Fieldwork in Public Affairs and Private Non-Profits Winter 2024

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This course is a participant-observation experience in which students work full-time for a governmental or nongovernmental (including voluntary, activist, and grassroots) organization or for a political campaign. Examples include: town government offices; state or federal administrative offices (e.g., environmental agencies, housing authorities); interest groups that lobby government (e.g., ACLU, NRA); nonprofit organizations such as service providers or think tanks (e.g., Habitat for Humanity, Cato Institute); and grassroots, activist or community development organizations (e.g., Greenpeace or neighborhood associations). The instructors and members of the Political Science Department are available to help students find placements. Students can also email [email protected] for the most up-to-date information. Students should then make their own contracts with the institution or agency. The student’s fieldwork mentor should send a confirmation letter to the instructor verifying the placement and describing the nature of the work to be performed. Interested students should reach out to Paula Consolini at [email protected] by October 30th. A group meeting of all students will occur before winter study to prepare and after to discuss the experience. During winter study, students are responsible for keeping a journal of their experiences and observations. Additionally, students write final papers summarizing and reflecting upon the experience in light of assigned readings. Every year, course instructors arrange for some distinct sections of this course to provide specialized fieldwork opportunities in the area for small groups of students.
The Class: Format: internship
Limit: 25
Expected: NA
Class#: 1257
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: A 10-page paper or comparable creative work such as a program or project design, video, webpage, or set of infographics.
Prerequisites: Interested students must complete the course interest form located at or email CLIA Director Paula Consolini at [email protected] before the Winter Study Course registration deadline.
Enrollment Preferences: Political science majors
Unit Notes: Paula Consolini will co-teach.
Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses
STUX Winter Study Student Exploration

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