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Administrative Unit: History and Political Science Department
Course Prefix and Number: PADM 399
Course Title: Public Administration Internship
Number of:
Credit Hours 3-6
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 306
Catalog Description:

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.

Course Objectives
  • 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.
Measurable Learning
  • Demonstrate relationship of internship activity to public administration coursework.
  • Demonstrate increased personal understanding of the administrative process as a consequence of internship activities.
Topical Outline:
  • 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

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 1

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: David Roebuck Date: July 27, 2012
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.

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