Internships & Study Abroad
To get the important practical, real world experience that many employers expect people new to the job market to have, many of our students participate in internships in Columbia, Jefferson City, Washington, DC and all around the world.
- prosecutor’s and public defender’s offices
- on the staffs of state legislators
- state agencies
- on the staffs of members of the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate
- interest groups
- U.S. embassies in exciting cities such as London, Stockholm, Madrid, and Dublin
Kinder Scholars Program in Washington DC
The Kinder Scholars D.C. Summer Program is offered through The Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy. This program provides rising sophomores, juniors and seniors at the University of Missouri with an opportunity to immerse themselves in a course of study on the American constitutional and democratic traditions that uniquely weds theory, history and practice.
In order to provide participants with an opportunity to supplement their coursework with practical experience, the Program curriculum also requires students to intern Monday-Thursday (min. 25 hours per week) at an organization in D.C. whose mission relates to their academic study of the theory and history of American constitutional democracy.
Students are also encouraged to include a study abroad experience as part of their undergraduate studies. We offer a department-sponsored program “Developing Dynamics of Democracy” where students learn about democracy in Prague for 4 weeks over the summer. Students will earn Pol Sc 4840 credit for this experience.
POL SC 4840: Developing Dynamics of Democracy
Description: Examine democratic governance in theory and practice through this study abroad course in the heart of Europe – Prague, Czech Republic. In this course, we consider what defines a democracy and the ways in which democratic institutions vary across countries. We will learn about the trajectories of democracy in post-communist Central Europe, covering the revolutions in 1989, the complexities of the democratic and economic transitions, and the governance variations we observe today. We will consider how differences in democratic institutions (parliamentary systems versus presidential systems), electoral systems (proportional representation versus single-member-districts), and party systems affect political representation, quality of governance, and policy outcomes. In assessing this, we will compare the US to the Czech Republic and other European countries. In addition to in-class meetings, course excursions in the Prague region will deepen our appreciation of history, culture and politics in the Czech Republic.