Opportunities and Internships
Internships are a very important facet of the curriculum at Goucher College. As such, the economics faculty members consider well-structured internships to be essential to a student's education. The department sponsors both full- and part-time internships in industry, banks, and government agencies. Most internships are in the Baltimore-Washington area. The variety of internships that have been completed under the supervision of this department is evidence of the flexible and creative applicability of degrees in economics. Students find internship opportunities through the Career Development Office, through faculty and staff members, or on their own.
A detailed description of the off-campus experience is published by the Career Development Office each year and fully describes the guidelines and timetable for internships. Students interested in arranging an internship in economics should contact their individual academic advisers.
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Funded by an endowment made by the late Judge Sarah T. Hughes '17, the Sarah T. Hughes Center for Field Politics was originally founded in the early 1950s under a grant from the Maurice and Laura Falk Foundation. The center, directed by Eric Singer, Ph.D., chair of the Political Science and International Relations Department, sponsors a variety of activities designed to facilitate student involvement in governmental and political affairs in the Baltimore-Washington region.
Foremost among these activities is an extensive internship program that places students in settings ranging from local, state, or federal courts to the office of the state's attorney, the U.S. Congress, the Maryland state legislature, the Baltimore City Council and Mayor's Office, and Baltimore County government offices. In addition, students have been placed in local, state, and federal agencies and in lobbying and public interest groups. The Hughes Center also helps Goucher students secure resources to attend conferences at other institutions.
Through a competitive process, the center annually awards stipends and travel expenses for student internships. The center also sponsors conferences and speakers series to bring diverse political figures to the campus.
Washington Semester at American University
This 16-week immersion program involves an internship, a seminar that includes contact and interaction with policy makers in federal government, and independent research. Students come from colleges and universities around the world to live and study at American University's Tenley campus. Requirements for admission for political science and international relations students include second-semester sophomore standing, a 2.5 grade point average, and permission of the department chair.
January Seminar on Gender and Public Policy
Goucher offers a January seminar on gender and public policy in Washington, DC, in conjunction with the Public Leadership Education Network. The seminar provides students with a firsthand look at the policy-making process at the federal level through faculty lectures supplemented by guest presentations by women judges, lobbyists, regulatory board members, congressional leaders, and government agency representatives. Policy briefings and site visits are an integral part of the seminar. This seminar attracts participants from across the country.
Student Work Opportunities
To find on-campus employment especially suitable for political science and international relations students, please visit the Career Development Office.