Constructing a Research Internship Program to Promote Experiential Learning

Published: Nov 5, 2021
Contributor: Arthur Auerbach
License: CC BY NC ND 4.0 license – Allows redistribution but no additions or revisions to content. Forbids commercial use.

Whereas most traditional undergraduate internship programs have allowed students to gain valuable work experience, the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California (USC) expanded its internship program to include a distinctive research internship program in which students work with professionals from both the private and public sectors on specific public policy issues. As students engage with outside research internship providers, they become more expert in policy areas that are relevant to the public at large. In-depth research combined with on-campus professionalization components allow interns a unique experience that serves them well upon graduation. Beyond the chapter, an example Research Internship Sample Syllabus is also attached.

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