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Political Science Local Internship-Research Program (LIRP)


The Department of Political Science invites talented students to participate in the Political Science Local Internship-Research Program (in its inaugural year).  Participants will receive advanced training in research methodologies and academic credit while working at a local internship.  The faculty adviser in charge of this program is Local Internship Director, Peter Galderisi (local-internship@ucsd.edu).     

Here’s How It Works:

Students will participate in a local (San Diego area) internship. In the winter or spring quarter, participants will enroll in the Local Internship in Political Science, POLI 197SD.

In the spring quarter, they will enroll in the Local Internship Research Seminar, POLI 194SD.  In the Research Seminar, students will write a 20-page paper under the direction of Professor Galderisi. The Internships are P/NP courses; the Research Seminar may be taken for a letter grade.

Here’s Who is Eligible:

Applicants must have:

  • passed at least 90 units
  • a 2.5 minimum cumulative GPA overall
  • a GPA of 3.0 or higher in political science
  • taken POLI 30
  • taken at least two upper-division political science courses

Here’s How it Will Count Towards the International Studies Major:


International Studies – Political Science Majors:

The Internship (POLI 197SD) will not count towards the International Studies - Political Science major but may be counted as credits towards graduation

  • Please check with your College to inquire how the internship units will apply to your overall graduation requirements.

The Research Seminar (POLI 194SD) will count as one upper-division Political Science Disciplinary Focus course for the major by petition.

  • Research Paper Topic: US Focus – If the focus of the research paper is on the United States, then this will count as one of the 3 restricted Political Science courses allowed for a Disciplinary Focus in Political Science.
  • Research Paper Topic: International Focus – If the focus of the research paper is at least 50% international (outside of the U.S.), then the course will count as a non-restricted Political Science major course.

International Studies – Anthropology, International Studies – Economics, International Studies – History, International Studies – Linguistics, International Studies – Literature & International Studies – Sociology Majors:

  • To participate, you will need to make sure you can meet the eligibility requirements (which may be difficult)
  • The Internship (POLI 197SD) will not count towards the International Studies major but may be counted as credits towards graduation
    • Please check with your College to inquire how the internship units will apply to your overall graduation requirements
  • The Research Seminar (POLI 194SD) has the potential to count as one upper-division Interdisciplinary Elective course for the major by petition
    • Research Paper Topic: International Focus – This paper MUST have an international focus to count as an Interdisciplinary Elective course. If the focus of the research paper is at least 50% international (outside of the U.S.), then the course will count as a non-restricted Political Science major course.

Types of Internships include:

  • Local congressional and state legislative field offices
  • Local governments, including mayoral, city council, and county commission offices; or
  • Interest groups and other NGOs (non-governmental organizations) that are locally based or that have local regional offices

Here’s How to Apply: 

  1. Download and complete the application form:  http://polisci.ucsd.edu/undergrad/courses/Internship%20Application%203.pdf
  2. Prepare a cover letter and resume
  3. Print your academic record
  4. E-mail the completed form with a cover letter, resume, and copy of your academic record to: local-internship@ucsd.edu
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