From the Department

  • Dr. Patrick Haney, Chair

    Welcome to the Department of Political Science. Prospective students will find information about majors and what you might study as a Political Science student at Miami University. Current students will find information about your professors, office hours, major and minor requirements, internships, fellowships, jobs, and upcoming current events. Alumni will find information about what other alumni are doing and learn how you might be able to Make a Difference. We are very proud of our faculty, staff, current students and alumni. Please look around and you will understand why.

The Latest from POL

  • Enjoy your holiday.

    Happy Thanksgiving

  • You can now enroll in Winter Term POL courses

    On campus, online, or abroad, POL is offering a variety of courses for the upcoming Winter term. Enroll now!

    Winter Courses

  • Judge Nick Selvaggio '88 wins Ohio State Bar Association Award

    Congratulations to Judge Nick Selvaggio '88 (Public Administration) who was honored with the Ohio State Bar Association Judicial Administration and Legal Reform Committee Innovative Court Practices Award. Judge Selvaggio was chosen for his work on the Managing Jail Population and Overages Project of the Champaign County Court of Common Pleas.
  • Welcome the new POL faculty and staff


    Visiting Assistant Professors:

    Janus Scholar: Ashley Nickels

    Staff: Andrew Geisler


  • Miami in D.C. Alumni Board

    Miami University has formed an inaugural "Miami in D.C." Alumni Advisory Board. The board will work with academic leadership in the College of Arts and Science and the Departments of Political Science, and Media, Journalism & Film to strengthen existing academic programs in the region, such as Inside Washington. The board also will develop new academic opportunities for Miami students seeking experience in the nation’s more here.

    Inaugural Board Members:

    • Rep. Susan Brooks '82, Republican representative for a congressional district in Indiana.
    • LaDavia Drane '04, director of African American Outreach, Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign (assumes role in June 2015).
    • Shefali Razdan Duggal '93, member, Democratic National Committee's national finance committee.
    • Justin Faulb '05, assistant general counsel, National Association of Broadcasters.
    • Jeff Pegues '92, justice and homeland security correspondent, CBS News.
    • Steve Pinkos '92, partner, American Continental Group.
    • Mike Sommers '97, chief of staff to House Speaker John Boehner.
    • Katie Troller '08, manager, federal government relations, Walgreens.
    • Darrell West '76, vice president of governance studies, director of the Center for Technology Innovation, Douglas Dillon Chair In Governance Studies, Brookings Institution.
  • Congratulations to all POL award recipients!

    The Department of Political Science 2014-15 Awards Banquet was held in the Heritage Room at the Shriver Center on Tuesday, April 28.

    You can see all the 2014-15 award recipients here...

    2015 Banquet

  • Lisa Schrader '94

    Lisa Schrader '94, Chief of Staff to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, provides Inside Chicago students with tour and behind the scenes look of City Hall during Winter Term 2015. POL major Lance Greenberg is seated immediately to Lisa's right.

    Inside Chicago

  • POL welcomed the 2015 Summer Scholars

    July 6-16: Inside State and Local Government, Leadership and Public Affairs

    Summer Scholars


Upcoming Speakers

  • March 9, 2016

News for Students

  • Internship Application now ONLINE

    Visit the Internships and Fellowships page for information and to submit your internship application using our online more paper!

    Internships and Fellowships

  • Who is my POL Advisor?

    The POL advisors list has been updated for 2015-16. Please refer to the updated list as you prepare to meet with your advisor. NOTE: Advisors have been assigned for incoming first year students (2015) and returning students (began before this fall). Be sure you check the correct list to find your advisor.

    Who is my POL Advisor?

    Faculty Office Hours

  • 2016 Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship

    The Rangel Program is pleased to announce the opening of the application period for its 2016 graduate fellowship.   The Fellowship welcomes applications from individuals who want to make a difference in the world through careers as Foreign Service Officers in the U.S. Department of State.  The Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program provides benefits of up to $95,000 over two years toward a two-year master's degree, arranges internships on Capitol Hill and at U.S. embassies, and provides mentorship and professional development support. Fellows can use the fellowship to attend two-year master's programs in U.S. institutions to study an area of relevance to the Foreign Service, including international relations, public policy, public administration, economics, or business administration. Upon successful completion of the two-year fellowship and Foreign Service entry requirements, Fellows join the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State, embarking on a uniquely rewarding career of international service. Applicants must be college seniors or graduates planning to start two-year graduate programs in fall 2016, must have GPAs of at least 3.2, and must be U.S. citizens. The program welcomes any undergraduate major and encourages applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need. Information and application materials can be found at The application deadline is January 13, 2016. The Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by Howard University.     


  • City Internships

    POSTED 11/10: City Internships runs immersive career training programs for college students and recent graduates. Applications are open for 2016 spring and summer global internship programs in London, Los Angeles and New York. They're designed to expand participants; horizons and get them job-ready. For each program, on top of hard and soft skill building at weekly career seminars, workshops and networking events, participants undertake an internship placement at one of our partner companies. Students and graduates develop real-world skills, build their professional network and fast-track their career.
    For more information and to apply, visit
  • Internships in Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley's office

    POSTED 11/9: Mayor John Cranley's office is now accepting applications for spring, summer, and fall internships. If interested, send your resume and writing sample to


  • OLSC Fellowship Program

  • Environment America 2016 Fellowship Program

    POSTED 9/23: Environment America seeks talented candidates for their fellowship program and digital campaign team. These are entry level positions that start in August of 2016. Positions are available in Washington, D.C.; Boston, MA; Denver, CO; Philadelphia, PA; Portland, OR; and Raleigh, NC. For more information and to apply go to

    Early consideration application deadline is 10/25. 

  • New Day for America Super PAC internship

    POSTED 9/16: New Day for America is the Super PAC working to get Governor Kasich elected President. For internship experience with a political action committee in support of a major presidential candidate contact Elle Decot at
  • Vote Smart National Internship Program

    POSTED 8/18: Vote Smart National Internship Program provides a unique lesson in the study of American politics. Students from across the nation and around the world come to our research center in the Montana Rockies to help American citizens educate themselves about elected officials and candidates. Visit their website for more information and to apply.
  • Heritage Foundation Recruiting

    UPDATED July 1: Spring 2016 deadline is October 1. Heritage Foundation is recruiting students for their Internship Programs. We are looking for rising juniors and seniors interested in promoting Heritage policy and research, and experiencing DC first hand. On our website you can find a full list our 60 open positions in policy, promotion, business and more on our website.  Interested applicants should apply using our online application. You also need to submit two letters of recommendation and an official school transcript by the deadline. Deadlines for the 3 semesters are:

    Fall: June 15
    Spring: October 1
    Summer: February 1

  • Rep. Wenstrup Internships

    ONGOING:  Rep. Wenstrup’s is looking for spring interns in his Cincinnati office. 

    Spring Session – Preference will extended to those who submit applications by November 15th
    Summer Session – Preference will extended to those who submit applications by April 15th
    Fall Session – Preference will extended to those who submit applications by July 15th

    Visit his Internship Application website to apply.

  • Paid Research Apprenticeships

    ONGOING: You are invited to participate in the Humanities Center’s new Research Apprenticeship Program. You can now apply to work as a paid Research Apprenticeship on a real research project conducted by a member of the humanities faculty at Miami University. The goal of this program is to foster faculty-student collaborations that give students valuable experience assisting on a real research projects. Please go to Research Apprenticeship Opportunities to see a list of current openings and instructions on how to apply. There are currently openings on a number of exciting projects. You can read more about the Research Apprenticeships Program and other undergraduate research opportunities by going to the Humanities Center website and highlighting the UNDERGRADUATE menu item. Tim Melley, Professor of English and Director of the Miami University Humanities Center
  • Center for American Progress-Communications Internship

    ONGOING: American Progress’s Communications team works to pursue progressive change by connecting American Progress’s experts, ideas, events, and publications with the media and the public. The team works to develop and execute comprehensive and innovative communications strategies to get American Progress’s policy priorities the attention they deserve.

    Visit the website for more information.

  • The Borgen Project

    ONGOING: The Borgen Project, a national campaign focused on alleviating poverty in developing nations. Through securing support from congressional leaders, we hope to pass bills and mobilize citizens to become more knowledgeable and active on development and foreign aid policies. We've got internship and volunteer opportunities opening in our Seattle office and nationwide.

    Seattle Internships

    Telecommute Internships

    Volunteer Opportunities

  • Cornerstone

    ONGOING: The Cornerstone Government Affairs intern program provides a unique opportunity for selected candidates to gain irreplaceable experience at the heart of Capitol Hill. Our intern program offers first-hand exposure to the people and processes of Congress and Washington, DC. Interested candidates should apply directly to Cornerstone’s Intern Coordinator, Madeleine Cantrel at An application includes a cover letter and resume.

    The email’s subject line should read: Full Name – Internship Application

    Download with more info and deadlines. (PDF 53KB)

  • Ohio Republicans

    Ohio Republican Party Internships  

    more information