The purpose of the internship experience is to provide students with opportunities to apply classroom learning to real-world political situations. In addition, internships provide valuable experiences to help students make vocational plans. In some cases the internship provides a bridge to future employment.


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The Department of Politics and International Relations lists a 4-hour Internship as a requirement for graduation. Students frequently fulfill the internship requirement during the summer, although a limited number of internships during the school year are also possible. A 4-hour internship requires at least 200 hours of work experience.

The internship involves supervised practical work on a full or part-time basis. Political science majors typically work for government officials or departments at the national, state, or local level, political campaigns, think tanks, interest groups, or in legal affairs. International Relations majors typically work for government officials, interest groups, international political or humanitarian organizations, or other similar organization with an international focus.

Past Internships

Students have recently interned for the U.S. State Department, the International Trade Adminstration, Opportunity International, the Ethics and Public Policy Center, , The International Center for Religion and Diplomacy, Amnesty International, the American Enterprise Institute, World Relief, World Vision, offices of state and national politicians, law practices and local advocacy organizations. A full listing of recent internship placements is available from the department.

Internship Guidelines

See the internship guidelines for specific information:

  • Requirements
  • Credit
  • Faculty Supervision
  • Assessment
  • Reflection Papers and Final Assessment Papers

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