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 or for information about the History internship program contact Dr. David Benac at

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


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 internship.

If interested, please contact Dr. David Benac at