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M.A. Internship

M.A. with Internship (1 year program open to full time students)

Our internship stream is intended to provide students with practical work experience in public policy research and public administration. Students pursuing the expected program of study will complete two semesters of course work intended to provide them with a basic background in Political Science research. During these semesters they will also work with the department and University Co-op office to secure an internship placement at a host institution for a four month spring-summer work term.

Formal Program Requirements

  • Internship stream students must normally complete a minimum of 24 credit hours in graduate program courses (which normally are three "credit hours" each). Twenty-one credit hours are from required courses 6000, 6010, 6031, 6790 and 6030 (6 credits), and a subfield survey (one of 6100, 6200, 6300, 6400, 6500, 6600, or 6700).
  • Each student choosing this option will complete, normally in the Spring Semester, a one-semester, full-time internship, 6030, with a political organization, government agency, or voluntary agency. Students registering for 6030 must also register for its co-requisite, 6031. The placement must normally be approved by the Department.
  • Further courses beyond the minimum number may be required, depending on the background and needs of the student.

Internship Stream: Suggested Program of Study

Required Courses




Internship (6030)


Elective courses One elective (6xxx) course* One elective (6xxx) course*  
Research work      
    Additional courses
as required by department

*One of these electives must be a subfield survey course - 6100, 6200, 6300, 6400, 6500, 6600, or 6700

The Internship Placement

Students choosing the internship option will work with the department during the Fall and Winter semesters to find an appropriate placement for the Spring semester (May to August). Students are required to cooperate with placement officers from the Co-op office in developing their resume and preparing for interviews. During the Spring semester these students will undertake a full-time, twelve-week internship (POSC 6030) with a government agency, political party, or not-for-profit organization with a public affairs focus. While most placements have been made with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, a wide range of possibilities are open to students, including working outside of St. John's.

These placements are normally paid, although compensation can vary. While doing the internship, students also enroll in POSC 6031, Applied Political Research, in which they produce a major paper (40 pages, roughly 12,000 words) that applies Political Science concepts and methods to an issue related to their placements.

For further information, please contact our Graduate Coordinator. Internship students may also wish to contact Rebecca Newhook, Co-operative Education Coordinator at 864-4098 or by email at rnewhook[at]mun[dot]ca