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Practicums, Field Studies, and Mentored Research

Practicums and Field Studies


The Political Science Program sponsors an active practicum, internship trip, and field study program, designed to take select students out of the classroom and into halls of power where abstract classroom knowledge is applied daily. Students will have the opportunity to meet top officials, visit political sites and offices, network with figures in the field of politics and political science, and expand their vision of government and its various concomitant institutions. Brigham Young University–Hawaii graciously supports these programs. Student participation is highly competitive and students are selected depending on perceived ability and fit, depending on the particular features of each respective practicum. BYUH pays flight and housing costs, encouraging even IWORK students to participate. Many students find valued internship and employment opportunities while on their field studies. Interested students should prepare themselves by proving their abilities and demonstrating their commitment to the major.

Upcoming 2021-2022 Field Studies

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New York United Nations Practicum

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Chicago Mentored Research Trip

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Bangkok NGO Field Study

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Field Study Descriptions

The Washington D.C. Practicum

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The Washington DC Practicum takes ten students to the US capitol to meet senators, representatives, justices, and other officials while visiting offices, attending meetings, and observing deliberations. Students get to see the US government in operation.

The Bangkok NGO Field Study

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The Bangkok NGO Field Study leads ten students to observe the function and operation of global international development organizations. Students meet United Nations (UN) officials and visit NGO offices, gaining invaluable contacts with organizations operating in Bangkok, a major hub for international development.

The United Nations Peace Summit for Emerging Leaders

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The United Nations Peace Summit for Emerging Leaders shepherds a group of students overseas to attend a young leaders peace summit hosted by the United Nations. Students attend panels and discussions headed by world-renowned speakers while also meeting student leaders from around the globe.

The New York United Nations Practicum

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The New York United Nations Practicum takes a group of Pacific Island students to visit the United Nations in New York as representatives of our own UN-recognized NGO. Students attend UN meetings and visit various Pacific Island nation UN embassies. Many participants gain internships with these same embassies.

Chicago Mentored Research Trip

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Each year, the Political Science Program sponsors the Mentored Research Program, granting select students a chance to develop their own research program under the direction of Dr. Rand Blimes. Those chosen to participate will then present their findings at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference in Chicago.

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Completed Studies and Practicums

2018
Bangkok • Washington D.C .• Chicago • United Nations
2013
Washington D.C.