Internships and Summer Abroad
The world of work likes experienced as well as educated students. The Political Science department encourages students to undertake internships throughout their time as a student here. These experiences are invaluable resume builders. Students can register for the RI State Internship Program, the Field Experiences Course, spend a week in Washington DC as a congressional intern, or do all three.
The London Course
Students can study British and European politics, government and culture, urban geography, city planning in London, and the European Union in this program. Visits to the House of Commons and the Old Bailey, guided walking tours of London and the Home Counties (Windsor, Salisbury and Stonehenge), a day at Cambridge University and four days in Paris are part of the experience.
The London Course is divided into two components a six-week proseminar at Rhode Island College (May-June) followed by a three-week stay in London (July). Students register for two courses:
Political Science 444 British Politics and Cultural Studies (3 cr.) which focuses on 20th century British Politics, the British Constitution, media and subcultures since World War II, relations with France and participation in the European Union. (Summer Session 1)
Political Science 445 European Political Geography (3 cr.) A field trip study of the history and growth of London and the Home Counties, the development of New Towns and Post World War II suburbs, urban redevelopment, globalization and London financial operations. (Summer Session 2)
The course director is Dean Richard Weiner, course lecturer is Dr. Mark Motte, and the London Liaison is Professor Laurence Marlow, South Bank University. Course cost is about $2,500 for a six credit program including course tuition, air fare, room and board, and some entertainment expenses. Financial Aid is available.