Summer coursework includes either an internship or a full-length, articulated research project. Students engage in research in their policy area of specialization and produce an all-encompassing portfolio of their studies. Professional development is emphasized via guest lectures, workshops, and other supplemental activities. All students complete two summer courses:

POSC 690 Tutorial in EU Policy Studies

In this course, students pursue individualized projects in their area of policy specialization to develop further expertise in this area.  To complete this course, students choose one of the following:

1. Intensive Research Option

An individual intensive research project resulting in a fully articulated research product. The research project allows students to investigate relevant EU policies and to contribute to debates on pressing public issues. Students work directly with EU experts at the European University Institute and in Brussels. This option prepares students for post-graduate or doctoral programs and provides students with policy expertise that can be applied in policy think thanks, government, and the private sector.

2. Internship Option

An internship with a government office, NGO, or business. In this option, students gain practical work experience. Students may work in a number of settings but must design the internship in such a way that EU policies, procedures, laws, etc., are explicitly addressed through the applied experience. To meet the requirements of this course, students complete a written research paper and engage in directed readings related to their experience.

POSC 692 EU Seminar

This course is a capstone seminar. It addresses the professional development of students, integrates individual students’ experiences, and gives further consideration to topical issues in the European Union. It seeks to build professional networks and to aid transition into the professional realm. Coursework includes attendance of guest lectures and conferences, a simulation of EU decision-making, roundtable discussions, and a research symposium.

Additionally, a portfolio submitted by students is a required component of the program and the POSC 692. Work on the portfolio begins in the fall and requires the integration and synthesis of what the student has accomplished throughout the year. This portfolio includes analytical essays based on academic experiences, internship and research activities; evidence of foreign language proficiency; and other relevant materials pertaining to their experiences in the program overall.  These materials serve as the equivalent of the comprehensive examination for the student and will be the final assessment of mastery in the program. The portfolio is reviewed and rated by the POSC 692 instructor and the program director for completeness and quality.

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