PROGRAMS AND INTERNSHIPS
COLORADO LEGISLATIVE INTERNSHIP
The Colorado General Assembly is in session every year from January to May. For over 40 years, students from Colorado State University have travelled down to Denver on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the spring semester to assist and support our elected leaders at the Capitol, for many years under the tutelage of Dr. John Straayer. Graduates of the program (over 1,100 alumni) have gone on to leadership positions (both elected and administrative) with local, state, and federal government agencies/organizations.
- Placement opportunities include House and Senate members, the Governor’s legislative liaison’s office, or with a lobbyist.
- Internship duties include research, communication with constituents, attendance at committee hearings, clerical work, reviewing pending legislation, and more.
- Students from all majors and colleges are eligible to apply to the program. Preference is given to graduating seniors, then upperclassmen with strong academic records. Applications are posted and due in October the semester before.
- Academic assignments include a daily professional journal, semester-end paper, and daily reading of legislative reporting, for a total of (6) academic credits.
Students from all majors may apply. It is good to have some social science or political science course background, but one need not be a Political Science major. Preference is given to graduating seniors, and then to juniors with excellent records. As good performance and absolute reliability are critical in the legislature, those qualities are paramount when considering applicants.
Students enroll in six academic credits (POLS 486A). Three of the six credits may count towards the Political Science major. Interns who have not previously taken POLS 304 Legislative Politics must enroll in that course as well. Academic assignments include (1) maintenance of a daily journal; (2) completion of a semester-end paper; and (3) daily reading of legislative reporting in the printed news. Grading is by letter grade, plus-minus, and is based upon the quality of the journal and paper, appraisal by the legislators, attendance at any meeting called on campus or in the capitol, and reliability.
Schedule and Attendance
The internship begins in mid-January and runs to the end of the semester. Students meet on campus at 7:20 am and depart from the Capitol at 4:00 pm. In instances of bad weather and dangerous road conditions, we do not attempt the trip to Denver.
The performance and appearance of interns makes a statement about themselves and about Colorado State University. They must conduct themselves in responsible fashion, be courteous, dependable and prompt, and dress professionally. Similarly, they may expect others to treat them with courtesy and respect. While interns retain their rights of expression as citizens they may not, as per legislature rules, lobby, testify before committees or function as reporters.
Interns may travel in university vans, or provide their own transportation through self-generated car pools or personal vehicles. Those who travel in university vans pay a transportation fee.
The Spring 2021 application will be available September 2020.
For more information
Contact Dr. Robert Duffy
NORTHERN COLORADO LOCAL GOVERNMENT: INTERNSHIP AND PRACTICUM
The Department of Political Science partners with the Cities of Fort Collins, Greeley, Windsor, and Loveland, as well as Larimer County to provide a limited number of internship opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Specific projects vary depending on City needs and student interests.
- Political Science majors receive priority, however, all majors are accepted
- Must complete POLS 103
- Must be a Junior or Senior
- 3.0 GPA or higher
Students enroll in up to six academic credits (POLS 486B). Three of the six credits may count towards the Political Science major. Students are expected to work 50 hours per credit. Academic assignments include (1) maintenance of a daily journal and (2) completion of a semester-end paper.
The performance and appearance of interns makes a statement about themselves and about Colorado State University. They must conduct themselves in responsible fashion, be courteous, dependable, prompt, and dress professionally. Similarly, they may expect others to treat them with courtesy and respect.
Students interested in the Northern Colorado Local Government Internship program need to:
- Complete an internship questionnaire detailing their interests and experience. This will help the Department of Political Science match students with appropriate projects.
- Email a writing a sample and a resume to Dr. Susan Opp. Documents can also be dropped off to Dr. Opp in Clark B348, or to the Political Science Department office in Clark C346.
Most internship placements are made in the weeks prior to the fall and spring semesters. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis.
For more information
Contact Dr. Susan Opp
The Straayer Center for Public Service Leadership, in partnership with the City of Fort Collins and Larimer County, has developed a new senior capstone in local government, which is offered during fall semesters. The course is taught almost entirely offsite at the City and County, with presentations by - and panels with – elected officials and administrative staff from both organizations. Students complete 10 weeks of on-site study and five weeks of an applied project.
CSU IN D.C.
About the Internship
The CSU Straayer Center for Public Service Leadership with the Department of Political Science have collaborated with The Washington Center (TWC) to create an undergraduate semester in Washington D.C. Students will enroll in 15 credits through CSU (see courses below) and complete a professional internship, seminar, and colloquium while in D.C. CSU enrolls up to 10, upper-level undergraduate students in this program. The program is open to students in all colleges and majors. Selection is made using a set of competitive criteria (interview, writing/communication, GPA, letter of faculty recommendation, etc.) by an internal review committee.
About the Washington Center
The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars is an independent, nonprofit organization serving hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C. for academic credit. The largest program of its kind, The Washington Center has 90 full-time staff and more than 50,000 alumni, many of whom are in leadership positions in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Institutions partner with The Washington Center to help recruit and retain strong students, provide substantive internships and academic seminars to students from all majors, and offer their students the opportunities that will propel graduates towards successful careers. Students live in TWC housing, which includes a shared apartment unit located near Capitol Hill and Union Station. Units are two bedroom, two bathroom apartments that house four people. All apartments are furnished with utilities, basic cable, and wireless internet, and also include housewares (pots, pans, coffee maker, eating utensils, plates, drinking glasses, etc.) – a washer and dryer in each unit, iron and ironing board, and amenities such as a fitness center, computer lab, career services, and a 24/7 concierge service.
D.C. Semester CSU Courses
- POLS 487: Washington D.C. Internship
Students complete a 3-4 day a week full-time professional internship (9 credits).
- POLS 392: Washington D.C. Seminar
Students take a seminar style course at the Washington Center main campus (3 credits).
- POLS 496: Washington D.C. LEAD Colloquium Study
Students take a LEAD Colloquium and submit a professional portfolio upon completion of the program (3 credits).
Student Open House Dates
Deadline for Spring Term 2021: September 28, 2020
Deadline for Summer Term 2021: January 25, 2021
Deadline for Fall Term 2021: March 22, 2021