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Placement Interests Questionnaire

While the course instructor assists in the process of linking employers and students it is ultimately students who will secure an internship placement. There is therefore an onus on each student to be polite yet determined in communicating with potential employers – no different than what so often happens with recent university graduates seeking out an unadvertised job. They also need to be well prepared for their interview to ensure that they get the job and observe high standards of professionalism while working.

Instructions: Students interested in enrolling in POSC 4600 are requested to email the course administrator with answers to the following questions at the start of the registration period.

1. Name

2. Major/Minor

3. Have you completed at least 5 courses in Political Science with a minimum average of 70% in those courses? The instructor will need to confirm this eligibility by reviewing your transcript.

4. What has been your highest final grade in a Political Science course? What was your lowest grade? What courses were they and in what semester(s)/year(s)?

5. Have you reviewed an example of the POSC 4600 course syllabus?

6. If you are granted permission to enroll in POSC 4600, do you agree to actively monitor your MUN email account, and to respond promptly to communication from the course instructor and/or employer?

7. Please rank the top three organizations in the St. John's area where you would ideally like to be accepted as a Political Science intern. At least one of your options should be a potential new employer that you have brainstormed yourself that does not appear on our list of past employers.

8. When was the last time that you had your resume critiqued? If you haven't done so recently you should initiate this with Career Development and Experiential Learning.

9. Once a student is registered in the course, the instructor attempts to put the student in touch with an employer, but it is up to the student to pass an interview and secure a placement offer. In the past some candidates have failed to secure a placement because the employer felt they were inadequately prepared for the job interview. Career Development and Experiential Learning offers services and resources in interview readiness and career development. Do you feel that you would benefit from participating in a mock interview or an interview skills session and that such a meeting should be arranged? Why or why not?

10. Are you aware that when you meet with an employer that you will need to bring a copy of the "Learning, Confidentiality and Professional Conduct" Agreement and the work log form?

11. Sometimes computer-generated email addresses can look like spam to potential employers. Have you created a 'nice' email name for your MUN account so that you can make it more personalized and employers can recognize your emails? (Instructions for how to do this can be found via Computing & Communications)

12. Is there anything else that the course instructor should know about your suitability for POSC 4600?

(last updated December 2011)