The internship focuses on applying analytical skills to a real issue confronting the host organization. The students have the skills and knowledge necessary to ask appropriate questions and conduct research related to: public policy formulation and analysis, planning, and interpreting legislation. Students take courses in political science concepts and methods, applied political research, politics, and administration and can choose from a number of specialized courses including:
Work assignments vary from unstructured situations where students work toward objectives and deadlines, to positions with tasks and procedures that are well defined. Co-operative Education Co-ordinators can advise in structuring work terms and job descriptions to meet both student and employer needs. Employers are encouraged to challenge students in order to optimize both learning and employer benefits.
To develop communications and other management skills, students complete a work report on a work-related topic. The report will demonstrate the intern’s understanding of the project and how his/her involvement fits into the project as a whole. Reviewed by the employer and evaluated by the university, the report is significant in the overall evaluation of the student. The topic may be chosen by the student with the employer’s agreement or assigned by the employer. The use of employer facilities and the allocation of time for the report are at the discretion of the employer. Steps can be taken to protect confidentiality where required.