M.A. Internship

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(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

  • Students choosing the M.A. with intership 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 (Intership), POSC 6031 (Applied Political Research, 6 credit hours), and POSC 6790 (Public Policy Process), and 3 credit hours must be attained from either POSC 6000 (Concepts) or POSC 6010 (Methods).
  • Each student choosing this option will complete, normally in the Spring Semester, a one-semester, full-time internship (POSC 6030) with a political organization, government agency, or voluntary agency. Students registering for POSC 6030 must also register for its co-requisite, POSC 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.

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.


Department of Political Science

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000