History and Politics Internships

Non-credit internships are available to all students. To establish an internship for credit (must be a Junior or Senior with a minimum 2.5 GPA), please contact Dr. Philip Benesch and complete the Internship Agreement FormFall 2014 expectations and grading criteria for HIS 400 LAW 400and POL 400 interns are outlined in this document.

Update: 1) James Finnegan Summer Internship with state government (contest and award details here) 2) PA Democrats (see link number 4 in the next section) have recently indicated great interest in placing LVC interns . 3) Latorre Communications is seeking an intern for spring. This is a paid internship requiring a minimum of 16 hours/week during the spring semester. For information on job description, qualifications, and application instructions, log into your JobCenter account, accessible through the Academic Resources section of MyLVC, 

Brand New announcements: 
  1. PoliticsPA (political journalism), 
  2. Senator Teplitz, 
  3. Ridge Policy Group
  4. PA Democratic Party
  5. PA Republican Party, 
  6. PA Planned Parenthood, 
  7. Representative Milne (contact Dr.Benesch), 
  8. Congressman Dent
  9. Congressman Gerlach
  10. U.S. Senator Casey
  11. U.S. Senator Toomey
  12. IHS (Public Policy & Journalism)
  13. Immigration & Refugee Programs, CWS-Lancaster
  14. Hershey Story Collections Internship, 
  15. AACA Museum, Hershey
  16. US Army Heritage and Education Center History Intership
  17. Quittapahilla Creek Garbage Museum (contact), 
  18. Archive & Museum intern at Lebanon County Historical Society
  19. Web intern, Quittapahilla Watershed Association (Contact Dr. Schroeder), 
  20. MidPenn Legal Services Intern (contact Dr. Benesch), 
  21. Lebanon County Public Defender (contact Dr. Benesch
  22. Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association (previous announcement) 
  23. LGBT Central PA History Project

Check out the story on Legislative Fellowships at the PA House. Also on YouTube Dylan Reed (4 minutes) & Tito Valdes (32 minutes)

Recent internship placements have included: PA Senator Teplitz, Harrisburg; Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Harrisburg; Office of the Lt. Governor, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, Office of the Public Defender, Lebanon; private law offices in Baltimore & Philadelphia; Ridge Policy Group, Harrisburg; La Torre Communications, Harrisburg; Lebanon County Historical Society, Lebanon; MidPenn Legal Services, Lebanon; re-election campaign of Rose Marie Swanger; LVC Office of Multicultural Affairs; LVC Office of Marketing Communications.

For further examples of internships completed by our students over the past several years see the following links:
Political Science Internships 
History and Historical Communication Internships
Pre-law internships

See also: Finding Internship OpportunitiesArnold Internship GrantsPennACE Intern Recognition

History and Political Science majors are strongly encouraged to complete an internship as part of their undergraduate experience. Internships offer students the opportunity to work in a professional setting, guided by practitioners in the field with academic supervision by the college. Historical Communications majors and students in the Law & Society program are required to fulfill at least one three-credit internship.

Internships:
  • help students identify career goals and formulate plans for graduate study
  • provide job experience in a professional setting and
  • offer contacts (often invaluable for post-graduate job search or graduate school applications).
If you are interested in setting up an internship for credit (requires Junior or Senior status and a GPA of 2.5 or above) please contact the Department's internship coordinator, Dr. Philip Benesch (benesch@lvc.edu). The requirements for HIS 400 and PSC 400 interns are specified at the end of this web-page. The Office of the Registrar plays a critical role in the process as well. Be sure to obtain, complete, and return the Internship Agreement Form if you expect to receive credit for your internship experience.

Note regarding Fair Labor Standards Act. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has developed the six factors below to evaluate whether a worker is a trainee or an employee for purposes of the FLSA: 1. The training, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to what would be given in a vocational school or academic educational instruction; 2. The training is for the benefit of the trainees; 3. The trainees do not displace regular employees, but work under their close observation; 4. The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the trainees, and on occasion the employer’s operations may actually be impeded; 5. The trainees are not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the training period; and 6. The employer and the trainees understand that the trainees are not entitled to wages for the time spent in training. If all of the factors listed above are met, then the worker is a “trainee”, an employment relationship does not exist under the FLSA, and the FLSA’s minimum wage and overtime provisions do not apply to the worker. For further information, see http://www.dol.gov/whd


Some examples of previous Political Science Internships:
Our Political Science students have been very successful in securing rewarding and exciting placements with government agencies, elected politicians, political campaigns, lobbyists and interest groups. Here are examples of some politically-interesting internships that our students have developed over the past few years:
  • Ten PSC 400 students have secured highly competitive paid Legislative Fellowships with the PA House of Representatives.
  • One student received a paid legislative internship with the New York Assembly.
  • In addition, several Political Science students have been placed as interns with individual PA State Senators and Representatives
  • Three have held placements in the office of US Congressman Holden (Lebanon and Harrisburg offices).
  • One student interned at the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC.
  • One intern was placed at the District Office of U.S. Congressman Murtha.
  • One student interned as an organizer with the Obama primary election campaign and subsequently with the fall '08 Barack Obama Presidential Campaign.
  • A student interned with the fall 2006 Democratic Coordinated Election Campaign.
  • Five students have interned at the Republican Party of Pennsylvania's main office.
  • Further, during the past six years, Political Science majors have been placed with a number of
    • interest groups (Common Cause, Sierra Club, the Lincoln Institute)
    • lobbyists (e.g., Pugliese Associates; Kline Associates, The Ridge Policy Group)
    • Public Relations (e.g., La Torre Communications)
    • media organizations (CBS Boston, WGAL Lancaster)
    • state and local government offices (PA Office of International Business Development, Dauphin County Clerk, District Attorney offices) and
    • Community groups (Domestic Violence Initiative, Aids Community Alliance).

Additional internship resources for political science majors are available from the American Political Science Association at: http://www.apsanet.org/content_11599.cfm

The next step? Contact the Political Science internship coordinator, Dr. Philip Benesch (benesch@lvc.edu).


Some examples of previous History and Historical Communications Internships:
Since the spring of 2006 students from the History and Historical Communications majors have enjoyed placements with several museums, media organizations, and archives; Students placed with Museums have received diverse training in cataloging and tracing the chain of ownership of donated, borrowed, or purchased artifacts, conducting museum tours and associated in-museum classroom instruction for school field trips, and researching and describing items to be displayed in upcoming special exhibitions (one student was commissioned by a museum to prepare an educational video to be featured in a special exhibition).
  • One student was able to arrange a library archival internship while studying for a semester in Italy.
  • Historical Communications majors have completed archival internships with the Lebanon County Historical Society.
  • One student secured a prestigious Pennsylvania House of Representatives Archival Fellowship.
  • A history major completed a summer archival internship with the Watkinson Special Collections Library at Trinity College CT.
  • Five students have interned with the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum in Hershey.
  • Two have interned at Cornwall Iron Furnace.
  • One at the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum.
  • One at the Pennsylvania State Police Museum at Hershey.
  • Lebanon County Historical Society (Museum & Archives internship).
  • Historical Communications students have also been placed with media organizations, including WGAL, Source Media, and the LVC Office of Media Relations.


The next step? Contact the History internship coordinator, Dr. Philip Benesch (benesch@lvc.edu).


Some examples of previous Pre-Law internships:
Law office internships allow Pre-law students to have a better grasp of a lawyer’s life (all to often glamorized in movies and on TV) and to observe how the workload of most lawyers is organized. Most interns have thrived as a result of their legal placements, forming long-term friendships with supervising lawyers and receiving career guidance and letters of recommendation when applying to law school. Students placed with Mid-Penn Legal services (since spring 2006 LVC has placed thirteen interns with various office of this legal services organization) experience directly how lawyers are able to act as advocates for the poorest and most vulnerable populations – providing socially significant legal assistance to those seeking Protection From Abuse Orders, those needing counsel in custody disputes, those facing aggressive landlords, and those requiring bankruptcy guidance when oppressed by debilitating indebtedness. The following list is offered as a representative sample of pre-law internships recently available to LVC students:
  • Mid-Penn Legal Services (13)
  • Office of the Legal Counsel to the President Pro Tem of the PA State Senate, Harrisburg
  • Feather & Feather Law Office, Annville
  • Manke, Wagner, Spreha, & McQuillan Law Office, Harrisburg
  • County D.A. offices in Onandaga, NY and Harrisburg, Pa.
  • Piontek Law Office, Hershey
  • Stock & Leader Law, Lancaster
  • Engler Law Office, Lebanon
  • Office of the Attorney General, State of New Jersey
  • Public Defender’s Office of Lebanon County, Lebanon (8)
  • Schutjer Bogar, Harrisburg
  • Clymer and Musser, Lancaster
  • Law Office of Dennis E. Cuomo, Baltimore, MD (2)
  • Coughlan & Gerhart, LLP
  • Wilson Esler Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP, Philadelphia
The next step? Contact the Prelaw internship coordinator, Dr. Philip Benesch (prelaw@lvc.edu).


Requirements for HIS 400 and PSC 400 Interns
  1. The student will write a journal entry each week to be uploaded via the journal link on the PSC / HIS 400 Blackboard page. The journal is the single most important component of your assessment; please complete journal assignments in a timely and professional manner.
  2. The student will maintain a log of hours: please use an Excel spreadsheet to enter the hours for each week and to keep a “running total” of hours for the semester; a print-out of the spreadsheet, signed by the on-site supervisor, must be handed to the faculty supervisor at the end of semester. You are reminded that for EACH hour of internship credit, you MUST complete a minimum of 45 hours of work (not including lunches or breaks) at the placement; it is your responsibility to ensure that the requisite number of hours is attained by the completion of the semester.
  3. The student is expected to maintain regular contact with the academic supervisor throughout the semester.
  4. The student will write a term paper (MS Word format preferred) on a topic related to his/her internship (length of the paper = 2-3 pages for each credit); it must be uploaded via the Blackboard / Turnitin assignments link.
  5. Both the paper topic and the bibliography / list of sources from which the paper is to be drawn must receive faculty supervisor approval.
  6. A mid-term and an end of semester evaluation checklist will be sent to the on-site supervisor to assist his/her assessment of the intern.
  7. The faculty supervisor will be in phone and/or email contact with the on-site supervisor during the semester to check that all is going well.
  8. If time permits, and/or circumstances require, the faculty supervisor will visit the internship site when both the intern and the on-site supervisor are present.
LVC Office of Career Services Information. In addition to the opportunities indicated on this page, students should check internship postings to the Job Center and the web-links and information available on the Experience Counts web-page.