Faculty Perceptions and Compensation for Internships

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

Given the lack of general information about how internships are institutionally supported across the academy, the purpose of this chapter is to examine political science faculty perceptions about internships and how faculty are compensated for their internship-related activities. Based on over 160 departmental survey responses, this chapter explores similarities and differences among institutions based on type, region, public or private institutional status, number of faculty in the department, and size of the undergraduate student population. Data suggest that about one-third of faculty are not compensated for their supervision of internships, and wide variation prevails among those who receive institutional support. The need to value internships through both compensation and recognition in promotion and tenure is clear.

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