ERIC Number: ED317486
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: N/A
Storming Washington: An Intern's Guide to National Government. Second Edition.
Frantzich, Stephen E.
This booklet provides information to help prepare undergraduate students for academic internships with the federal government. Most interns serve without pay; however, the opportunity to observe and participate in government provides important guidance for future decisions, and even potential employment opportunities. The student should do research on sponsors, be aware of the types of public policies each potential employer promotes and opposes, and become knowledgeable about ideologies and issues. Many sources are available for research, and the student should take advantage of these. When applying for an internship the student should use appropriate procedures for contacts, be able to sell himself or herself well to the sponsor, and tailor the resume to the particular position. Applicants may also enhance their chances by being flexible, specific, and realistic. The applicant must use specific criteria in making decisions about offers, and, once accepted, the intern must be aware of, and make others aware of, the learning and research goals and the responsibilities and expectations of the internship. The intern will play the role of participant observer, so techniques of keeping a journal, developing rapport with co-workers and sponsors, and forming and testing research hypotheses, must be developed; and intern must also know how to deal properly with ethical considerations such as propriety of tasks performed and confidentiality of information. Also, it is important that the intern follows proper procedures for ending the internship. Five appendices include a guide to academic internship programs in Washington; useful information on living in the city; a "potpourri" of political science resources and experiences in Washington; and information for the academic supervisor, including credit options and research assignments. (AS)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Political Science Association, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia