SC Semester Program

The South Carolina Semester Internship Program affords students opportunities to work in state government while earning academic credit.  


This internship program is offered each spring semester.  The internship is a three-credit-hour class, SCHC 489.  Students work 20 hours per week during the semester.  The student works with his or her office supervisor to establish a work schedule that does not interfere with other class meeting times.  Students are paid $2,000 over the course of the semester for their internship work.

The seminar course, which accompanies the internship, is a three-credit-hour class, SCHC 333.  The class dwells heavily on state government operations and public policy issues.  In addition, students have the chance to discuss current state government issues with a range of guest speakers, including government officials and state agency administrators.

Both the internship and seminar class must be taken together for a total of six credit hours.  While participating in the South Carolina Semester program, most students only enroll in an additional nine credit hours due to the time required for the internship work.  

"My internship with the Legislative and Public Affairs Agency within the S.C. Department of Education was an extremely valuable experience.  I was able to apply my coursework in public relations to real-world assignments." - Richard Kopec, '12


  • All majors
  • 3.5 GPA
  • Must qualify for sophomore, junior, or senior status.
  • Must possess maturity and a strong work ethic

Application Information

The application deadline for the spring 2017 semester is Friday, October 7th, 2016 @ noon. Extended to Tuesday. October 11.

Information Sessions:
Monday, September 26th @10:30am (HRH B111)
Friday, September 30th @ 12:00pm (HRH B111)
Tuesday, October 4th @ 9:00am (HRH B119)

To apply for the South Carolina Semester Internship Program please submit the following information:

  •     The online application form
  •     A typed statement of the relevance of the SC Semester Program to your educational and career goals (approximately one page, double-spaced, 12 pt. font)
  •     A resume
  •     The VIP version of your grade report
  •     One letter of recommendation addressed to: The Selection Committee

After submitting the online application form, please submit the remaining application materials to:

Julie Hutt
Director of Internship Programs
South Carolina Honors College
Harper College, Room 322
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208
(803) 777-1180