Political Science

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    Department of Political Science

  • President Harrison and CSUN DC Interns, 2013
  • A Conversation with Gov. Michael Dukakis and Gov. Linda Lingle
  • Washington DC internship Logo with email dcinterns@csun.edu


Interns receive three (3) units of credit for the course and are required to:

1. Attend the courts at least 123 hours over the course of the semester (including the time spent talking or working with the judges). Interns must schedule their academic/work activities to allow 10 to 12 hours to be spent weekly in court plus sufficient travel time to the courthouse(s). Your specific schedule is flexible and can be worked out with your judge;

2. Spend 12 hours (as a group) with the Judicial Internship Coordinator/Professor during the semester to insure that the educational experience of the internship is maximized.

3. Submit a detailed log every two weeks of the court activities observed or interesting discussions held with judges or other court personnel. These logs help us to determine if you are receiving a broad range of useful, informative experiences;

4. Write a 15 page paper identifying and discussing the central points in the course text ( currently the text is Judicial Process: Law, Courts and Politics in the United States by David Neubauer and Stephen Meinhold) and integrating the reading with your courtroom experiences. On occasion, students are asked by the judges to research and write reports; summarize cases; and/or to prepare cases for debate with other interns to hone the interns' skills.

5. Demonstrate appreciation and respect for the generous amount of time being given by the judge(s) who assists in your learning by communicating with your assigned judge and his/her clerk about your schedule for attending court and any personal issues that may prevent your courtroom attendance.