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San Antonio College · - · GOVT-Political Science/Govt

Academic Cooperative

  • Full Term Fall 2014
  • Section 001.10495
  • 3-1-6 Credits
  • 08/25/2014 to 12/13/2014
  • Modified 08/03/2014

Contact Information

If you are interested in completing an Internship as a Political Science Major, please speak with Prof. Kaupert.  

If an internship interests you and you still have some questions, you might consider reading the FAQ file here

Internship Coordinator: Professor Christy Woodward Kaupert

Office Hours

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, CAC 217C

If you need to meet at some other time on these days, please request a meeting. 


There is no assigned textbook.  You will be provided specific peer-reviewed articles and they will be placed inside the Canvas Course site no less than 3 weeks before the due date.

  • Internship FAQ

    This document answers most of the questions students may have about an internship in Political Science.


An instructional program designed to integrate on-campus study with hands-on experience in government. In conjunction with class seminars, the individual student will set specific goals and objectives in the study of human social behavior and/or social institutions.


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Congratulations on deciding to enroll in San Antonio College  Political Science Department's Internship course.

What this course is about: 
Internships provide both paid and unpaid, on-the-job experiences for Political Science majors.  These positions range from staff positions with campaigns, political office holders at all levels of government and community organizations and agencies. This course, while structured, provides the student intern an opportunity to apply the theoretical classroom knowledge gained with the real world of policy and policymaking  by working with any number of individuals, stakeholders and organizations that directly make policies or influence how and what government does.

What you will Gain!
  • Real, professional work experience in your field! 
  • The prospects of applying what you learned in the classroom!
  • The chance to network, meeting people that employ Political Science majors!
  • The possibility of learning more about the bodies that shape policies and provide services to the citizens and residents of your community
  • Practical skills to add to your résumé and the potential of a strong letter of recommendation!

The purpose of the internship experience is to provide students with the opportunity to integrate the theoretical underpinnings of Political Science with workplace learning.  Performance objectives are explained in the Grading policy.

Specific learning outcomes include
*An ability to connect theoretical underpinnings of the discipline within a real
  world setting.
*An opportunity to network with official policy makers at the local, state, or
  national level
*Understand expectations within a office environment subject to the needs
  of serving constituents.
*Developing experience with other government agencies and offices
*Obtaining experience in a political office handling real issues and casework
  for citizens. 



  • Weekly e-journal (15%)

  • Summaries of readings (20%) 

  • Employer Evaluation (35%) 

  • Internship Report (30%) 

Your final grade is based on the weighted average earned

90-100%          A
80-89               B
70-79               C
60-69               D


Grades are based on a weekly journal that will be discussed during seminar, summaries of readings and a final employer evaluation.
Grading Policy:
  • Weekly e-journal (15%): The weekly e-journal is a record of the internship experience.  It includes the details of the projects you work on, meetings or events you attended, and your reflection about each day’s experiences.  The journal is emailed each Saturday and will be considered
    late after Sunday and will be docked 10 points each day after Sunday.
  • Summaries of readings (20%) This is the type-written summary/analysis of the assigned readings contained in the reading packet that is available on this website.  You will choose (or be assigned) three articles in consultation with me that will complement your internship experience (one per month beginning in Februrary and ending in April.)  These article reviews are due on the LAST WEDNESDAY of each month with the exception of the final summary which will be turned in with your Internship report and employer evaluation according to the date posted on the calendar.
  • Employer Evaluation (35%) This consists of an evaluation by your office supervisor that examines your performance including aspects such as initiative, punctuality, dependability, and ability to complete tasks/projects.  As a Political Science intern, students will be representing SAC and the department. Accepting an internship is a commitment--a commitment to fulfilling the required hours in a professional manner. Students who are selected for an internship and perform poorly may be terminated by their intern agency or by the intern coordinator and will receive a failing grade for the course
  • Internship Report (30%) The internship report is a report of what you learned and accomplished in your internship. The report is an academic paper that describes what you had hoped to learn as well as what you accomplished in the internship.  Your report is to be rooted in the pertinent literature for the area in which your employer is located (i.e., an elected official’s office occupies a position within the campaign and elections literature; a non-profit organization occupies a position in the literature relating to non-profits). The report is to contain a literature review section and bibliography.  You should have at least 4 major sources such as books and articles from academic journals.  Daily news articles or internet web sources may be used in addition to the 4 major sources.   
Your final grade is based on the total percentage that you earn on assignments.
90-100%         A
80-89               B

70-79               C

60-69               D

<60                  F


Course content is dependent on the student’s internship selection.  Possible topical areas include:

  • Legislative/Congressional Representation at the  National, State and Local levels

  • Interest Groups: The means by which they organize and participate in the shaping of the political agenda.

  • Political Parties:  The means by which they organize and participate in the shaping of the political agenda

  • Bureaucracy:  The function and scope of agencies at the local, state and national levels

  • Political Attitudes and Behavior: How the body politic is socialized politically to participate in the American Democracy.

Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes
First meeting
Week 1:
CAC 217C
Choosing an internship

We will need to schedule a meeting during my office hours in week 1.  We will be determining which level of government you would be most satifised and suited for given your educational goals

Internship Placement
Week 2-3

You must have your internship secured before the end of the third week of classes.

Week 4
Week 5
Week 6

Second meeting with me and First article review due February 26th.  

Week 7 March 3-8
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10

Third meeting with me and second article review due March 26th.

Week 11
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14: April 21 - 26
Week 15

You final appointment with me is April 30 and your 3rd and final article review is that day.

Week 15

You final appointment with me will be during finals week and your 3rd and final article review is due that day.  

Your final internship report and your evaluator's review are due no later than December 10th at the close of business (5 pm).

Additional Items

Instructor of Record:  Prof. Christy Woodward Kaupert (Profk)

Institutional Policies


A. Attendance:

Effective Spring Term 2010, student absences will be recorded from the first day the class meets. Regular and punctual attendance in all classes and laboratories, day and evening, is required. Students who are absent for any reason should always consult with their instructors. Course syllabi must provide specific information regarding attendance, including, for courses involving the internet, online activity that constitutes “attendance.” Also, both tardiness and early departure from class may be considered forms of absenteeism. In all cases, students will be held responsible for completion of course requirements covered in their absence.

Additionally, it is the student’s responsibility to drop a course for nonattendance. Course instructors establish policy with regard to attendance in their respective syllabi and may drop a student for excessive absences. Absences are considered excessive when more than 12.5 percent of the total contact hours of instruction in a semester, including lecture and lab, are missed. For example, in a three-credit-hour lecture class, students may be dropped after more than six contact hours of absences. In a four-credit-hour lecture/lab class, students may be dropped after more than eight contact hours of absences. Absences are counted regardless of whether they occur consecutively.

In special programs with additional accreditation or certification standards, additional attendance requirements may be enforced but faculty must clearly explain these policies in their syllabi. Students who stop attending class for any reason should contact the instructor and the college registrar to officially withdraw from the class. Students may be required to consult with an advisor or designee before dropping.

Failure to officially withdraw may result in a failing grade for the course. It is the student’s responsibility to withdraw officially from a class by submitting a completed Withdrawal Form to the Admissions and Records Office.

B. Student Responsibility for Success (Alamo Colleges Policy F.6.2):

As members of the Alamo Colleges learning community, students, faculty, staff and administrators all share the responsibility to create an atmosphere where knowledge, integrity, truth, and academic honesty are valued and expected. A clear acknowledgment of the mutual obligations of all members of the academic community emphasizes this implicit partnership in fostering the conditions necessary for student success.

In this relationship, the Alamo Colleges provides institutional policies, procedures, and opportunities to facilitate student learning that encourage interaction, involvement and responsible participation. Inherent in the academic climate is the expectation that students will assume responsibility for contributing to their own development and learning. Academic success is directly tied to the effort students put into their studies, the degree to which they interact with faculty and peers, and the extent to which students integrate into the campus life.

1. Engagement

  1. Create connections and build relationships with faculty, staff and students (visit during office hours, join clubs and organizations, participate in student activities, etc.);
  2. Stay informed of policies, procedures, deadlines and events for academic and co-curricular activities;
  3. Complete all requirements for admission, registration, and payment by deadlines;
  4. Apply for financial assistance, if needed, complying with all federal, state and local regulations and procedures;
  5. Meet all federal, state and local health care regulations.

2. Communication

  1. Seek guidance from faculty, advisors or counselors for questions and concerns in regards to degree plans, major selection, academic status, grades, and issues impacting college success;
  2. Develop a peer support system to identify student contacts for questions, group assignments, etc. regarding academic and co-curricular activities;
  3. Communicate with College personnel promptly regarding academic or co-curricular concerns and assistance requests;
  4. Carefully consider the information provided by College personnel and make decisions using that information;
  5. Check the Alamo Colleges’ Web Services regularly for emails, holds, student records, financial aid status and announcements;
  6. Submit disability documentation if seeking services and request academic accommodations in advance of each semester.

3. Academic Success

  1. Complete courses with passing grades and maintain in good academic standing (2.0 GPA) status;
  2. Read and follow all syllabi;
  3. Purchase textbooks and required supplies in a timely manner;
  4. Attend classes regularly and on time, with as few absences, late arrivals, and early exits as possible;
  5. Arrive to class with all needed materials and completed assignments for that class period;
  6. Be attentive in class and actively participate as appropriate;
  7. Devote sufficient time for studying;
  8. Ensure integrity in all aspects of academic and career development;
  9. Accurately represent one’s own work and that of others used in creating academic assignments. Use information ethically and exercise appropriate caution to avoid plagiarism on all assignments;
  10. Notify faculty in advance or as soon as possible about absences and provide documentation as appropriate;
  11. Consult faculty members in advance when unable to complete projects, assignments, or take examinations as scheduled.

4. Self-Responsibility and Responsibility to Others

  1. Maintain accurate and complete degree/certificate major selection and contact information including name, address, phone number and emergency contact;
  2. Balance personal obligations and educational pursuits. Work with a counselor / advisor to design a realistic schedule that dedicates adequate effort to be successful in college studies;
  3. Know and follow the regulations and guidelines outlined in the Student Code of Conduct and Student Handbook;
  4. Maintain respectful and appropriate behavior within and outside the classroom;
  5. Ask for help when needed. Use all available resources and facilities provided by the College to enhance the learning experience;
  6. Attend scheduled advising sessions, tutorials, and other appointments. Cancel or reschedule only with good reasons as early as possible;
  7. Arrive prepared for tutorial sessions, bringing all needed materials (books, syllabi, rough drafts, calculators, assignment sheets, etc.).

C.  Textbook Availability

A student of this institution is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from a university-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.


A comprehensive final evaluation, not to exceed three hours in length, shall be given at the end of each course at the official scheduled final exam time. Any exceptions to this requirement must be approved by the appropriate Dean. Other evaluations are given at the discretion of the instructor.

A student who must be absent from a final evaluation should petition that instructor for permission to postpone the evaluation. A student absent without permission from a final evaluation is graded "0" on the exam.

Incomplete Grades.  The conditional grade of “I” may be issued to a student having a passing average on all completed coursework but for a justified reason, such as illness or death in the family or by providential hindrance, has been prevented from taking the final examination or completing other required coursework. The “I” becomes an “F” in one hundred twenty (120) calendar days from the end of the term unless the student completes the balance of the coursework with a performance grade of “D” or higher. Re-enrollment in the course will not resolve the “I.”  The student and faculty must fill out an Incomplete Contract, clearly defining the work remaining to be finished.

College Policies


A. San Antonio College is a smoke free campus.

B. Alamo Colleges Police Department Emergency Phone Numbers:

Emergency Phone (210) 485-0911

General Phone (210) 485-0099

Weather Phone (210) 485-0189 (For information on college closures)

C. A Rapid Response Team exists for the purpose of responding to emergencies. If you have a disability that will require assistance in the event of a building evacuation, notify San Antonio College disABILITY Support Services, Chance Academic Center 124C, (210) 486-0020.

D. Students are required to silence all electronic devices (e.g., pagers, cellular phones, etc.) when in classrooms, laboratories and the library.

E. Students must abide by the policies, procedures and rules set forth in the “Student Code of Conduct” and all other policies set forth in the San Antonio E-Catalog.

F.  Student Success Policy:

Click here to read the Complete Student Success Policy

 Disability Access Statement – In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the responsibility of the student to self-identify with the campus Disability Services office. Only those students with appropriate documentation will receive a letter of accommodation from the Disability Services office. Instructors are required to follow only those accommodation and/or services outlined in the letter of accommodation. For further information, please contact the San Antonio College disABILITY Support Services office at (210) 486-0020 or visit the office located on the first floor of the Moody Learning Center. If you have specific needs, please discuss them privately with your instructor.