State Government Internships
The South Carolina Semester Internship Program affords students opportunities to work in state government while earning academic credit.
Students serve as interns in the South Carolina General Assembly, the Office of the Governor, and in a broad range of state agencies. Through this practical experience students have the chance to witness firsthand the operation of state government and various facets of public service. This program is applicable to all majors. The decisions made by state lawmakers affect all facets of life and all professions. Understanding how state government operates will be an advantage regardless of your career path.
By the end of each semester, many students in the program receive offers to continue working in their internship office. Students who are graduating have been offered full-time positions or supported by letters of reference or connections to other opportunities.
The South Carolina Semester Program students intern 20 hours per week throughout the semester and are paid $2,000.
Previous students have interned with:
- Governor's Office
- Department of Agriculture, Legal Office
- State Department of Education
- South Carolina Department of Commerce
- Senate Judiciary Committee
- Office of the Treasurer of South Carolina
- Senate Transportation Office - S.C. Energy Office
About the Course
This internship program is offered each spring semester. The internship is a three-credit-hour class, SCHC 489. Students work 20 hours per week during the semester. The student works with his or her office supervisor to establish a work schedule that does not interfere with other class meeting times. Students are paid $2,000 over the course of the semester for their internship work.
The seminar course, which accompanies the internship, is a three-credit-hour class, SCHC 333. The class dwells heavily on state government operations and public policy issues. In addition, students have the chance to discuss current state government issues with a range of guest speakers, including government officials and state agency administrators.
Both the internship and seminar class must be taken together for a total of six credit hours. While participating in the South Carolina Internship program, most students only enroll in an additional nine credit hours due to the time required for the internship work. This program is offered during the spring semester only.
Students are accepted from all of the University's academic departments. The decisions made at the state government level affect all citizens. An understanding of how state government operates is beneficial in any career. Applicants must have a 3.5 grade point average or better and qualify for sophomore, junior, or senior status based on the total number of hours earned at the University of South Carolina, credit transferred from other colleges, or AP/IB credit earned. Students must possess maturity and a strong work ethic to serve in a legislative or government office as a representative of the South Carolina Semester Internship Program.
To apply for the South Carolina Semester Internship Program, which is a six credit hour course, please submit the following information:
- The online application form.
- A typed statement of the relevance of the S. C. Semester Program to your educational and career goals (approximately one page, double-spaced, 12 pt. Font).
- A resume.
- The VIP version of your grade report. We need to see the cumulative hours earned (transfer, AP/IB credit, and USC credit) which is totaled on the VIP version of your transcript. An official transcript from the Registrar's office is not necessary.)
- One letter of recommendation. Please select a person who can speak to your academic qualities, work ethic, maturity and character. The letter can be addressed to: The Selection Committee.
After submitting the online application form, please submit the remaining application materials as one complete package. The application deadline is Friday, October 7th, 2016 @ noon.
Monday, September 26th @10:30am (HRH B111)
Friday, September 30th @ 12:00pm (HRH B111)
Tuesday, October 4th @ 9:00am (HRH B119)
All questions and completed applications should be submitted to:
Directer of Internship Programs
South Carolina Honors College
Harper College, Room 322
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208
Phone: (803) 777-1180