ERIC Number: ED174541
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Comparative Political Internships: Assuring Academic Validity.
Graves, Helen M.
The paper explains how political science educators at the University of Michigan, Dearborn, structured political internship experiences for American college students in the Ontario, Canada, legislature and Metropolitan Toronto government. The internship program allows junior and senior undergraduate political science majors to work for five weeks with Canadian legislators, Ontario ombudsmen, and candidates for Canadian political office. The emphasis of the program is on the development of broader political understanding of a foreign country and on comparison of the American political system to that of another country. The program provides experiences in keeping a daily journal of political observations, participating in major political events which take place during the internship, working directly with parliamentary and municipal officials, reading extensively in the area of Canadian Federal and Provincial systems, and meeting weekly in a seminar with other interns to discuss readings, experiences, and observations. Strengths of the program are identified as diffusion of political ethnocentrism, development of a broader view of political organization, opportunity to work in a political office, realization that different governments fashion different solutions to political and policy problems, and introduction to role models and policy contacts for young interns. (DB)
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Educational Objectives, Ethnocentrism, Experiential Learning, Field Experience Programs, Foreign Countries, Government (Administrative Body), Government Role, Higher Education, Internship Programs, Majors (Students), Policy Formation, Political Influences, Political Science, Political Socialization, Politics, Program Descriptions, Role Models, Student Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper prepared for presentation at Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (Washington, D.C., August 31-September 3, 1979)