Grove City College
recognizes that internships are an asset in job preparation, job
placement, career planning, and providing a better understanding of your
major. Practical experience in the workplace is not only an education in
itself; it is also increasingly demanded by potential employers in today's
marketplace. Students need the opportunity to take advantage of the
education, practical experience, and resume potential which only
internships can provide. An extensive variety of internship opportunities,
therefore, are provided across the curriculum, and all eligible students
are encouraged to participate in them whenever possible.
experiences may range between one to six credit hours.
Students must work
a minimum of 60 hours for each credit earned, and some departments may
require more for each credit. Students should contact the department
coordinator for specific working hour requirements.
Departmental internships are available for a wide variety of majors
and are listed in the course descriptions under the number "480." The
Washington Internship Program requirements are outlined below.
Internships must be approved and registered
prior to the start of the experience. An internship fee will be charged
for each internship experience on a per-semester basis. If the
internship is registered during a fall or spring semester, the internship
credits will count toward a student's part-time or full-time status and
tuition will be charged accordingly in addition to the internshp fee. If the
internship credit hours extend the total semester's credit hours over 17 for a fall
or spring semester, there will be no "over 17 credits" fee incurred.
The Washington Internship Program has a different fee structure which is
While students may do internships purely for the
purpose of gaining experience and not for academic credit, the College can
certify only those internships done for academic credit under the
established programs and guidelines. A maximum of six hours of internship
credit may be used toward graduation requirements.
The College does not grant internship credit for
any experience in which a student is paid by the federal government, for
whatever reason. Conversely, if credit is granted by the College for an
internship, then a federal stipend may not be accepted by the student. In
no situation may a student accept federal money related to participation
in an internship and receive academic credit, as this is prohibited by
The Grove City College
Washington Internship Program provides students from any academic major
practical experience working in Washington D.C. while earning credit for
graduation. The program is available to qualified juniors and seniors and
counts for twelve credit hours for either the fall or spring semester. A
student may also earn up to three credit hours of independent study in the
fall/spring concurrent with his/her Washington D.C. experience, but not as
a substitute for an on-campus course offering.
Students enrolled in POLS 481 (Washington
Internship) will be required to complete a major research paper and an
Internship Folder. The paper should review professional literature
appropriate to the intern's area of specialization and comment on the
extent to which research activities undertaken on the job reflect the
state of knowledge treated in this review. The Internship Folder comprises
policy briefs of presentations made by speakers at seminars, public
hearings, congressional meetings, White House announcements, and other
official occasions in which public policy statements and discussions take
place. At least fourteen policy briefs are assigned each semester. Interns
maintain a log of activities at their place of work and retain copies of
documents illustrating research efforts and other assignments requested by
For students participating in the Washington
Internship Program, tuition during the fall and spring semesters is the
same as that charged for a full-time semester of study at Grove City
College. Interns are responsible for securing their own housing in
Washington D.C. and costs may vary. All inquiries about application forms,
deadlines, letters of recommendation, and other matters related to this
program should be directed to the Political Science Department Chair.