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Gain experiences and credits out of the classroom.


Internships are a popular complement to classroom studies.  They permit you to sample a career before committing yourself to it and give you a look inside a political organization.  They add to your personal growth, enhance your resume – and can be fun.

You may earn a maximum of 3 credits towards the major from an internship.  Begin your search for an internship by contacting the Internship Office at the Office for Undergraduate Students (OUS), or by reviewing CLAS internship guidelines

Internships in political science have an academic component and must be approved for political science credit by the Political Science department chair.  The chair will determine if your internship is relevant to the political science major and, if approved, will assign you a faculty mentor with expertise in a field of study related to your internship.  You will work with your faculty mentor to design and complete a semester-length project that will provide an appropriate underpinning for your internship experience.  Internships are graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis and count toward your PSC elective requirement.  

Sample Political Science Internships in the Philadelphia Region

  • Carelift International
  • Catholic Social Services Archdiocese of Philadelphia
  • Ceasefire Pennsylvania
  • Clean Water Action
  • Foreign Policy Research Institute
  • Legal Advocacy, Civil Criminal Courts Counsel
  • PennPIRG
  • Pennsylvania House and Senate offices
  • Pennsylvania House and Senate election campaigns
  • Philadelphia/Camden Empowerment Zone
  • Philadelphia City Council offices
  • Philadelphia City Council election campaigns
  • U.S. House and Senate offices
  • U.S. House and Senate election campaigns