Requirements for 3 Credit Internships:

  1. Must have a 2.0 GPA and have completed 60 credit hours (junior status).
  2. Be registered for an internship class and pay tuition. After you have been accepted for an internship email the intern coordinator, Ebony Dawkins and she will issue you a permit for the class.
  3. Work 150 hours during the semester. This must be verified by a supervisor and a detailed log with specific times and dates.
  4. At the end of your internship, your supervisor will fill out this evaluation form and return it to Ebony Dawkins.
  5. You must fill out this evaluation form and return it to Ebony Dawkins.

*It is your responsibility to turn these documents in to Professor Dawkins by the last day of the semester to receive credit.*

Political Science Internship Opportunities

Spring/Summer 2018 Internships:

Legislative Internship:

Every Spring semester, the university sends approximately twenty students to Nashville to serve as interns in the Tennessee General Assembly.  Students live and work in Nashville where they are assigned to work for a representative or senator responsible for lawmaking in our State.  Duties generally include attending committee meetings, tracking bills through the calendar, constituent service, etc. This is a great opportunity to view politics first-hand!

Students will earn a minimum of 12 college-credit hours at the 4000 level for approximately 600 working hours over the course of the Spring semester.  To help defray the costs of living in Nashville, students earn approximately $400/week.

Eligible students will have a minimum of 60 credit hours by the end of the Fall semester to apply for the following Spring legislative session, with a minimum 2.0 GPA.  Students in all majors are encouraged to apply for this opportunity. Application materials for the Spring 2018 legislative session are available below.

For more information, please stop by the Tennessee Legislative Internship Program booth at the university's Internship Fair on September 13, 2017. You can also request further information by emailing Ebony Dawkins at endawkns@memphis.edu.

Application Instructions:

Students will need to submit the following items, via email to endawkns@memphis.edu, by October 2, 2017:

  1. Application
  2. Autobiography (Brief, one-page autobiographical statement)
  3. Transcript – Please be sure these files are not password protected.
  4. Appraisal #1
  5. Appraisal #2
  6. Resume

 

 

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Representative/Senator Intern Positions:

Interns working in any of these three offices will handle constituent service, fielding opinions from constituents, research as well as other office duties. To apply for any of these positions send a resume, transcript (unofficial), and writing sample to Ebony Dawkins.

Representative Steve Cohen
The Clifford Davis/Odell Horton Federal Building
167 North Main Street, Suite 369
Memphis, TN 38103

Representative Stephen Fincher
5384 Poplar Avenue, Suite 410
Memphis, TN 38119

Senator Bob Corker
100 Peabody Place, Suite 1125
Memphis, TN 38103


Washington Center:

The Washington Center (TWC) for Internships and Academic Seminars is a highly competitive internship program in Washington, DC that includes an internship, academic coursework and real-life experiences in the nation's capital. Through the Tennessee of Board Regents (TBR), up to five (5) University of Memphis students are eligible to receive up to $5,000 in scholarships. An additional $1,250is contingent upon students staying in TWC housing and comes directly from The Washington Center. Visit http://www.twc.edu/ to learn more about the program. For scholarship and application information, contact the Campus Liaison, Yolanda Dillard, at (901) 678-5634 or e-mail ydillard@memphis.edu.


Urban Fellows Program:

The UFP is a year-round initiative that offers local college students the opportunity to intern with various divisions of the City of Memphis Government. The program serves primarily to enhance the interaction of area college students with the City, advancing the purpose of getting students to consider employment after graduation. Departments could include Human Resources, Executive Division (Governor's Office), Public Works, Law, and Police.

This is an unpaid internship. The enrolled fellows will intern or work with the City of Memphis for ten (10) hours or more per week for one (1) semester. Fellows will also have regularly scheduled mentoring sessions throughout the semester and present a final report on their particular project covered. All fellows may receive college credit for their program participation if this is agreed upon with the educational agency.

Interested students should apply online at www.memphistn.gov. You must select "Career Opportunities" and follow the prompts to "Register" to proceed with the Urban Fellows application. Feel free to view the Urban Fellows video on YouTube to hear from past participants.

For questions, you may contact Linda Delaney by email.


Caissa Public Strategy:

Caissa Public Strategy works with non-profit agencies, government entities, and corporations to ensure that they are pursuing the best possible plan for achieving success. Caissa focuses on developing relationships between organizations and their key targets and stakeholders. Caissa conducts research, creates action plans, and solves problems for organizations that are seeking strategic change. The student will learn how to interact with non-profits, government agencies, and legislative bodies on the local, state and federal levels. Intern responsibilities may include but are not limited to: maintaining and creating blog content; researching potential blog topics and content; maintaining Caissa's social media sites; coordinating social media campaigns; working on press releases and earned media pieces; supportive services for everyday tasks; and coordinating volunteer and community outreach for special projects. This is a paid opportunity. Stipends will be commensurate with experience and activities assigned. To apply, students should send resumes and writing samples to Brandy Sims.