Dr. Theodore Yeshion
Department Internship Director
Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice
Office: 139 Hendricks Hall
235 Scotland Road
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Edinboro, PA 16444
Phone (814) 732-1594
Fax (814) 732-2118
Internships for Academic Credit
The Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice strongly encourage students in our B.A. programs to pursue some internship experience during their time at Edinboro. There are numerous benefits to conducting an internship. First, students gain valuable experience in their field of study, and get to see if they actually like what they plan to do as a career! Second, students gain a major-related work experience for their resume, which helps the student's marketability. Third, students network with professionals in their field, which helps when a student goes on the market and/or needs a professional reference.
The following web sites and documents are useful for learning about the internship process for students in criminal justice, political science, and pre-law:
- For helpful advice on arranging an internship, click here
- For a copy of the Department's Internship Manual, for use after your internship has been approved for academic credit, click here. The Manual describes the requirements for earning academic credit for an internship, and offers useful advice on how to make the most of one's internship opportunity.
- To access the application for earning academic credit for an internship through Edinboro University, visit the University's internship page.
For specific questions about internships in criminal justice, political science, or law, please contact the department internship director, Dr. Ted Yeshion in Hendricks 139, or the department chair, Dr. Elvage Murphy in Hendricks 146.
The internship application process
You can secure an internship for yourself at any time. If, however, you want to earn academic credit for your internship, there are a series of additional requirements you must meet.
First, figure out if you are qualified to earn academic credit for an internship experience. In order to qualify for an internship, a student must have already earned at least 60 academic credits. At least 16 of those credits must have been completed at Edinboro University.
In addition, successful applicants must have an overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 and a minimum 2.5 GPA in their major. If you are close to meeting those requirements, please consult the department internship director and/or the department chair to see if a special exemption might be made.
Note that, if a student does not meet the minimum grade requirements for an internship for academic credit, it is still in the student's long term interest to complete an internship experience, just not for academic credit.
Second, do some research into potential internship opportunities. After you have a couple of leads, and/or if you need some guidance about where to look for an internship, consult with your academic advisor, the internship director, or the department chair to determine if a potential internship placement would be appropriate. Some internship opportunities, for example, are too far afield from one's area of study; other 'internship' opportunities will be deemed insufficiently rigorous for earning academic credit.
Third, contact the agency with which you want to conduct an internship. Be sure to have a resume and list of references ready by the time you contact them. Remember, you are representing yourself and the University when you make inquiries into a potential internship, so always act as professionally as possible.
Fourth, if you find an agency that is interested in taking you on as an intern, work out how many hours you would work during your internship. The number of hours worked directly affects how many academic credits you can earn for your internship.
The basic formula is this: For every 37.5 hours you work (either per week or spread out over two or more weeks), you will earn one academic credit. So, for example, to earn 12 academic credits for your internship, you would need to work a total of 450 hours (37.5 hours x 12 = 450).
Fifth and sixth, fill out an application form with Edinboro University to have your internship count for academic credit, and attend a mandatory internship orientation session with the department internship director. Here is a sample POLI 395 or CRIM 395 application: click here
The deadline for submitting internship applications to the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice is as follows:
For summer internship placements, applications must be submitted on or before April 1st
For spring internship placements, applications must be submitted on or before November 1st
For fall internship placements, applications must be submitted on or before June 1st
Departmental orientation sessions are advertised on flyers in Hendricks Hall. You can also ask at the Department office when the next orientation session will take place.
Seventh, make sure that you can afford to conduct an internship. Most internships are unpaid-- although, in the long term, financially a very good career move. In addition, because students are earning academic credits for an internship, they must pay tuition and fees just as they would if they were taking normal courses.
Please be prepared to apply for a criminal background check and child abuse clearances should your prospective internship site require the same. Applications for a criminal back checks can be obtained via: Download the Criminal History Request Form - SP4-164. Child abuse clearances may be obtained via: Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance Form (CY-113).
Finally, in the event an agency requires a student to obtain insurance coverage as a condition of one's internship placement, coverage for professional liability may be available through the purchase of a RIDER from the student's parents' insurance company which may provide coverage for professional liability.
If the above option is not available, insurance may be acquired through the purchase of a student membership with the American Psychological Association (APA). First, you must join the APA as an undergraduate Student Affiliate for $27.00. Please be prepared for an increase in cost for the membership. See the link below for additional information:
Second, go to http://www.apait.org/ to facilitate payment for insurance. The cost for the liability insurance is $35.00 to provide $1,000.000.00 in coverage per incident, and $3,000.000.00 aggregately. Please be prepared for an increase in cost for coverage.
Internship Postings for Political Science and Criminal Justice Students
U.S. Department of State Student Programs
Experience the thrill and rewards of working in a student program at the U.S. Department of State. Whether you're a high school student looking for summer employment, or a college or graduate student seeking a substantive internship supporting U.S. foreign policy, there's no limit as to how far our opportunities can take you.
At the U.S. Department of State, you'll have the opportunity to gain insight into U.S. foreign policy and diplomacy, explore new career avenues and acquire lifelong skills as you represent America to the world.
Our two programs, (1)U.S. Department of State Pathways Internship Experience Program (IEP), and the (2) Internship Temporary Experience Program (ITEP), enable students to obtain job experience in a foreign affairs environment.
Please visit USAJobs to start the online application process and search for the following vacancy announcement numbers:
HRSC/PATH-2014-0003: Program Analyst, GS-399, Grade 5, New York, NY Cutoff: first 50 applicants
HRSC/PATH-2014-0004: Human Resources, GS-299, Grade 4, Charleston, SC Cutoff: first 50 applicants
HRSC/PATH-2014-0006: Human Resources, GS-299, Grade 7, Washington, DC Cutoff: first 50 applicants
HRSC/PATH-2014-0008: Investigative Assistant, GS-1899, Grade 5, Honolulu, HI Cutoff: first 50 applicants
HRSC/PATH-2014-0005: Accountant, GS-599, Grade 4, Charleston, SC, Cutoff: first 50 applicants
HRSC/PATH-2014-0013: Foreign Affairs, GS-199, Grades 4,5,7, Washington, DC, Cutoff: first 150 applicants
HRSC/PATH-2013-0036: Program Analyst, GS-399, Grade 5,7, Los Angeles, CA Cutoff: first 50 applicants.
HRSC/PATH-2013-0035: Paralegal, GS-999, Grade 5,7, Washington, D.C. Cutoff: first 50 applicants
HRSC/PATH-2014-0037: Investigative Assistant, Grade 5, San Francisco, CA Cutoff: first 50 applicants
HRSC/PATH-2014-0038: Investigative Assistant, Grade 5, San Diego, CA Cutoff: first 50 applicants
HRSC/PATH-2014-0031: Public Affairs, GS-1099, Grade 5, 7, Washington, D.C. Cutoff: first 50 applicants
HRSC/PATH-2014-0041: Human Resources, GS-299, Grade 4, 7, Washington, D.C. Cutoff: first 100 applicants
HRSC/PATH-2014-0032: Contract Specialist, GS-1199, Grade 5, 7, Washington, D.C. Cutoff: first 100 applicants
HRSC/PATH-2014-0033: Foreign Affairs, GS-199, Grade 5,7, Washington, DC: Cutoff: first 100 applicants
HRSC/PATH-2014-0039: Intelligence Research, GS-199, Grade 7, Washington, DC: Cutoff: first 50 applicants
The Internship Experience Program (IEP) allows for non-temporary appointments that are expected to last the length of the academic program for which the intern is enrolled. IEP participants, while in the program, are eligible for noncompetitive promotions. IEP allows for noncompetitive conversion into the competitive service following successful completion of all program requirements. Veteran's preference applies. So consider a Pathways internship with the U.S. Department of State, witnessing and participating in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy, working closely with U.S. diplomats and civil servants who carry out America's foreign policy initiatives.
The Internship Temporary Experience Program (ITEP) places interns on temporary appointments not to exceed one year with the possibility of extensions in one-year increments. The temporary nature of ITEP allows for interns to work during seasonal and holiday breaks in academic programs. ITEP participants are ineligible for noncompetitive promotions. If an ITEP participant is qualified at a higher grade level, he/she must compete for the position via a USAJobs vacancy announcement.
These two programs replace all former paid internships (e.g. Student-Temporary Employment Program, Student Career Experience Program, Cooperative Education Program, Stay-in-School Program, and the Summer Clerical Program). Both programs allow for noncompetitive conversion into the competitive service following successful completion of all program requirements. Veteran’s preference applies. So consider a Pathways internship with the U.S. Department of State, witnessing and participating in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy, working closely with the U.S. diplomats and civil servants who carry out America’s foreign policy initiatives. We appreciate your interest in a career with the U.S. Department of State. Visit our forums if you have any questions, or to search for topics of interest. The forums can be found under Engage on the careers.state.gov website. You can also search our FAQs for more information.
Internship Opportunities with International Institute of Erie at United Way of Erie
Interns and volunteers can combine options; however, each choice will require the stated minimum time commitment. Activities listed below include but are not limited to:
- Reports to: Refugee Services Coordinator Minimum Time Commitment: 2 months, 4 hours per week.
- Accompany refugees to appointments;
- Assist staff with the organization of the donation area;
- Set up apartments for new arrivals - this may include making beds, hanging a shower curtain, finding appropriate places for kitchen items, etc.
- Conduct community orientation workshops;
- Conduct home safety visits;
- Complete basic office duties, including answering incoming calls, assisting with mailings, and filing paperwork;
- Mentor refugee families or individuals as needed.
- Reports to: Refugee Services Coordinator Minimum Time Commitment: 2 months, 4 hours per week.
- Accompany refugees to job-related appointments;
- Assist refugees with resume preparation;
- Search for new job opportunities through traditional job search channels and by developing relationships with employers;
- Assist clients with transportation to job interviews, including help with understanding the bus system.
- Research additional education opportunities for clients, and help clients apply for library cards;
- Complete basic office duties, including answering incoming calls, assisting with mailings, and filing paperwork;
- Hold employment classes on an as needed basis.
- Reports to: Community Resource Coodinator Time Commitment: 2 months, 4 hours per week.
- Directly assist refugees and asylees in the completion of applications;
- Work closely with Immigration Services staff on administrative tasks related to those applications;
- Meeting applicants to fill out forms, making copies, mailing, data entry and filing
Education Activities (previous ESL or Child Care experience preferred)
- Reports to: Community Resource Coordinator or Learning Center Coordinator Time Commitment: 2 months, 4-6 hours per week. Classes currently meet M-F from 9:30-11:30 or from 2-5
- Planning and implementation of ESL Life skill and Civic classes/activities;
- Conduct employment classes on an as need basis;
- Track attendance;
- Organziation of classroom; and
- Mentor in our after school program
Erie, PA 16504
Contact: Jeff Brooks
Contact Title: Community Resource Case Manager
Phone: (814) 452-3935 ext. 2010
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Duties and responsibilities defined and approved by the Director. Examples include social media volunteers, event organizers, accounting inters etc…If you have a skill or initiative that you would like to discuss with the IIE, please contact the Agency Director, Dylanna Jackson.
Internship Opportunities with the City of Erie, Pennsylvania Housing Authority
The city of Erie, Pennsylvania Housing Authority has internships available for students majoring in criminal justice, social work and accounting. All interested applicants should be prepared to provide a cover letter, resume, etc., to:Darrin T. KinanderAssistant Coordinator, Section 8/Tenant SelectionHousing Authority of the City of Erie606 Holland StreetErie, PA 16501Phone: (814) 456-2028Fax: (814) 456-2029Email: email@example.com
Internship Opportunities with the Erie County, Pennsylvania Juvenile Probation Department
The Erie County, Pennsylvania Juvenile Probation Department has internships available. All applicants are required to provide a cover letter, resume, child abuse clearances and completed criminal record check to:Mr. Christian Whitman, SupervisorErie County Juvenile ProbationErie County Courthouse 140 West 6th Street, Suite 401 Erie, Pennsylvania 16501Phone: (814) 451-7439Fax (814) 451-7070Cwhitman@eriecountygov.org
Internship Opportunities with Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
The Pennsylvania Department of Correctional Industries, located in Harrisburg has a limited number of paid internship opportunities for students in sales, marketing, business, logistics or manufacturing fields.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMTION, PLEASE CONTACT:Dawn GrossBureau of Human ResourcesPhone: (717) 728-5321Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Internship Program for United States Marshals Service, Western District of PennsylvaniaUnited States Marshals ServiceWestern District of PennsylvaniaInternship Program
The U.S. Marshals Service for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Office, is looking for qualified juniors and seniors who have an interest in federal law enforcement. This is an unpaid internship designed to provide a wide range of actual work experience to enable the student to become familiar with the performance of both administrative and Deputy U.S. Marshal Functions. The interns will be assigned to the following divisions:
Intern applicants must be in good academic standing and enrolled at an accredited college or university as a full time student in their junior or senior year with an overall GPA of 2.50. Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen. To apply for the internship program the student must submit their resume. If selected for an interview, the applicant must pass a structured interview and a limited background investigation. All majors are encouraged to apply. However, preference will be given to those students who are majoring a criminal justice, psychology or political science. Any qualified student who can work a minimum of 16 to 24 hours a week may apply. We are offering internships for up to 4 weeks, or up to approximately 160 hours.
The first step in becoming a United States Marshals Service Intern is to submit your resume by the ending date of the application period. The resume must be postmarked by the ending date of the application period and mailed to the United States Marshals Service,700 Grant Street, Suite 2360, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, Attn: Intern Program Coordinator. Selections for interviews will occur after the closing date of the application period.
June 3 – 22, 2013
January 6 - April 11, 2014
October 1 – 26, 2013
May 5 – July 31, 2014
February 3 – 22, 2014
August 18 – December 5, 2014
2013 Summer Internship Opportunities at Erie County Office of Children & Youth/Department of Human Services
Overview: The Erie County Office of Children and Youth, in concert with the Department of Human Services, is pleased to announce the creation of 4 part time internship positions (unpaid) for the Summer of 2013. Interns will assist in the collection, coding, and processing of data, be given the opportunity to help evaluate and shape policy and agency best practices, learn about statistical modeling and its application to the field of public service, and explore career opportunities in the field of human services. The OCY internship coordinator will work with selected applicants and their schools to meet any and all requirements for receiving course credit for their work at the agency. Interns will work 15 to 22.5 hours per week, depending on availability and personal/university preference.
Application Process: Interested students should submit a cover letter, resume, 3 personal references, and official college transcripts by March 30, 2013. Finalists will be notified in writing by April 10th, with interviews to begin immediately after. Selected candidates will be required to obtain background clearances from the PA State police, FBI, and PA Childline, as well as sign a binding confidentiality agreement. Application packets should be sent to Erie County Office of Children and Youth, 154 West 9th Street, Erie, PA 16501; attention Brian Nottingham. Internships will begin June 1, 2013 and conclude August 10, 2013 (approximately).
Erie County, the Department of Human Services, and the Office of Children and Youth are committed to providing opportunities to promising college students regardless of race, religion, age, disability, or personal political leanings. Any questions should be directed to Brian Nottingham at 814-451-6843 or via email at email@example.com.
2013 LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACADEMY MUNICIPAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
This Friday, March 1st, undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to attend Local Government Academy’s annual Municipal Fair, scheduled for Noon-2PM at the University of Pittsburgh’s William Pitt Union. At the Fair, students will be able to meet with representatives from15 communities in southwestern Pennsylvania, who have paid internships available this summer.
Through the Academy’s Municipal Intern Program, students will work full-time for 12 weeks during the summer (May-August). Students must be currently returning to class in the fall or graduating after August 2013. Complete details are included in the Student Guidelines, available by clicking here.
Students from a variety of majors/disciplines are encouraged to apply for these projects, as they focus on a variety of topics, including:
- Blight & Abandonment
- Pavement & Infrastructure Management Systems
- Comprehensive Planning
- Grant Writing
- Community Development
- Data Collection & Design for “On-the-Go” Use
- Stormwater Management
- Marketing & Outreach
For a complete description of the available projects, please visit the Academy’s website:http://tinyurl.com/mip2013. Students who are not able to attend the Fair, but are still interested in applying for a position, may send a copy of their resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outreach & Communications Manager
Local Government Academy
The purpose of the program is to provide a service to municipal government by placing graduate and undergraduate students in a full time summer internship focused on a particular municipal issue. The internship provides students valuable, real-world public sector experience. Internship projects could concentrate on planning, personal administration, zoning ordinance update, computer systems analysis, or other regional issues. Placement sites for the internships are located within Southwestern Pennsylvania municipalities, municipal authorities, and Councils of Governments, specifically in Allegheny, Butler and Washington Counties. Between 10 and 20 internships will be available for summer 2013. Internship www.localgovernmentacademy.org.
For additional information on internship benefits, nature of job duties and responsibilities, selection process, etc., please contact Ms. Sarah Welch, Outreach & Communications Manager, Local Government Academy, at 901 Western Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15233. Her phone number is (412) 586-5659, and email address is email@example.com and www.localgovernmentacademy.org.