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We encourage our students to gain experience and practical knowledge outside of the classroom by participating in internships. Internships for political science majors may be arranged with area state legislators, congressional district offices, Dayton-area metropolitan governments, and governmental and policy advocacy agencies and organizations in Washington, DC. These internships complement classroom work and give you a chance to apply knowledge and develop valuable interpersonal and career-related skills.
Would you like an opportunity to get more involved in the community and to apply your degree? Our political science internship and volunteer opportunities will do just that.
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You can complete a political science internship for three upper-level credits. In your plan of study, you can complete up to two internships for credit (six credits total) that will fulfill your upper-level political science credit requirements. This is a great way to get real-world experience, meet people with similar interests, and meaningfully contribute to the community.
Students spend 12–15 hours per week on site with their supervisor and will have a few assignments connected to the experience (journal, final paper, professionalization seminar, etc.). Most of these opportunities are unpaid, but we do have the occasional paid internship.
A résumé, internship application (PDF), and advance approval of the internship supervisor are required for all internships. Students should reach out to the Political Science internship supervisor at least one month in advance of an academic semester to get everything set up.
Many of these opportunities require interviews.
Internships are available throughout the year.
Students work for a state legislator in Columbus two days per week.
Opportunities to work with Republican and Democratic members of the Ohio House and Ohio Senate. Tasks include responding to constituent communication, researching policies, and observing legislative and committee sessions.
Students intern 12–15 hours per week in regional law offices, including prosecutors, public defenders, and private practices. Assist attorneys, participate in outreach program activities, and observe trials. A great way to explore the legal profession before committing to law school.
Congressional district interns work two days per week in one of the area’s congressional district local offices to assist staff with constituency casework. Interns report weekly to the faculty instructor and write an assessment of the experience at the end of the assignment.
Campaign interns work two days per week as volunteers for the candidate of their choice in a local, state, or federal election. Interns report weekly to the faculty instructor and write an assessment of the experience at the end of the assignment.
However, you can start volunteering with campaigns and building hours towards internship credit in Spring 2022 (contact internship supervisor).
Other campaign opportunities:
Local and City interns work 12–15 hours per week in a local governmental office. Jobs include working with city managers, mayors, and other city leaders to meet local needs and help with specific projects.
There are internships available in Washington, DC for academic credit. Interns write an assessment of the experience at the end of the assignment. For information about an internship in Washington, DC, please check out the following website: The Washington Center.
Internships that do not fit a specific description.
Not enough time for an internship? You can complete these short-term volunteer opportunities based on your own schedule. These opportunities can provide insights that help you figure out what you’re interested in and can also serve as ways to gain experience in the field and connect with other professionals. Throughout the year, we receive numerous requests for student volunteers and possible internship opportunities. We do not endorse any political party or organization.
You can set these up on your own, but we are always willing to help you.
If you would like to discuss any of these opportunities or if you have another idea or opportunity, contact the Political Science internship supervisor:
Lee Hannah, Ph.D.
317 Millett Hall