The Youth Political Participation Program (YPPP) at the Eagleton Institute of Politics addresses the progression of youth political participation through three stages of citizen development: as high school students prepare to participate in the electoral process for the first time; as college students begin to exercise their political rights; and as young adults actively seek to influence public policy, support electoral candidates and perhaps run for public office themselves.
Students must apply for the internship. Once accepted, interns for YPPP register for PS 481/482 (Section 08) and choose one of three components of the program listed below on which to focus their attention and academic coursework.
- 60% of each student’s grade is based upon the number of hours completed during the course of the semester. Students must complete at least 120 hours in order to earn a B, 135 hours to earn a B+, and 150 hours to earn an A.
- 30% is based on 3 5-page reflection papers.
- 10% of each student’s grade is based upon their overall performance throughout the semester – their reliability, enthusiasm, self-sufficiency, etc. Students will be informed mid-semester how well they are performing in this area in order to make any necessary improvements by the end of the semester.
- Students are expected to complete at least one-half of their hours at the Eagleton Institute. All interns MUST submit a signed timesheet.
RU Ready™ is a civic engagement initiative created by the Eagleton Institute and administered in area schools. The mission of the program is to provide young people with the tools and encouragement to be politically aware and engaged. Interns’ key roles include preparing and administering in-class sessions as well as the ” RU Ready™ Young Leaders Conference.
RUVoting™ is a non-partisan project designed to engage the Rutgers student body in national, state, and local elections. Interns’ work in this area involves organizing and administering various registration, education, and mobilization initiatives including registration and get-out-the-vote drives; public forums; debate watches; and focus groups of Rutgers students.
Young Elected Leaders Project
The Young Elected Leaders project is a study of young people who hold public office in New Jersey and nationwide. For those interns focusing upon young elected officials, time will be spent updating the database of elected officials; outlining key traits of young elected officials serving today; and organizing relevant public events.