Interns with Senator Maria Chapelle-Nadal, 2016.
Intern with Senator David Pearce, 2015.
See the Interns in Action
The Department of Political Science offers full-time and part-time internships at the state legislature. Applications are taken during fall semester, and selected students serve during the spring semester. Although most students are assigned to an individual legislator, it is possible to place students with legislative committees or services, or administrative agencies or another state office.
- You will gain work experience making you a more desirable candidate for employment after graduation.
- You can test your interest in the area and apply the skills you have learned in class.
- You can continue to accrue credit hours, but do something different.
- You make potentially valuable contacts.
- It's fun.
What Do Interns Do?
Interns work directly with a government employee or political official. Basically you learn about what the job requires by observing and assisting your supervisor. For example, during the course of a semester, a legislative intern participates in a multiplicity of activities. Some of these activities include
- Observe floor session, committee hearings, and press conferences.
- Shadow the representative.
- Meet other government officials, lobbyists, and constituents.
- Write press releases, speeches, and/or constituent letters.
- Research bills and policy issues.
- Conduct constituent service.
- Serve as a page for floor session.
- Give capitol tours for constituent groups.
Arrangements are also made so that interns as a class have the opportunity to tour the Governor's Mansion, watch the Supreme Court hear cases, and visit the prison.
In addition, the House Intern Program schedules meetings so that students can talk with, ask questions of, and have photos taken with the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer, auditor, and attorney general. The program also sponsors a mock session in the House Chamber, in which UCM interns usually participate.
Other possible internship opportunities include:
Internship Programs In Washington, D.C.
- Congressional Hispanic Caucus http://www.chci.org/
- Washington Center http://www.twc.edu/
- Washington Intern Foundation http://interns.org/
- Institute for Experiential Learning http://www.ielnet.org/
Other American Politics Internship Programs
- New York State Public Management
- Feminist Majority http://www.feminist.org/welcome/intern1.html
- Project Vote Smart http://www.vote-smart.org/
- National Organization for Women
- Heritage Foundation http://www.heritage.org/
International Relations Internship Programs
- The Carter Center
- U.S. Embassies
- The State Department
- Human Rights Watch
For information about internship opportunities and applications, see Dr. Robynn Kuhlmann, Wood Building, Room 203 or call her office at 660-543-8307.