"At Mansfield University, we develop leaders. We accomplish this by focusing on the four core values that have been our tradition since 1912: Character, Scholarship, Culture, and Service."
Our program strongly recommends that our majors gain some practical work experience through internships. We have placed full-time interns in both Washington DC and Harrisburg, working for government agencies and interest groups. Part-time internships can be arranged locally during the semester and over the summer. Up to 6 credits may be applied toward the major; all credits count toward graduation requirements.
In Fall 2013, political science major, Alex Bock spent his semester interning with the Association of Pennsylvania State College & University Faculties (APSCUF). APSCUF represents over 6,000 faculty and coaches in Pennsylvania's 14 state-system universities.
The internship focused on state government relations and state-wide communications. Alex was provided the opportunity to meet with a variety of representatives from around the state, as well as numerous professionals working together with government. It was a full-time internship. Alex not only earned 15 college credits but was also paid $10/hour.
Alex said, "In Harrisburg, everyone knows each other, and my supervisor introduced me to many people. The opportunity was particularly helpful in gaining a better understanding of state government and the importance of networking." APSCUF offers paid internships every fall, spring, and summer.