New Paltz is planning to launch the SUNY Global Engagement Program, which has been designed to provide students with interests in global issues with field experience through internships along with a rigorous academic program. The program will be carried out at the SUNY Global Center in New York City every fall starting in 2013.
The semester-long program will carry a course load of 12-15 credit hours. With assistance from Program Director and Associate Professor Ş. İlgü Özler (Political Science), students are expected to secure an internship of 20-25 hours per week. The internships are expected to be relevant to international affairs in organizations that foster global engagement. Students will also participate in a weekly seminar on international affairs at the SUNY Global Center and will work in a colloquium setting to develop, execute, and present their independent research projects. The students will be expected to write a full-length academic paper on research related to the topic of their internship.
For nearly twenty years, the Department of Political Science and International Relations at New Paltz has offered a six-credit United Nations semester course during which students visit the United Nations for weekly briefings from UN officials and country missions, as well as non-governmental organizations that work with the United Nations. We will be working with these and other organizations to facilitate internship opportunities for program participants. Click here for more information.