Requirements for 3 Credit Internships:

  • Students seeking academic internship credit in Political Science must have both a minimum 2.0 GPA and have completed 60 credit hours (junior status) at the time of application for credit.
  • Students seeking internship credit must email Prof. Ebony Dawkins at endawkns@memphis.edu to request an application for internship credit.
  • At a minimum, students must work 150 working hours during the semester to be eligible for 3 academic credit hours in POLS 4231. Students may earn 6 credit hours in one semester for POLS 4231, based on the working hours to be completed.
  • Students granted a permit to register for the academic internship course will receive notification via their university email including the CRN for which the student may register and an internship packet with all documents for which the student is responsible to submit to successfully complete the internship course.
  • To be eligible to receive academic credit for an internship experience, students must register for the internship course, POLS 4231, and pay tuition for the credit hours.
  • Students receiving academic internship credits in Political Science should be aware that the grades earned for the course are “S” for Satisfactory or “U” for Unsatisfactory. For information on how these grades may affect your GPA, please view the Registrar’s website.
  • At the end of the semester in which you are registered for academic internship credit, all of the documents in the internship packet must be submitted via eCourseware.

*It is the student’s responsibility to submit all documents by the appropriate due date to receive academic credit for their internship experience.*


 Legislative Internship:

Tennessee General Assembly InternshipEvery 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, senator, or legislative committee responsible for lawmaking in our State. Interns will be assigned to legislative leadership offices and committees and will be expected to devote full time to their legislative duties during the term of their appointments, adapting to the legislative schedule. Duties will vary from office to office, but will include bill analysis, constituent work, research and general office work. This is a great opportunity to view the process of State 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 earned 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 2021 legislative session are available below.

Application Instructions:

Students will need to submit their application materials via email to Prof. Ebony Dawkins at legislativeinternship@memphis.edu, by Friday, October 2, 2020.

Interviews with Prof. Dawkins (the Faculty Representative) for the Legislative Internship will be conducted via Zoom by invitation only on October 8, 2020; October 13, 2020; October 15, 2020; and October 20, 2020.

NOTE: All documents should be submitted as PDF files. Please send all documents in one email. File names should include the applicants full name. (Example: TonyTigerAutobiography.pdf)

Visit the Tennessee General Assembly website for full details.

tlip Tennessee General Assembly Internship

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.