University of Utah
Policitcal Science 592
Political Internship

Additional requirments to recieve service-learning credit

You may want to show these requirements to your supervisor at your internship. He or she may be able to help you explore possible issues and find relevant information.

Credit Available:

Up to 5 academic credits can be counted toward Scholars requirements. If counting academic credit, up to 50 hours can count toward 400 hours of service If not counting academic credit, up to 100 hours can count toward 400 hours. Credit should be worked out in advance with Scholars staff (Ren,e and Linda).

Registering:
Get index number from Pat Ryan that will register you for service-learning credit.

Requirements:
1) one page expectation paper;
2) focused work on an issue;
3) journal;
4) 3-5 page reflection paper;
5) pre- and post- meeting with scholars who are interns the same quarter.

  1. One page expectation paper: Before your internship starts or before you leave for Washington D.C. turn in a one page paper on what you expect to learn from your internship. This should include what sort of issues you expect to encounter, what sorts of people you expect to meet/work with. This should include both positive and negative expectations.
  2. Focused work on an issue: The first week or two of your internship, identify an issue with which your office works. This issue will be a central part of the rest of your internship, so make sure it is something that you are interested in as well as something to which you will have access. For example, if you will be working for a representative, you may want to choose the central issue of one bill that will be sponsored while you are there. You will be expected to analyze this issue in regards to the impact that the issue has on peoples lives. How does the policy you are working with impact different people/populations? Who are the people behind the statistics and numbers? What difference does it have on people's lives? Ideally, you will arrange to meet people affected by the policy or law. For example a citizens' lobbying group, residents at a homeless shelter, or kids at a Head Start program.

If your internship does not place you in direct contact with issues, seek them out. For example, if you are at the Supreme Court, find out what the court is hearing/deciding on. The focus on an issue is to help you take an active role in your learning and encourage you to seek opportunities for learning.

3) Journal: You will need to keep a journal and write in it two to three short entries per week. You will turn in your journal, but remember it will only be read by Ren,e or Linda unless you specifically approve for others to see it. Confidential information will be treated as such. Journal entries should focus mainly on two things: your findings about the issue, and your overall experience as an intern. The first week must address what issue you chose and why. What do you expect to learn from focusing on the issue? What is your hypothesis of how the policy or issue affects people?

In subsequent weeks document information you find about the issue, how you found the information (who did you talk to, where did you go), what did you feel about it, did it challenge or reinforce your expectations? How will this new information change your behavior related to this issue in the future? How does what you learned in the internship relate to a class, academic experience, or community issue?

Other questions (these should be used as jumping off points for you; they do not all need to be answered): Patterns of behavior and insights about the meaning of the things that happen. Try on different roles: your supervisor, a client, an opponent, a supporter, a constituent, someone directly affected by legislation or policy.

Insightful quotes you hear in your experience. Questions provoked by your placement.
Your feelings about what is happening. Are you afraid, unsure,

shocked, pleased, flattered, and why. What do you feel about the people and events you observe? Note any relationship between your feelings and the beliefs you are

developing through the internship. Specialized vocabulary you have learned. What would your day have appeared like to a visitor?

     What are the causes of problems you see/saw?
     What did the body language of people tell you?
     What was the best/worst thing that happened today?
     What impact do you think you are having on society as a whole?
     What are some solutions to problems you see?

4) 3-5 page reflection paper: This should synthesize your experience with the issue you selected. You should cover why you chose the issue, what you discovered about it, and particularly, how the outcomes affect the population(s) involved with it. Use your journal as the springboard for this. You may want to go back and read your journal and extract parts of it for this paper. This needs to be turned in within three weeks of the end of your internship.

5) Meeting with other Scholars: Pre-internship: After the meeting of interns hosted by the Hinckley Institute, Scholars who will be taking the internship for service-learning credit will meet briefly. This will help you know who else will have similar requirements and experiences.

Post-internship: At the beginning of the quarter following your internship, you and other Scholars who did internships the same quarter will meet to discuss the experience.

                                        Date: Thu, 13 Feb 1997 09:33:48 MST
                                        From: Renee Buchanan [RBUCHAN@ssb1.saff.utah.edu]