• Application Deadline: 02/28/2019
  • Company: MSU Extension
  • Location: East Lansing, Michigan
This internship will involve conducting research on elections in Michigan, specifically working on one of two projects, either research examining barriers women and minorities face in seeking political office, or examining local ballot proposals and millage elections. The research will consist of primary data collection and analysis as well assisting with a literature review. The project products will likely include co-authorship of a paper with the goal of journal publication, presentation of research at the 2019 Michigan Political Science Association conference, and assisting with development of programming informed by the research. 
Expected Primary Office Location for this Internship
Primary Educator/Specialist supporting this Internship
Eric Walcott, Ingham County/Campus, walcott3@msu.edu, 517-353-9106
Ideal majors
Political Science, Public Policy, James Madison, Statistics
Expectations and Eligibility
Interns will be matched with an Extension Educator and Specialist team that will utilize the student’s academic preparations to further develop essential career skills. During the internship experience, students work full-time on a substantive faculty-guided project, demonstrations, workshops and participate in professional development activities, including attending seminars and completing periodic writing assignments. Due to the intensive nature of this program, it is expected that students will not enroll in summer coursework or accept other employment during the work week. Taking (1) online course up to 4 credits during the summer would be acceptable. Students may opt to enroll for academic credit in ANR 493 (3 credits) or an appropriate XXX 493; the student is responsible for any tuition and enrollment fees. Regardless of academic enrollment, all interns will complete the same academic intern reporting including time sheets, weekly reports, mid-internship report and evaluation, final evaluation and final internship poster. Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
  • Is a current MSU undergraduate student thru August 2019
  • Preferably is returning for one or more semesters of undergraduate study after Summer 2019 (i.e., not graduating before December 2019)
  • Is eligible for employment in the USA; international students must obtain an appropriate visa
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Able to commit to full-time employment during the 12-week summer program
  • Have access to reliable transportation
  • Will be at least 18 years old by May 1, 2019
Compensation and Housing
Students participating in the MSUE internship program are paid $12.50 per hour and typically work 40 hours per week for up to 12 weeks. Participants are student employees of MSU and are responsible for applicable taxes. Work-related travel will be compensated. Students are responsible for their own housing. It is expected that applicants will have a housing option in close proximity of their area of choice. Multiple Michigan geographic regions are available. As noted in the titles, a couple of the internship locations do include housing.
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