Internships enable students to work in a variety of off-campus settings. Students in arts and sciences, under the supervision of a faculty member, can receive credit for their work. Recent internship placements have included the Rochester District Attorney’s office, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, local television stations, environmental field work for the county, the Memorial Art Gallery, George Eastman House, and various financial and investment offices. In social services internships, students have worked in various programs that help emotionally and physically abused children and the developmentally disabled. With special approval, students may engage in full-time internships away from the Rochester area; examples include research projects at the Federal Reserve and at Cohokia Mounds Historical Site. Opportunities for internships in Washington and abroad are described in the sections that follow.
The Washington Semester Program, administered by the Department of Political Science, allows selected students to participate directly in the work of legislators at the national level. Students work full time as staff assistants in the offices of United States senators or representatives for a semester and receive full academic credit. Their activities usually include writing speeches, attending hearings, researching law, taking notes at committee meetings, answering mail, and performing other assignments associated with the political process.