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Academic Internship Credit


The Walker Institute internship program is designed to provide students with practical experiences in the realm of politics, government and non-profit organizations at the local, state and national levels. Students who serve political and government internships apply what they have learned in their Weber State University classrooms to practical circumstances and enhance the civic education that makes them active citizens. As interns, students will acquire the communication and organizational skills necessary for success in the workplace. Finally, internship work experiences give students a competitive edge when seeking employment. 75 percent of university students graduate with one or more internship experiences. 91 percent of employers expect internship experience from recent graduates.

In order to qualify, students should have attained at least a sophomore class standing, although juniors and seniors will have priority. There is a preference for a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Qualified applicants must submit a Walker Institute application, which includes: a cover letter, a resume, two writing samples, an unofficial transcript and two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a Weber State University Professor.

Academic Credit

Weber State students serving internships can register for up to 12 academic credits. The credit structure is as follows:

  • POLS 4860 Washington D.C. Internships (1–6 credits)

To fulfill the requirements for these Washington D.C. internship credits, students must:

  1. Submit a weekly journal record of his/her daily internship work and experiences;
  2. Submit a research paper on a topic related to their internship and approved by the supervising professor, the length of which is determined by the number of credits taken (5 pages for 3 credits, 10 pages for 6 credits);
  3. Provide an assessment from a supervisor. (Non-political science students may take political science internship credits, or make arrangements to take 4860 internship credits within their own departments where applicable.)
  • POLS 4865 State & Local Internships (1–6 credits)

To fulfill the requirements for these internship credits,

State legislative interns must take the legislative preparation class for 3 of these credits.

  • To receive 1–3 additional credits, state legislative interns must write a longer internship research paper. The length of this paper will be determined by the number of credits taken.

Local interns must:

  1. Serve 50 hours per credit hour;
  2. Write a research paper related to the topic of their internship, the length of which will be determined by the number of credits taken;
  3. Provide an assessment from a supervisor.
  • POLS 4870 Internship in Perspective (3 credits)

These internship credits are designed to enhance the POLS 4880 Internship Research credits.

  • POLS 4880 Internship Research (3 credits) To fulfill the requirements of the internship research credits, interns will write a research paper, between 10 – 15 pages long on a topic approved by the supervising professor.

For more information and questions, contact the Walker Institute at or (801) 626-6206. The Walker Institute is located in the Lindquist Hall, room 169.