General Assembly Internship (PLSC 395): Information Sessions


The Virginia General Assembly Internship (PLSC 395) allows students to serve 20 hours per in the office of a delegate, senator, executive office, or lobbying firm during the legislative session that begins in January and ends before Spring Break. The interns meet as a class after the session, and the internship plus the class carries two units of credit. The pre-requisite is PLSC 220: Intro to American Government (or permission of the instructor) and most students who participate are either juniors or seniors.

Students interested in enrolling in the internship should plan to attend one of two Information Sessions held by Dr. Palazzolo: Tuesday, September 20 at Noon in Weinstein 314, or Wednesday, September 21 at Noon in Weinstein 306.

Welcome to the Course

Greetings, Scholars:

This semester we explore the political institutions, processes, economy, and culture of the United States of America. Our goal is to think critically about these aspects of U.S. politics so that we can analyze the issues for ourselves. ¬†Politics is about power–how do citizens exercise power, or agency, in the governing of their communities? This question and more will drive the course as we learn the nuts and bolts of institutions along with the ideas that provide the energy for these institutions to function.

Looking forward to learning with you,

Prof. Simpson

Getting the News

Remember to watch or listen to a news program daily.  Listen: National Public Radio, All Things Considered at:

Other good sources:

National Review Online

Huffington Post



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Christian Science Monitor

Mother Jones

The Oyez Project at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law-This is a great resource for details on Supreme Court cases.