Learn in Columbus


The CPSI curriculum is divided into three units but students only register for one course (POL 40980) worth 15 upper division credit hour through the Department of Political Science.

  • This course exposes students to practical and theoretical aspects of the organization and operation of state governments. Particular emphasis is given to understanding how to work with and in the branches of Ohio's state government. This course is held in the Statehouse. 
  • The students will be placed in professional working environments that match their interests, skills, career objectives, and academic requirements.  Students will gain first hand experience in the workplace.
  • Briefings conducted by state and local political and business leaders will be held in Columbus two days each week to expose students to the public policy-making culture in Ohio's capitol city. 

Semester Ahead

During the first week of the Columbus program students will be participating in the colloquium on the Kent campus. The colloquium is 3 days, spent at KSU's Kent campus. You will learn about writing for political analysis, basics of fiscal analysis, giving an elevator speech, tips on public speaking, and formal etiquette for banquets and political events. You’ll meet with your roommates and work out a MOU for your semester living together.

Students will move into shared apartments in Columbus the following week, where they live and work during the fall semester. In a typical week, students will attend briefings and a class held in the Statehouse on Monday and Tuesdays. On Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays they will work at an internship in their field.

Internship Information

Students will work at an internship 3 days a week: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays for a minimum of 24 hours a week.  During your internship you will immerse yourself in a professional environment, get practical work experience and establish professional contacts. Students work all over Columbus. Check out where their internships have been in the past: