Course Syllabus

Graduate Internships and Research in Politics, News, and Public Policy

London, England

Summer 2006


Syracuse University

Division of International Programs Abroadd

Professor Mehrzad Boroujerdi                          Telephone: (315) 443-5877

                                        Department of Political Science                         Fax: (315) 443-9082

                                        Syracuse University                                

                                        Syracuse, New York 13244                                          


Course TitlesPSC 670: Experience Credit - for internships (six credit hours)


                          PSC 690: Independent Study - for research projects (six credit hours)


Prerequisites:  None


Objectives: The primary goal of the course is to provide graduate students with internships in media, politics and economics organizations in Great Britain, or to provide guidance in helping students to carry out a research project.  The course consists of two related components: an academic component and a practical component. Our goal will be to bring these two components into an ongoing “dialogue” such that each informs or questions the other, thereby enriching both and providing students with a unique learning experience. The setting for this program is the spectacular and cosmopolitan city of London, which is one of the truly beautiful cities of the world. 


Description: The program begins with orientation activities and 30-35 hours of lectures on British politics and media during the week of June 5.  At the end of this week, we usually travel to Oxford as guests of the Oxford Union for one of their debates.


The academic part of the course will continue with once a week evening seminars with the program chair. At these sessions, students have the opportunity in an informal setting to discuss the agendas and activities of their organizations as well as their own research and internship experiences. Graduate students may also attend any of the PSC 473 interview sessions (space permitting) that are conducted simultaneously with the graduate program schedule.


Having acquired some basic knowledge of British history and society, the graduate students then immediately begin working as interns or, if they choose to do so, on research projects supervised by the program chair. The internships will last for a period of five weeks (June 12 - July 14). Internship placements will be assigned based on availability as well as the interests and qualifications of the student.  A specific official in each organization will supervise students and provide the program chair with a written evaluation of the student’s performance at the end of the internship period. Students who accept a longer internship are expected to continue on their own after the formal program ends.


Graduate students selecting the internship option in previous summers have been placed in Amnesty International, BBC Television Centre, CNBC, Drayton Park Center for Women, The Economist Intelligence Unit, Electoral Reform Society, “Home to Home” (an internet magazine), The Independent on Sunday, IPC Magazines, The London Magazine, National Campaign for the Arts, National Opinion Polling, NBC News, New Statesman, NHS Trust (health care), Professional Development Foundation, Theatre Museum (at Covent Garden), United Nations Association, Web User, Y Care International and in the parliamentary offices of members of the Labour and Conservative Parties.  Among the research projects carried out by graduate students in past summers were studies of voluntary organizations in AIDS counseling and therapy, the history of the New Statesman magazine, the role of the arts councils in England, the impartiality of newspapers in political reporting, European Union environmental policies, public support for the EU, the structural dynamics of the UK’s audio-visual sector, the British Labour Party’s positions on European Union defense, the effects of various electoral systems on the number of women in parliament, alternative institutional arrangements for women suffering from mental health problems, political trends in Britain and America (1976-2002), the initiatives in two London boroughs to prevent youth crime, and economic instruments in the environmental policies of EU countries. 


Requirements and Evaluations: Considering that this is a six-credit academic program, graduate students who select an internship are expected to (a) satisfactorily complete a full-time internship for the term of the program, (b) participate in orientation and weekly evening seminars, and (c) keep a journal on their experiences and complete a research paper which will be turned in after the program is over. Grades are based on the evaluation provided by the student's work supervisor, and the program chair’s evaluation of the journal and the research paper.


Grades for graduate students who do independent research are based on the concluding research paper.


Dates of the Course:


                        May 30, 2006 (Program begins)


                        June 5 - June 9 (lectures on British institutions)


                        June 12 - July 14 (graduate student internships or research projects)


For more information on this Program and the Program Director see:  

 Additional Useful Links:

Where have interns been placed in the past?

Adam Smith Institute

Amnesty International

Associated Press Television News (APTN)


BBC Short Film Festival

Billboard Magazine

British Youth Council

Centre for Economic Policy Research

Center for the Study of Financial Innovation


Commission for Racial Equality


Conservative Party (The)

Corporate TV Networks Ltd.


Economist Intelligence Unit

Electoral Reform Society

European Movement

European Parliament

Focus Information Services

Garden Inspirations

House of Commons

Institute for War and Peace Reporting

International Record Review

IPC (Magazines)

Jane’s (defense and international security affairs publisher)

Labour Party (The)

Law Society (The)

Liberal Democrats Youth and Students

Lion Television Ltd.

London Magazine

London Towers (Basketball Team)

Market and Opinion Research International (MORI)

National Campaign for the Arts

National Opinion Polling

NBC News

New Statesman

Newsweek International

NHS Trust (health care)

Princess Productions

Professional Development Foundation

Raindance Film Festival

Reuters Group PLC

Royal College of Psychiatrists (Drayton Park Center for Women)

Spectrum Radio

Spinal Injuries Association

The Independent on Sunday

Theatre Museum (at Covent Garden)

Time-Life Magazine

United International Pictures

United Nations Association

USA Today

Voice of America

Web User

Woman and Home

World Radio Network

Y Care International



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