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Political Science and Public Administration
PO Box 1510
Pembroke, NC 28372

Phone (PSPA): 910.521.6363
Phone (MPA): 910.521.6637
Fax (PSPA): 910.521.6446
Fax (MPA): 910.775.4423

Location (PSPA): Oxendine Science Building, Room 1300
Location (MPA): Business Administration Building, Room 215
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emily neff-sharum, ph.d.

Dr. Emily Neff-Sharum, Assistant Professor
Political Science
Office: Oxendine Science Building, Room 1320-B
Phone: 910-775-4409
Fax: 910.521.6446

Office Hours: Wednesday  9:00 AM - 2:00 PM



Undergraduate (View undergraduate course descriptions - from UNCP Catalog)


  • PLS 1010:  On-line Introduction to American Government
  • PLS 1010-001  Introduction to American Government
    • Syllabus (PDF - requires Adobe Reader)

  • PLS 2330:  Introduction to Theory & Methods
    • Syllabus (PDF - requires Adobe Reader)

  • PLS 3040:  Legislative Process in US
    • Syllabus (PDF - requires Adobe Reader)

  • PLS 3060:  American Presidency
    • Syllabus (PDF - requires Adobe Reader)

    PLS  3100:  Constitutional Law
    • Syllabus (PDF - requires Adobe Reader)

  • PLS  3110:  Constitutional Law of Individual
    and Equal Rights
    • Syllabus (PDF - requires Adobe Reader)

  • PLS  3520: Writing for Political Science-WD
    • Syllabus (PDF - requires Adobe Reader)
  • PLSS  4020: Topics in American Gov't (Race & Politics)
    • yllabus (PDF - requires Adobe Reader)

  • FRS  1000-13: Freshman Seminar for Political Science, History, and Pre-Law Majors
    • Syllabus (PDF - requires Adobe Reader)
  • PAD 2190-01: Public Policy & Analysis
    • Syllabus (PDF - requires Adobe Reader)

Curriculum Vitae
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Student Resources


Internships are facilitated by two faculty members in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration: Dr. William Albrecht and Dr. Emily Neff-Sharum.  If you are seeking internship credit to fulfill requirements for a public administration concentration, please inquire with Dr. Albrecht at  If you are interested in completing an internship for political science credit (i.e., pre-law internships, legislative internships, election internships, party internships, etc.) please contact Dr. Neff-Sharum at

Pathways to Internships

The number of students seeking an internship varies from semester to semester as well as the experiences students are seeking to learn from.   As a result, the department has found it necessary to find flexible ways to meet students’ internship needs.  Below are three ways that students are able to secure internships.

  1. Apply for an internship that has been pre-established with UNCP.  We have several opportunities where the local and surrounding communities have worked with our department in the past.  Dr. Albrecht and Dr. Neff-Sharum have the contact information and are familiar with the expectations of these employers.  Examples of pre-established internships include (but are not limited to): the Robeson County Public Defender’s Office (Lumberton), Legal Aid of North Carolina (Pembroke office), Laurinburg town government offices, and State Representative Graham’s constituent office (Pembroke). 
  2. Apply for a competitive internship program.  Many government offices employ interns.  Many of these types of internships are part of a program that requires a competitive application.  You can search for such programs online.  These include (but are not limited to): internships with members of the U.S. Congress, internships with the statehouse in Raleigh, internships with U.S. executive departments (i.e. Department of Justice or the Department of State), internships with North Carolina state agencies (i.e., Department of Prisons or Department of Transportation).  Students are required to provide proof of higher in these instances such as a letter of acceptance.  Students should coordinate with Dr. Albrecht or Dr. Neff-Sharum to secure credit and to follow up with course requirements.

  3. Establish your own internship opportunity.  You may be aware of internship opportunities that are unique to you.  Such opportunities will be assessed for quality and the ability to meet educational goals of your program of study.  CURRENT PAID EMPLOYMENT WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO BE USED FOR INTERNSHIP CREDIT.  In the past students have developed wonderful opportunities by inquiring about internships.  Before you can gain credit for a self-established internship, you must get approval from Dr. Albrecht (public administration internships) or Dr. Neff-Sharum (political science and pre-law internships).  In the past, students have created some of the following internship opportunities: working in a law office, working for a state court of appeals judge, working for the county courthouse (not in Robeson County), etc. 

Internship Requirements for Political Science through Dr. Neff-Sharum:

Internships in political science and public administration may have different sets of curriculum.  These requirements are subject to change if you are part of an internship program that is a competitive program with specialized, academic work requirements in addition to employment.  Most POLITICAL SCIENCE interns should expect to complete the following requirements

  1. Internship should have between 140-160 hours for the semester (this works out to roughly 10 hours a week with spring break and finals week negotiable).  You should have a schedule that is agreeable to both you and the employer set before the start of the internship.  This means that if there are irregularities to the schedule (variation in days/times, variation in hours per week, etc.), they should be agreed upon beforehand.  All of this should be established in the hours contract submitted to Dr. Neff-Sharum.  Terms of employment listed in a competitive internship letter of acceptance may be submitted in lieu of an hours contract.  Hours contracts are available from Dr. Neff-Sharum.

  2. Your supervisor is willing to complete the end of term intern evaluation form.  Dr. Neff-Sharum must have contact with your supervisor before you begin your internship.

  3. That over half your hours are engaged in some kind of substantive work—meaning you are doing something more than answering the phones and filing.  Substantive work includes any activities engaged in significant communication of ideas, research, writing, strategizing, or any other use and enhancement of the skills you have begun to develop in college.   For new or un-established internships, a brief description of your job duties should be attached to your hours contract.

  4. Twice monthly you should enter a brief journal entry (a paragraph to a page) summarizing what you have been doing and how it has enhanced your education.  These entries should be posted using the form on the internship Blackboard page. 

  5. Turn in a short research report (roughly 7-12 pages double spaced) about a topic related to your internship.  For instance, if you are working with the public defender’s office and working on murder trial, you may choose to write a paper discussing the legal significance of establishing intent for charging an individual.  More details are on Blackboard.
  6. Grades will be assigned on the following basis:

Journals- 15%
Research essay 15%
Supervisor evaluation- 70%

To register for political science internship credit, you must have approval from Dr. Neff-Sharum (SCI 1320B) and have completed an Internship Confirmation Form or have evidence of acceptance into a formal internship program.

Internship Requirements for Public Administration through Dr.  Albrecht:

Please contact Dr. Albrecht


Summer Session I Course
PLS 1010-800  On-line Introduction to American Government
Syllabus (PDF - requires Adobe Reader)

PLSS 4070-800  On-line Women in Politics
Syllabus (PDF - requires Adobe Reader)

Summer Session II Courses

PLS 1010-800 & 801 On-line Introduction to American Government
Syllabus (PDF - requires Adobe Reader)

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