Internships in Political Science and Public Administration

Internship opportunities

We offer a wide variety of internship opportunities to students in Political Science and Public Administration. Our students have worked in law offices, campaign organizations, nonprofit organizations, state legislative and congressional offices, and the governor's office, as well as for equivalent offices at the county and municipal level.

Both public and private sector job recruiters agree that students who complete internships are at a distinct advantage over the competition.

  • An internship demonstrates commitment and personal initiative.
  • Interns bring valuable basic hands-on experience to their chosen profession.
  • Interns are viewed as people who have tested a career path and enjoyed the experience. Accordingly, they are less likely to quit or be fired after a few months on the job.
  • Many organizations recruit for permanent positions from their intern pool. Or they recommend promising interns for career positions with other organizations. 

The most important thing that you can do is to tailor your internship experience to your personal interests. Ideally, you will gain insight into whether you want to pursue a particular career and will gain connections to professionals working in that field.

Course listing

​PSC 395 Internship in Government and Politics 1-12 (Spec)
An integrative learning experience where students apply textbook knowledge to governmental and public affairs work experience. CR/NC only. Prerequisites: permission of instructor. The political science internship locates students in governmental, political, and non-profit offices as a capstone to their formal educational program. Students are placed on the basis of interest, educational needs and ability only after screening and faculty consultation

PSC 795 Internship in Public Administration 1-6 (Spec)
An integrative learning experience where students apply textbook knowledge to public administration and public affairs work experience. The program locates MPA candidates without prior in-service experience in government and non-profit offices as a capstone to their formal educational program. Students are placed on the basis of interest, educational needs and ability only after screening and faculty consultation.