Internships in Politics, Society, Justice and Public Service

Internship opportunities

We offer a wide variety of internship opportunities to students in Political Science, Public Administration and Sociology. Our students have worked in healthcare, humanitarian work, 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 (Undergraduate)
  • PAD 399 CNP Internship for the Nonprofit Sector (Undergraduate)
  • SOC 525 Internship in Social and Criminal Justice (Undergraduate)
  • PAD 795 Internship in Public Administration (Graduate)

Internships database

For employers, please fill out the Google form linked below to share your opportunities with our students. For students, check out our database of available internships.


For more information about Political Science and Public Administration internships, please email Professor Emma Powell. For more information about Sociology internships, please email Professor Liz Bradshaw.



School of Politics, Society, Justice & Public Service



School of Politics, Society, Justice & Public Service