Students complete 45 hours of experiential work for each semester hour. Students typically work in a governmental office responsible for administering public policy on the national, state, or local level or in the office of a non-profit organization. Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration are strongly encouraged to enroll for three hours and students pursuing the Bachelor of Science are encouraged to enroll in six hours. Students pursuing the BS must complete a minimum of three hours of internship credit. The directing faculty member must approve the internship placement. Grades are assigned as S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory). Prerequisites: POSC 111, PADM/POSC/MGMT 311, junior standing, minimum 2.5 GPA at time of registration.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
PADM/POSC/MGMT 311, POSC 111, junior standing, minimum 2.5 GPA at time of registration of internship.
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Offered Fall and Spring.
To promote personal skills and work values.
To explore career options in areas related to public administration.
To promote learning through practical experience.
To increase personal understanding of the public sector as an enhancement to classroom understanding.
Demonstrate relationship of internship activity to public administration coursework.
Demonstrate increased personal understanding of the administrative process as a consequence of internship activities.
Locate appropriate internship with help of appropriate faculty and career services coordinator
Complete internship contract with guidance from faculty member and career services internship coordinator
Complete internship orientation prior to beginning of internship
Complete 45 clock hours of internship work for each hour of academic credit (135 hours for three semester hours)
Complete all work as agreed upon in the internship contract.
Periodically reporting to supervising faculty member
Submit a final report on the internship to include a weekly journal of internship activities, a reflection on the internship provider and its role in government (whom the provider serves, how it achieves its goals, its role in society, etc.) and a personal evaluation of the internship experience
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical
outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.