All Political Science majors and minors are eligible to participate in an internship. An educated and marketable Political Science graduate benefits by enriching his or her classroom studies in a practical work environment. An internship is a way to gain credit for government or law-related work experience. It's also a great way to explore and understand the workday realities of the legislative, judicial, and administrative processes. Political Science interns work with state, federal, and local officials, and with national and international organizations.
What is involved in an internship?
- Sign up for a minimum of 2 credits of PS 410 (max 12 credits). 1 credit equals 30 internship work hours. Depending on the internship, students may do the hours all at once (e.g., an intensive 2 week program totaling 60 or more hours), spread across a term (e.g., 2 credits=6/work hours/week X 10 weeks=60hours/term) or even spread across multiple terms.
- Students may also sign up for 2 credits of PS 406, the reading and writing component of the internship, though this is not required.
You must meet with the Internship Coordinator to complete the necessary paperwork in order to register a for PS 406 & 410 and receive credit.
You should enroll in PS 410 and PS 406 during the terms in which you participate in an internship, e.g., summer interns should enroll for those courses during summer quarter. If students elect to also enroll in PS 406, all course requirements must be completed prior to receiving credit for PS 410.
What do Political Science Interns do?
Internships should provide a meaningful and practical experience, not just copying and filing. Some examples of things interns have done are: research for a legislative campaign, research for a legal case, working on phone campaigns, drafting materials and documents, and implementing programs.
How do I find an internship?
There are three ways: create it through personal contacts in an area of interest; check our weekly emails on the PS listserv for internship requests we receive; or brainstorm with the PS Advisor or Internship Coordinator.
Want to visit Washington, D.C.? There are internship opportunities with House and Senate office, the White House, and many other organizations, think tanks, and corporate offices.
Want to study abroad? Internships are available in many countries. For more information about doing an internship abroad, visit OSU's Office of International Programs website.
Interested in working locally? Check out the following websites:
Some examples of recent internships include:
- Benton County Democrats
- Benton County Republicans
- CAUSA – Oregon’s Immigrant Rights Coalition (Salem)
- National Firefighter Training and Carding Association
- Oregon League of Conservation Voters (Portland)
- Reynolds Law Firm (Corvallis)
- Local, State & National Campaigns:
- Metro Council President Tom Hughes (Portland-Metro area)
- Commissioner Mary Stern (Yamhill County)
- Representative Greg Walden (Oregon)
- Representative Kurt Shrader (Oregon)
- Senator Jeff Denham (California)
- Senator Ron Wyden (Oregon)
- Senator Richard Devlin (Tualatin, Oregon)
- Jerry Jackson for Benton County Commissioner
- Former Senator Mitt Romney for President
I've Found an Internship, Now What Do I Do?
Read these documents to learn more about the internship process and what you need to do in order to get credit for your internship:
The Internship Process
Internship Requirements & Checklist
Internship Sponsor Requirements
Contract for Blanket Numbered Courses
Intern Mid-Term Self-Evaluation
Sponsor Mid-Term Evaluation
Intern Final Self-Evaluation
Sponsor Final Evaluation
Student Evaluation of Internship