Our co-operative 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 HSS Co-op Office to secure a 12-16 week co-operative internship at a host organization.
Formal Program Requirements
- Students choosing the M.A. with co-operative internship must complete a minimum of 24 credit hours in political science graduate program courses of which 12 credit hours must be attained from POSC 6030 (6 credit hours), 602A/B and 6790. Further courses beyond the minimum number may be required, depending on the background and needs of the student.
The Co-operative Internship
For their final semester, students must identify and secure a 12 to 16-week co-operative internship in a position that is approved by the co-op office. In the months prior to the start of the work term students work closely with the Academic Staff Member in Co-operative Education and participate in a series of professional development activities to support the job search process.
Co-operative internships are normally paid, although compensation can vary. Students submit a series of short assignments during the work term and receive a grade based on the assignments and work term performance.
For further information on this program, please contact the co-op office.