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Government Internship Opportunities

The Helms School of Government strongly encourages students of all majors and specializations to participate in an internship prior to graduation. Internships provide innumerable benefits, including job contacts, practical hands-on experience and the acquisition of marketable skills. It is imperative to find an internship that fits within your personal career goals and, to do so, you will need to dedicate some time to research the variety of opportunities available to you.


The Washington Fellowship

The Helms School of Government, in partnership with the Liberty University Career Center, proudly serves our students through the Washington Fellowship. This semester-long program is a unique opportunity to remain a full-time student, receive academic credit, be in the middle of the nation's capital and be placed in a valuable internship to help launch you into your career. Check out The Washington Fellowship page to learn more about the program, and stop by the Career Center, located at Montview Student Union Room 2560, or email washington@liberty.edu, to set up a direct appointment.


Criminal Justice Internship (CJUS 499)

The Helms School of Government offers junior and senior criminal justice (CJUS) majors who meet the grade point average (GPA) and completed course load requirements the opportunity to spend a semester as an intern with an approved criminal justice organization. This internship is available to residential and online CJUS students, and offers from one to six credit hours, depending on the number of hours worked during the internship. Applications are processed through the department's faculty intern advisors, and applicants must apply the semester prior to starting the internship. Contact one of the department faculty intern advisors, Associate Dean Stephen Parke (smparke@liberty.edu) if you are a residential student, or Associate Dean for Online Operations Suzanne Caruso (sfcaruso@liberty.edu) if you are an online student, to learn more and apply for the program.


Government Internship (GOVT 499)

The Helms School of Government offers juniors and seniors majoring in government, international relations, law and policy, political science, public administration and fire administration who meet the grade point average (GPA) and completed course load requirements the opportunity to spend a semester as an intern with an approved organization in their respective disciplines. This internship is available to residential and online Helms School of Government students, and offers from one to six credit hours, depending on the number of hours worked during the internship. Applications are processed through the department's faculty intern advisors, and applicants must apply the semester prior to starting the internship. Contact one of the department faculty intern advisors, Associate Dean Stephen Parke (smparke@liberty.edu) if you are a residential student, or Associate Dean for Online Operations Suzanne Caruso (sfcaruso@liberty.edu) if you are an online student, to learn more and apply for the program.


Experiential Learning Through Internships

The Washington Fellowship, the CJUS 499 Criminal Justice Internship, and the GOVT 499 Government Internship are only two of the ways students can secure an internship and receive course credit. Students may find an internship on their own, or visit the Career Center for more help in the internship search process. There is a world of possibilities beyond the walls of this university for experiential education, and Liberty students are given a chance to earn educational credits through experiential learning when enrolled in the internship program.

Do not wait to position yourself for the future. Start now by making an immediate impact as an intern. Make an appointment today at the Career Center to learn about how to find internships throughout the country, and check out the Internships & Experience page on the Career Center website.

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