a description for your intern's role.
  • This posting will be sent to our eRecruiting network as well as appropriate academic departments.

What types of activities are appropriate for internships?

  • Planning and Implementing Special Projects
  • Developing Reports
  • Conducting Research
  • Marketing
  • Website Construction/Maintenance
  • Social Networking

Should internships provide academic credit for the intern?

  • With an approved learning contract, students may elect to receive academic credit for an internship experience.

Should internships provide monetary compensation for the intern?

  • Monetary compensation for internships varies with the discipline. For example, students in nursing and education typically receive no monetary compensation. Students in business and engineering typically receive monetary compensation which may vary within the particular field in the discipline.

How should I plan for a successful internship experience?

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