Internships and Jobs

Public Service Internship

The Public Service Internship program offers interested and qualified undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to earn three to six credits while serving as an intern in a public, nonprofit or approved private organizations in the community. While serving as an intern, students gain invaluable experience in and exposure to the day-to-day working environment of a host organization. Opportunities exist at both the domestic and international policy levels. In addition, internship positions are available in various state-level campaign offices.

It is possible to carry an internship position over from one semester to another. Although a few internships provide modest stipends or salaries, and some provide per diem expenses only, most are voluntary. The student typically works in his/her assigned or selected organization for from six to twelve hours per week depending on the number of credits a student wishes to earn.

Students must contact the faculty member with whom s/he is working at the end of each month. A final evaluation of the student's internship experience is due when the internship is completed.

Graduate Public Service Internship

The Political Science Department's Public Service Internship, PSC 690f, is offered every semester as well as during the summer; students may register for one to six credits. Unlike many internships, graduate students receive letter grades for their participation. Three credits of PSC 690f may be counted toward the degree program.

This is a wonderful opportunity for graduate students. A public service internship allows students to work with one of many government or not-for-profit public service organizations in the Washoe County area. Many students participating in the program have found that doing so helped them define their career objectives more clearly while also preparing them for professional life. While generally undergraduates participate in this program, many local organizations specifically need and want graduate students with special skills (like budget analysis or legal research). A number of graduate students who have participated in the program have found their experiences extremely helpful to their employment prospects in the local area.

Interested students should visit the Political Science Department's main office and consult our internship directory which lists and describes all of the organizations with which our department has established internship programs.

Congressional Internship Program

Students can earn three to six credits while obtaining practical experience in the legislative process by serving as an intern in one of Nevada's Senate or House congressional offices in Washington, D.C.

Students must obtain internship through the congressional office, not the Political Science Department. Prerequisites: Nine political science credits, including PSC 304, or examination.

Legislative Internship

Gain first-hand experience in the workings of Nevada's state government. Earn three or six university credits and the experience of a lifetime! The duration of internship is from mid-January until the end of the semester during the legislative session.

This internship is available to juniors, seniors and graduate students. Interested students should complete PSC 304 or PSC 208 by fall of the year. A GPA of 3.0 is preferred.

Applications will be available in the fall at the Political Science Department and online. Three faculty references and one letter of recommendation are required.

Internship applications are due mid-November.