Capital Intern Program Information and Requirements

Requirements for interns–before your internship

  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required and 15 or more hours of political science classes. Most interns have a grade point average of over 3.0 but 2.5 can qualify you for the program.
  • The intern program is affiliated with Lee Honors College. Since 1991, the Lee Honors College and the Department of Political Science have jointly worked together on the Lansing Capital Intern Program. If you are a member of the Lee Honors College you may be able to join our spring program without having had previous political science classes.
  • Have a resume available when you talk to Dr. Foley about an internship and state your goals on it. You do not have to have a clear idea of what you want to do, instead think about the courses that most interest you and the areas of law and politics about which you would like to learn more.
  • To pursue the spring program, make an appointment to see Dr. Foley so that she can put your name on a list. Some students have their names put on this list up to two years before doing an internship. Do this as soon as possible; however, being on the list does not guarantee an internship.

Requirements for interns–during your internship

Dr. Montgomery visits the Capital Interns, Dr. Bischof- Lee Honors College, Dr. Kortsky- CAS dean, Dr. Clark- department of Political Science chair

  • The Capital Intern Program requires all day Tuesdays and Thursdays for the duration of the semester. Two vans are available for 20 students to go to Lansing each spring. There is no cost to the intern for travel on these vehicles to Lansing. 
  • All internships are for between 1 and 4 credit hours that are determined by the number of hours worked in the placement. For example, in the spring program, four hours of credit are earned for completing two eight-hour days per week for the semester or roughly 240 contact hours. Written assignments are included as a part of the required work.
  • You will not receive a letter grade for an internship (PSCI 3900). The evaluation is on a credit or no credit basis.
  • The Capital Intern Program requires that students also enroll in the Internship Seminar during the spring semester (PSCI 3910). This 3 credit course meets on Monday afternoons from 4 to 6:20 p.m.
  • Usually you do not get paid as an intern. Most offices are looking to give you an experience while you earn credit hours. However, each year some students at the end of the internship are offered a full-time job while some others are offered summer employment. Most interns seek to get job experience and they are not looking to get immediate employment.

Professor Foley

Dr. Lauren FoleyDr. Lauren Foley joined the Department of Political Science faculty in the fall 2018 semester. She received her Ph.D specializing in American Politics and Public Law from Johns Hopkins University. She received her B.A. from Dartmouth College and J.D., summa cum laude, from Michigan State College of Law. She completed her dissertation as a National Fellow at the University of Virginia, Jefferson Scholars Foundation. While at Hopkins, she earned the Dean's Teaching Fellowship which allowed her to design and teach an undergraduate course on law and social movements. Based on her training and teaching experience, she is well prepared to teach introductory and advanced courses in many areas we offer in the department. She valued and inspired students to achieve beyond their (and her) expectations. She often encourages her students to question and understand their arguments while looking at opposing views.

She has experience as an intern herself working for non-profit legal counsel and a Michigan Supreme Court justice while in law school. Her internship influenced her legal education and profoundly shaped the research agenda she would eventually pursue in her Ph.D. She looks forward to continuing (and growing) the undergraduate internship program within the department. She is passionate about assisting students to become successful and prepared for the world after graduation.


Contact Dr. Lauren Foley with questions about our internship programs.