FROM THE DEPARTMENT CHAIR

  • Dr. Patrick Haney, Chair

    Dr. Patrick Haney

    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

  • POL welcomes...

    See you on August 29th!

    Welcome Class of 2020

  • Summer Scholars 2016

    Future leaders and future Redhawks...

    Summer Scholars 2016

  • NEW FALL 2016 COURSE OFFERING

    IES 440D/540D and POL 460D/560D
    U.S. ENERGY POLICY: 
    STRATEGIC INTERESTS, CLIMATE CHANGE, AND GLOBALIZATION
    INSTRUCTOR: MS. JANE HARF

    Ohio Citizen Action

    Largest offshore windfarm stuns media (European Tribune)

    Energy production is one of the most important and complex issues facing the United States and the world. In this country, the lack of comprehensive and long-range energy strategies has led to the development of a system of competing special interests focused on narrow short-term goals. At the same time, energy policy has a direct impact on critical concerns of the 21 st century, including climate change, national security, environmental degradation, public health, and economic stability.

    Instructor Jane Harf brings a unique perspective to this discussion, having managed energy issues in leadership positions at the Sierra Club (environmental nonprofit), Ohio EPA (state regulatory agency), and American Electric Power (large investor-owned utility) – three very different and important entities in energy policy development and advocacy. While often seen as competing, Ms. Harf maintains that the interests of activists, citizens, customers, and shareholders have common threads that can be woven together to create a coherent energy strategy. She has built successful coalitions to pursue responsible, equitable, and forward-looking policy outcomes. Most recently, Ms. Harf led a statewide effort to demonstrate support for renewable energy and energy efficiency, bringing together businesses, community institutions, nonprofit organizations, and local governments.

    The first part of this seminar-style course will examine changes in energy generation and distribution systems in the U.S., the role of influential stakeholders, the fiscal and environmental policies that determine winner and losers, and the impact of alternative policy options for the future.

    The second part of the course will focus on the international energy landscape – including a retrospective of United Nations climate conferences from Rio de Janeiro in 1992 to Paris in 2015 – and will evaluate the role of the United States in determining the eventual outcome. The question of how we move forward in the current political environment to design a meaningful and effective energy strategy will be a central question for class consideration.

    This class counts as a POL elective and an elective for the IES Sustainability and Energy co-majors.

  • Maggie Reilly '17 elected ASG President

    POL pride...

    Maggie Reilly, ASG President

  • March 2016 eNewsletter

    What's going on in the Department of Political Science?

    Click here to read our latest eNewsletter.

  • The Augustus J. “Gus” Jones, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

    The Department of Political Science and the family of Dr. Jones wish to honor Gus’s memory by establishing a scholarship in his name: The Augustus J. “Gus” Jones, Jr. Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded every spring for the next academic year and given to to students of historically underrepresented populations, with first preference to African American students. Checks can be made to the Miami University Foundation and note “Gus Jones” on the memo line, or gifts can be made online at http://www.forloveandhonor.org/s/916/flah-2-col.aspx?sid=916&gid=1&pgid=6009, and click “other fund” and in the box below write “Gus Jones.”

CALENDAR

MAJORS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

FAQs

  • Who is my POL Advisor?

    The POL advisors list has been updated for 2016-17. NOTE: Advisors have been assigned for incoming first year students (2016) and returning students (began before this fall). Be sure you check the correct list to find your advisor. You should also be able to find your assigned advisor on MyMiami once updated. 

    Who is my POL Advisor?

  • When can I meet with my professor?

    All of the POL faculty and staff Fall 2016 office hours can be found on the POL website. The list also includes office numbers, telephone numbers, and email addresses.

    Faculty Office Hours

  • How do I apply for internship credit?

    Visit the Internships and Fellowships page for information and to submit your internship application using our online form...no more paper!

    Internships and Fellowships

  • Does POL offer Undergraduate Associate experiences?

    Yes. Many POL faculty members invite high potential undergraduate students to serve as an Undergraduate Associate in their classrooms. You are encouraged to talk to your professor about the UA Program and express your interest in this unique and valuable experience.

    Visit the UA Program website for additional information.

    Undergraduate Associate forms

  • What is the "experiential learning" requirement?

    The Global Miami Plan now requires incoming students to complete an experiential learning requirement. From the EL website, "Experiential learning is the process of making meaning from direct experience in a real world or an "out of the traditional classroom" context. It offers students the opportunity to initiate lifelong learning through the development and application of academic knowledge and skills in new or different settings."

    Visit the EL website for additional information and courses that satisfy the requirement.

  • What courses can I take?

    POL offers a wide variety of courses each semester. Visit the course catalog to read brief descriptions of the POL course offerings. NOTE: not every course is offered every semester.

    POL Course Descriptions

    Global Miami Plan

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

  • When Politics meets Foreign Policy Speaker Series

    Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council presents:

    Members of our Partners: Foreign Policy Leadership Council, League of Women Voters, Miami University Political Science Department, and Xavier University.

  • The Harry T. Wilks Lecture Series

    A Conversation with Byron Pitts, ABC's Nightline co-anchor & Author

    HOW I SEE IT NOW: My Remarkable Journey from Illiteracy to Nightline
    Wednesday, September 14 • 7pm, Parrish Auditorium • Miami University Hamilton
    This event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.

    For tickets, call Jackie Webb at 513.785.3020 or reserve online at MiamiOH.edu/Regionals/wilks-lecture

  • Phil Levy: "Are Trade Deals Killing Us? Turbulent Trade Politics at Home and Abroad."

    Miami University's Economics club will be hosting an event with Phil Levy from the Chicago Council of Global Affairs.

    Mr. Levy will speak about the contentious issue of trade deals like NAFTA and the TPP both in the US election and abroad.

    The event will be held at the Taylor Auditorium at 5:30pm on September 28

INTERNSHIPS

  • Internship Disclaimer

    The internships, fellowships, and opportunities posted on this website are for student informational purposes and should not be considered an endorsement by Miami University or the Department of Political Science of any political party, candidate, or special interest group.
  • Eric Holcomb Campaign Internship

    POSTED 8/19/19: The Eric Holcomb campaign for Governor is currently seeking highly motivated, organized, and reliable applicants for either a full time or a part time unpaid internship for the 2016 election. The internship would be scheduled from now until election day on November 8th. The internship will allow applicants to be an essential part of the effort to elect Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb as the next Governor of Indiana.

    Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, reaching out to prospective voters through phone calls or engaging in door to door canvassing.

    Interns will get valuable experience organizing GOTV efforts on one of the largest and most data-savvy grassroots campaigns in the country. If interested, please send a resume Matt Wagner to 83mwagner@gmail.com

  • Democratic Coalition Against Trump

    POSTED 8/8/16: Democratic Coalition Against Trump is the nation’s largest grassroots anti-Trump organization. Our organization is building a network of campus organizations dedicated to mobilizing college students to join the Stop Trump movement as part of our Students Against Trump campaign. We’re looking for motivated and passionate students to join our campus engagement program as Campus Ambassadors. Campus Ambassadors will manage “Students Against Trump” chapters on campus, which will serve as hubs for political engagement and organizing and as a liaison to the national “Stop Trump” movement.

    Primary duties will include operating a Students Against Trump chapter on campus, which includes recruiting members, organizing meetings and events, and registering students to vote. No political experience is required, but campus ambassadors must have strong leadership and communication skills and be self-starters capable of working under minimal supervision.

    Students of all majors are welcome to apply, but the number of positions per school is limited and applications are processed on a rolling basis. Therefore, interested students are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

    Students can apply by filling out this form on our website. Questions about the Campus Ambassador program or the Democratic Coalition Against Trump should be directed to Emmett@KeepAmericaGreat.us

  • Hamilton County Emergency Mgmt

    POSTED 8/1: The Hamilton County Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency would like to extend an internship opportunity to the students in the Political Science Department, in which they would work closely with our team on community preparedness projects, emergency planning, designing exercises, and developing more evolved communication techniques, including the use of social media. Interested students can contact Emily.Lakamp@hamilton-co.org and should include a copy of their resume for review.
  • Rob Portman for Senate Internship Opportunity

    Posted 8/12: The Portman for Senate Campaign is looking for interns to participate in their fall program. This is a great opportunity for those interested in learning more about campaigns and politics. The campaign provides flexible hours and is able to work with busy schedules. Interns will be working at the West Side office at 2300 Montana Ave. in Cincinnati. Shifts are offered for Monday through Saturday 10am-8pm.

    Interns will be exposed to:

    • Political Campaign Strategy 
    • Voter Targeting and Contact Methods
    • Grassroots Organizing and Networking
    • Discussion of Current Political Issues

    If this opportunity interests you, please contact Tori Mahoney at tori@robportman.com or Emma Bock at ebock@robportman.com

  • Sen. Sherrod Brown Internships

    POSTED 8/1: The Cincinnati office of U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown is seeking interns for the fall of 2016 Semester. Interns in Senator Brown’s Office work on a wide range of projects with staff.  Our internships are designed primarily for the educational benefit of students currently enrolled in college and are unpaid. Interns will have the opportunity to participate in all aspects of the office administration, activities, working with constituents, developing special programs, writing briefings, and attending community events.  As an intern, you will: Gain insight into the workings of a Senate office and the federal government Speak with constituent on the phone, or at special events Open and distribute constituent mail, review incoming correspondence Assist the staff with casework requests Improve your writing skills and customer service skills Research legislative issues, monitor Senate committees Complete projects and briefing requests as assigned Hours and duration of the internships are negotiable. To apply, please contact Stuart_Zorn@brown.senate.gov. For additional information, please call Senator Brown’s office at 513-684-1021.

  • Ohio Together: Ohio for Hillary Campaign Internship

    Posted 8/12: This fall the Ohio Together Campaign is looking for individuals to be a part of a historic opportunity to help elect the first female President of the United States, Hillary Clinton.

    The Ohio Together Campaign values the empowerment of others through training, skill building and fellowship opportunities. Interns will be trained on the basics of organizing and campaign fundamentals and then placed in a community to carry out grassroots activities. This eight-week program is designed to test, train and develop a new class of organizers. 

    CAMPUS FELLOWS WILL BE ASKED TO COMMIT TO A MINIMUM OF 10-15 HOURS PER WEEK AND WILL:

    • Participate in training on field organizing, messaging, and other activities
    • Organize in a community, working in conjunction with grassroots leasers and campaign staff
    • Engage new potential volunteers through phone calls and canvassing 
    • Empower new voters by collecting voter registration forms
    • Hold organizational meetings to recruit new volunteers and supporters in communities 
    • Use social networks to amplify messages and talk about the work they do 
    • Work to build a network to elect Democratic candidates up and down the ticket


    This is a highly competitive program. The deadline to apply for the Fall 2016 internship is August 26, and acceptances will occur on a rolling basis. All fellowships with Hillary for America are unpaid. However, campus fellows are eligible for course credit depending on major. 

    For any interest in applying please email Kirby Chandler a resume at kchandler@OHvictory2016.org

  • Joe Heck for Senate: Virtual Internship Opportunity

    Posted 8/23: The Dr. Joe Heck for U.S. Senate Campaign is currently seeking interns for a Senate race that could decide which party holds the majority in the Senate.

    Although the campaign is located in Nevada, they are offering a unique virtual internship which will provide an opportunity to participate in a tightly contested race while still residing in Ohio, or elsewhere.

    Interns will gain valuable experience in:

    • Voter Outreach
    • Social Media
    • Information Technology
    • Research 
    • Graphic Design

    If interested in this opportunity, please contact Whitney Lawrence at whitney@drjoeheck.com

  • OH Democratic Caucus

    POSTED 8/1: The Ohio House Democratic Caucus (OHDC) is currently seeking motivated, politically-minded individuals to join the OHDC Internship Program for the 2016 election cycle from when they return to school in August until November 15th.

    Ohio House Democratic Caucus interns are expected to have the following qualities:
    • Interest in politics, government, campaigns and/or public affairs
    • Ability to multitask and adapt to a fast-paced environment
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills
    • Strong planning and organizational skills; ability to multitask and manage time effectively
    • Strong attention to detail

    Ohio House Democratic Caucus interns are expected to perform the following tasks:
    • Work with the caucus on upkeep and maintenance of donor database
    • Donor research
    • Produce weekly news clips of House candidates and opponents
    • Analysis of campaign data
    • Direct voter contact by phone and/or door
    • Other duties as needed

    Ohio House Democratic Caucus interns are expected to gain the following skills:
    • Wide ranging knowledge of campaign strategy and targeting
    • Research and tracking techniques
    • Data tracking and upkeep
    • Familiarity with NGP VAN and VoteBuilder software


    Interested applicants should submit a resume to Alyssa Wischmann at awischmann@ohiodems.org

  • Digital Internship

    POSTED 7/6/16: Digital Internship Opportunity with the Federal Government

    The Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) is the largest virtual internship program in the world! This year there are more than 900 vacancies with more than 30 federal agencies. VSFS offers unique mentoring and recruitment possibilities.

    Applications for the 2016-17 VSFS program are open between July 2 and 22 on USAJOBS.gov. Real work is waiting for students with more than 30 federal agencies including NASA, the Smithsonian, the State Department, National Parks Service, and others. You can see the projects offered at http://vsfs.state.gov/! To apply, students must log on to USAJOBS, create an account, build a resume, and upload a transcript.

    eInterns play an important role in moving the government forward. There’s something for everyone: design, research, mapping, videography, history, analysis, writing, calculation, policy planning, app development , and more!

    eInterns spend ten hours a week from September through May. Although this is unpaid, volunteer work, eInterns make connections that make a difference, gain valuable experience, and sometimes get course credit. All applicants must be U.S. citizens enrolled in at least one university level course in the U.S. or abroad.

  • Environment America 2016 Fellowship Program

    ONGOING: 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 jobs.environmentamerica.org

  • Republican Leadership Initiative opportunity

     Posted 1/5/16

    Republican Leadership Initiative

  • Internships in Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley's office

    ONGOING: Mayor John Cranley's office is now accepting applications for spring, summer, and fall internships. If interested, send your resume and writing sample to cranley.internships@cincinnati-oh.gov

    cranley

  • 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 mcantrel@cgagroup.com. 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

NEWS FOR STUDENTS

  • Get your resume ready for the Career Fair

    September 14...

    Career Fair, 9/14, 1-5:30pm in Millett Hall

  • Cincinnati Regional Chamber Hiring

    POSTED 8/1: Government Affairs Administrator

    The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber is one of the nation's largest Chambers, representing the interests of nearly 4,000 member businesses and more than 300,000 employees. Our purpose is to grow the vibrancy and economic prosperity of our region. Our vision is that we will be the hottest city in America. As the largest business organization in the region, the Chamber provides numerous services, including business retention and attraction, programs and events, member benefits to improve members' bottom line, solutions to members' workforce challenges, government advocacy, and more to create and sustain a positive business climate for our community, including demonstrating a commitment to small business assistance and economic inclusion. The Chamber's talented, professional staff of 60 people works with thousands of engaged member companies, volunteers and partners in an effort to create and sustain a dynamic Cincinnati USA, a region comprised of 15 counties located in southwestern Ohio, northern Kentucky and southeastern Indiana.

    We are currently seeking a full time Government Affairs Administrator to support the Chamber’s government affairs efforts by coordinating the overall activities of the government affairs team. Responsibilities include planning and executing events, maintaining contact lists, providing general administrative support, prepping for committee meetings and letter writing.

    Essential Functions
    • Anticipate the needs of the government affairs team and understand how best to serve them.
    • Organize and plan annual advocacy trips in Cincinnati, Columbus and Washington, D.C.; including agenda development, managing travel and catering logistics, creating trip budgets and overseeing day of event execution.
    • Coordinate annual Legislative Reception including invitations, on-site management, budget oversight and catering.
    • Provide meeting support including setting appointments, creating agendas, handling logistics such as catering and meeting setup, sending invitations and reminders, preparing materials for meeting, taking notes, and creating minutes.
    • Serve as a central coordination point and provide support to Government Affairs Council and Government Affairs Executive Committee members.
    • Prepare and mail correspondence to governmental officials as necessary.
    • Create new meeting products in the Personify database and ensure that current customer data is reflected accurately.
    • Maintain and update contact lists for governmental officials, Government Affairs Council, Government Affairs Executive Committee and task forces.
    • File quarterly lobbying ethics forms.
    • Assist with scheduling and calendar management.
    • Support the development and regular updates to the legislative issue matrix, legislative tracking list, policy agenda, and policy catalogs.
    • Manage the Voter Voice system to communicate timely government affairs information.

    Competencies
    • Customer Focus
    • Conflict Management
    • Functional/Technical Skills
    • Integrity and Trust

    Supervisory Responsibility
    The Government Affairs Administrator does not have supervisory responsibility.

    Preferred Education and Experience
    1. Bachelor’s degree preferred
    2. 1-3 years previous support experience

    Additional Eligibility Qualifications
    1. Extremely organized, efficient, detail-oriented and successful at meeting deadlines
    2. Excellent interpersonal skills both in person and by phone, with high professionalism with leaders at all levels
    3. Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines at the same time
    4. Strong customer service ethic and high expectations for quality

    Other Duties
    Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

    Work Environment
    The position is located in a climate-controlled downtown office site and requires a minimal amount of external activity. The job will require talking, listening, researching, and sitting for long periods working at a computer screen. This position does not require travel. Requirements include some evenings and weekends, flexible work week available to accommodate these instances.

    Our Culture
    We commit to achieving tangible results in a supportive team environment built on respect, energy, curiosity, continuous improvement, and positive attitudes and relationships. We are visionaries, collaborators, and makers of change. We lead inclusively with passion, integrity, and fun!

    Equal Opportunity Employment
    We are an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.

    Position offers a rewarding challenge in a professional environment, competitive salary & excellent benefit package. Please submit resume & salary requirements to Resume@cincinnatichamber.com.

  • Ohio Democratic Party is Hiring

    POSTED 6/13/16: Organize for the Ohio Democratic Party

    The Ohio Democratic Party (ODP) is hiring top-quality Organizers for the 2016 cycle. ODP’s grassroots infrastructure spans all 88 counties and works to energize and empower local communities in support of the Democratic ticket in one of the country’s top battleground states. Organizers are the core of the ODP and will be responsible for delivering the margin of victory on a top-tier U.S. Senate race and other high-profile races this fall. Organizers report to Regional Organizing Directors and will be based in cities and counties across the state. Position runs until mid-November 2016.

    To apply, please send your resume to Kayla at kcalkin@ohiodems.org.

    Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

    • Recruiting, training, and managing volunteers
    • Developing volunteer leaders to organize phone banks, canvasses, voter registration drives, and other events designed to contact voters and engage volunteers.
    • Meeting voter contact and volunteer recruitment goals
    • Conducting outreach to constituency groups, Democratic clubs, and allied organizations
    • Representing the campaign at community meetings and events
    • Implementing direct voter contact programs to motivate and mobilize voters


    Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

    • Strong commitment to Democratic politics and ideals and enthusiasm for electing Democratic candidates in Ohio.
    • Great time management and organization skills.
    • Discipline and a solutions-oriented attitude toward tasks
    • Ability to train and instruct volunteers.
    • Excellent listening skills and ability to speak and write effectively and professionally
    • Strong organizational, management, and interpersonal skills.
    • Experience in setting and achieving measurable targets, managing teams, and coordinating between multiple stakeholders.
    • Ability to handle multiple priority projects and meet established timelines.
    • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.
    • Candidates with experience with political campaigns, managing volunteers or building relationships with diverse groups of people are preferred.


    Salary is competitive and will include benefits. The Ohio Democratic Party is an equal opportunity employer and it is our policy to recruit, hire, train, promote and administer any and all personnel actions without regard to sex, race, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity or expression, ethnic identity or physical disability, or any other legally protected basis.