Political Science internships

Political science internships allow students to broaden their exploration of political life by augmenting coursework with real-life experience. Political science internships offer students the opportunity to explore potential careers in the field, network, apply coursework, build their résumé and receive academic credit. Internship opportunities are available at the local, state, national and international levels in various public, non-profit and private organizations.

Public Service internship (PSC 490F)

The public service internship program offers interested and qualified students the opportunity to earn three-to-six credits while serving as an intern at public, nonprofit, or approved private organization 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. In addition, internship positions are available in various state‐level campaign offices.

The student typically works in his/her assigned or selected organization for six to 12 hours per week depending on the number of credits a student wishes to earn.

Congressional Internship Program (PSC 490G)

Students can earn three-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 the internship through the congressional office, not the political science department.


International Affairs Internships (IAFF 350)

International Affairs internships allow students to earn academic credit while also gaining valuable experience outside the classroom. The primary requirement is that there be some element of the internship with an international component. In fact, many IAFF 350 internship opportunities do not require foreign travel. Typical IAFF internships involve working with an organization that engages in international exchanges, working in diplomacy or government, or working with an international business. A few examples of past internship opportunities include the Northern Nevada International Center (NNIC), a foreign consulate, the U.S. State Department, or for a local company that does business overseas. Students may also find internships while participating in a study abroad program. Some of the USAC programs, for example, offer opportunities for students to complete internships as a way of enriching the international experience.


Nevada Legislative Internship Program (PSC 490B)

Students participating in the Nevada Legislative Internship Program will gain first-hand experience in the inner workings of the Nevada State Legislature while earning three-to-six academic credits. Enrolled students will be exposed to the Nevada legislative process, which includes direct experience with the policy process and policy research as well as observations of the interaction between the legislative and executive branches. Students will be able to apply knowledge and skills gained from classes in political science and related areas to the legislative and policy development processes.

The duration of the internship is approximately five months, from mid‐January until mid-May during the legislative session, which convenes biennially during odd years.

This internship is available to juniors, seniors and graduate students. Interested students are strongly encouraged to complete PSC 101 American Politics: Process and Behavior, PSC 210 American Public Policy and/or PSC 304 The Legislative Process. A GPA of 3.0 is preferred.

Internship applications will open on September 1, 2020 and will close on October 1, 2020. One letter of recommendation is required.

Graduate Public Service Internship (PSC 690F)

The graduate public service internship, PSC 690F, is offered every semester; 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. 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.