Internships & Service Learning

Political Science and Public History Internships are available through the Department
of History and Political Sciences.

For more information regarding the Political Science internship program contact the
department at [email protected] or for information about the History internship program contact Dr. David Benac at
[email protected].

Political Science 470

Credit 3 hours Prerequisite: A minimum grade point average of 2.7 overall and 3.0
in political science. The basic goal of this course is to enhance and enrich the educational
experience of motivated students by providing practical work experience in a legislative
or administrative setting. In short, students are to merge theory and praxis. An opportunity
for students to learn about government and politics from the viewpoint of a participant.

Interns must work a minimum of 20 hours per week during a regular semester, a minimum
of 40 hours per week during a summer semester, at times mutually agreeable to the
individual and the agency. Any reading and paper requirements must be satisfied.

All grade requirements and criteria will be established ahead of time by the faculty
internship coordinator. Course may be taken twice for a maximum of 6 credit hours.
Each instance may be substituted for 3 required credit hours in a particular subfield
of political science at the 400 level, though there can be no such substitution for
Poli. 490. Offered every semester upon sufficient demand. 

If interested, please contact the department at [email protected]


Public History 637

The Public History Internship Program is one of the most exciting aspects of the public
history curriculum at Southeastern Louisiana University. Each student is required
to complete one semester-long internship (also available during summer semesters)
and has the opportunity to complete two.

At present the Office of State Parks, the New Orleans Notarial Archives, and the Historic
New Orleans Collection have agreed to host graduate-student interns. During these
internships, students will perform the professional duties of full-time employees
in the host institutions.

Upon completion of the public history program, former interns will have acquired invaluable
skills and professional contacts, thus smoothing their transition into the job market.
In addition, interns receive stipends and tuition waivers during the semester of their

If interested, please contact Dr. David Benac at [email protected]