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Internship and Fellowship Opportunities

The Political Science Department offers students several "real world" experiences that can greatly enhance the theoretical lessons of the classroom.  These include the Ewing Fellowship, Capitol and Community Scholars, Carl Albert Undergraduate Research Fellowships, and academic credit for an internship you find on your own.

If you find an internship and would like to coordinate academic credit, please fill out the following application and submit to the Internship Coordinator, Professor Ann-Marie Szymanski at ams@ou.edu

Internship Application

Cortez A.M. Ewing Public Service Fellowship

Number Given: 4 | Amount: $500 travel grant and $4,000 grant for living expenses
Application Deadline: September 17, 2016

The Cortez A.M. Ewing Public Service Fellowship program annually sponsors summer internships in Washington, D.C. Ewing Fellowships include: $4,500 grant for living and travel expenses, additional scholarship assistance, if needed, and an academic credit option. Students receiving the awards serve as interns in congressional offices or public agencies for a period of 8-10 weeks. Any undergraduate student (sophomore standing or above) is eligible to apply, but students must be returning to campus the following year.

To find out more about the fellowship, visit our
Ewing Page

Applications & reference forms are generally due in mid-September. Further information can be obtained from Professor Tyler Johnson: tylerjohnson@ou.edu or Jamie Vaughn: jvaughn@ou.edu.

Capitol and Community Scholars

Students can enroll in the service-learning course offered as Community Scholars (Fall), in which students work in local agencies and nonprofits or Capitol Scholars (Spring), in which students work at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City, when the state legislature is in session.

Community Scholars

The Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center is pleased to offer Community Scholars, a public service learning opportunity. Approximately 15 undergraduate students from OU will be placed in community-based internships with nonprofit organizations or local government entities in and around Norman and Oklahoma City. The Community Scholars Program provides a unique learning opportunity for a cohort of undergraduates who will experience first-hand the dynamics of working within community-based organizations. The internship experience will be enriched through weekly seminars and briefings with leaders from the nonprofit sector.

Community Scholars will be placed in assignments with the various nonprofit organizations, community agencies or local government offices and be expected to work 20 hours a week. Community Scholars will develop professional experience and skills, gain insights into the dynamics of community organizations and learn how nonprofit organizations function and interact within their broader communities.

Internship: Each student will be required to work 20 hours per week at their internship site. Students may, at their option, enroll in 3 additional hours under PSC 3910 section 002 (Government Internship) or WS 4013 (Internship) options which requires no additional face-time in class.

P SC 4033: Community Scholars: A Service-Learning Course (3 hours) Friday afternoons. One of the unique aspects of the program will be the opportunity, on a weekly basis, to come together with the other Community Scholars for a seminar that is tailored to the program.

Costs: While there are no separate program fees required, students must enroll in P SC 4033 (the additional 3 hours of internship credit are optional). Internships will generally be unpaid, though financial aid may be available on a stipend basis and some internship-related costs may be reimbursed.


Community Scholar Application


Capitol Scholars

The Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center announces the Capitol Scholars Program, a public service learning opportunity. Approximately 15 OU undergraduate students will be placed in politics- and/or policy-related internships in and around the Oklahoma Legislature. The Capitol Scholars Program provides a unique learning opportunity for a cohort of undergraduates who will experience first-hand the process of public policymaking in the state of Oklahoma. The internship experience will be enriched through weekly seminars and briefings with state leaders.

Capitol Scholars will be placed in assignments with the Legislature, with state agencies, interest groups or the media and be expected to work about 20 hours a week. Capitol Scholars will develop professional experience and skills, gain insights into the Oklahoma legislative process and policy issues, and obtain intimate knowledge of the legislative session and state government.

Internship: Students will be placed in institutions and organizations that run the policy-making process for the State of Oklahoma. Each student will be required to work 20 hours per week. These half-time internships will be served in such places as: Oklahoma House, Oklahoma Senate, Legislative liaison offices of state agencies, Interest groups and associations, and Media outlets.

P SC 4033: Capitol Scholars: A Service-Learning Course (3 hours) Friday afternoons. One of the unique aspects of the program will be the opportunity, on a weekly basis, to come together with the other Capitol Scholars for a seminar that is tailored to the program. In addition to this required course, Capitol Scholars have the option of taking 3 additional hours under P SC 3910 section 002 (Government Internship), an option which requires no additional face-time in class.

Costs: While there are no separate program fees required, students must enroll in P SC 4033 (the additional 3 hours of P SC 3910 internship credit are optional). Internships will generally be unpaid, though financial aid may be available on a stipend basis and some internship-related costs will be reimbursed.


Capitol Scholar Application

Questions about these programs can be addressed to Michael Crespin

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Carl Albert Undergraduate Research Fellowships

Number Given: 6 | Amount: $1,600 paid in four installments
Application Deadline: Beginning of the Fall Semester

Carl Albert Center (CAC) fellowships offer students the opportunity to conduct collaborative research in politics and government with faculty members. In addition to engaging in original research with a mentor professor, fellows meet as a group twice monthly with Professor Michael Crespin, Associate Director of the Carl Albert Center, and guest speakers to discuss different research traditions.

The broad mission is to integrate students into the community of scholars. Students regularly take part in the various conferences and symposia sponsored by the Center. Many present their own research at professional scholarly meetings, and some have published their collaborative research in professional journals. This program is open to all University of Oklahoma undergraduate students, regardless of major. Interested students can contact the director of the program, Professor Michael Crespin (CAC, Room 101, Monnet Hall; 405-325-6372; crespin@ou.edu), for further information or go to the CAC website.  Applications are due September 8, 2016. 

 

Civic Engagement Fellowship

Each academic year, two to three undergraduate students are selected to pursue the Carl Albert Center’s efforts on-campus related to civic education and political engagement. Fellows earn a $1600 stipend for the academic year ($800 per semester). Hours per week vary, with some light weeks and some heavy weeks (i.e. the week of an election). In addition to ongoing efforts to register students to vote, Civic Engagement Fellows pursue civic engagement projects of their own. Past individual projects have included, among others, high school student voter registration, developing a Norman Youth Council, and developing programs to engage women in politics.

The Center pursues these and related activities as a member of the National Campaign for Civic and Political Engagement. The National Campaign is a consortium of 21 institutions pursuing projects in civic engagement. It is staffed by the Institute of Politics in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. To gain a flavor of the activities in this area, interested students and others are asked to read the following summary of our activities for the National Campaign.

For more information, please visit the CAC website.  Applications are generally due in April for the following academic year.