Political Science Internships
Internships provide students an opportunity to apply what they learn in the classroom to the real world of politics and government. Internships also give students a wonderful environment in which to develop job skills and to establish professional networks for career placement and advancement. Several types of internships are available through the political science program.
Note: Students doing internships for Truman credit are assessed the regular tuition charges per credit hour.
- Missouri Government Internship
Students will spend the spring semester of the academic year in Jefferson City working with a state representative, a state senator, in the Governor’s office, or in some other top level of state government. Students will receive a stipend of $440 a month to defray their living expenses. Students earn 15 credit hours for this experience. Political science majors may apply all 15 hours to their required support, or 3 hours can be applied as an elective in the major and 12 hours applied toward required support and free electives.
- The Washington Center Internship
The Washington Center provides students a supervised experience working in federal agencies, art centers, and political and social organizations and in other important centers in the nation’s capitol.
- Other Internship Opportunities
A large number of other internships are possible through the political science department. Internships can be arranged with elected officials in Washington, D.C., Jefferson City, or in your hometown. Many political science students intern with policy organizations, lawyers, or in service activities with environmental or other service agencies inside and outside of government.