Students in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences have been placed in a wide variety of internships including:
- The George W. Bush Institute
- Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
- JPMorgan Chase Bank
- The City of Dallas
- The National Center for Policy Analysis
- The U.S. Department of Education
- Southwest Airlines
- Texas Juvenile Justice Department
- DFW International Community Alliance
Internships are intended to provide students with academically relevant work experience. An internship can be voluntary or paid. Undergraduates can earn up to six credit hours over two semesters, and they are graded on a credit/no credit basis, not for a letter grade.
Graduates can earn up to three credit hours. To qualify as an intern, the student must be working in a professional environment and have a supervisor/manager that will support them through the process. A student must work at least 120 hours during the semester to earn three credit hours. Some employers require the student to work 240 hours during the semester which is 20 per week.
Internship Placement: George W. Bush Institute
When Pamela Arguelles accepted an internship with the George W. Bush Institute in Dallas, her goals were to learn how think tanks influence public policy and gain insights into her career plans. By the end of her stint, she had accomplished those goals and more.
My internship helped me determine my long-term career goals. I now know I want to be a part of macro issues that deal with improving the economies of our Latin American neighbors.
Internship Placement: Dallas County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
For her EPPS internship, Kashmere Naomi Bates worked for the Dallas County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management with the goal of understanding the many ways Geospatial Information Sciences are used in emergency planning. Later she was tasked with mapping out areas that would most likely to be impacted in case of a pandemic in Dallas County.
I learned that it was extraordinarily important that everything worked together.