The Program was established in the Summer Quarter of 1971 under Title VIII, Housing Act of 1964, with the intention of attracting competent young people into urban public service. The Youngstown Educational Foundation provides scholarship support; agency sponsors contribute $400 each semester for the intern stipend. Payment to the intern is made by the University Grants and Contracts Office at the end of the semester, on certification that internship responsibilities have been satisfactorily fulfilled.
INTERN-SPONSOR AGENCY RELATIONSHIP
Intern appointments are for one semester. The intern is scheduled for fifteen (15) hours a week in the sponsor agency on a calendar confirmed with the agency supervisor no later than the third day of the semester. Interns are responsible to agency supervisors for satisfactory performance, as indicated by the supervisor's signature on the weekly Journal Form, and on the end-of-the-term Summary Sheet.
Intern agency placements require and develop specific skills, such as cartography, survey research, and statistical techniques or specialized knowledge in such fields as accounting, economics, and botany. A central concern of the program is that the intern make a meaningful contribution toward the agency's goals. In all agency associations, interns are expected to balance the liability of inexperience with assets of intelligence, reliability, and discretion. An intern needs to be efficient: the combination of a 15-hour agency assignment and a 9-12 hour academic schedule represents a 51-60 hour work week.
The Urban Intern Seminar (Political Science 5800, 3 semester hours) is designed to provide orientation in urban government performance and to be a forum in which interns, faculty, and agency representatives can inquire into problems of common interest. Prompt attendance and informed participation are expected of each intern at every session. Seminar grades are determined by the Urban Intern Program Faculty Advisor. Grades are based on seminar participation and required internship evaluation papers are written as the final examination each semester.
For information and candidate interviews call:
Dr. Cryshanna A. Jackson, Coordinator, Urban Intern Program
Department of Political Science
DeBartolo Hall – Room 444
E-mail: cajackson AT ysu DOT edu