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

  • Register Now

    What are you doing Winter Term 2015? POL is offering on campus, online, and study abroad opportunties:

    • POL 101: Politics and National Issues (Dr. Barilleaux)...30% online
    • POL 102: Politics and Global Issues (Dr. Saine)
    • POL 161: The Challenge of Public Leadership (Dr. Russo)
    • POL 307: Public Opinion Laboratory (Dr. Morris)...100% online (closed)
    • POL 307: Public Opinion Laboratory (Dr. Toll)...100% online (new section added)
  • In Memoriam

    Dr. James Richard Woodworth, age 95, after a long, useful, and loving life, died Wednesday, October 8, 2014, at Liberty Nursing Home, Oxford, Ohio. Jim taught Political Science and in the School of Education; he became chair of Political Science and Associate Dean of Arts and Science. He was Director of Miami’s original Honors Program and served as Parliamentarian for the University Senate. He served on the Oxford City Council and helped write the city’s original charter...more about Dr. Woodworth's life.

    Story from Miami University News

    Memorial donations may be made to: USO or to the Liberty Nursing Home, 6099 Fairfield Rd., Oxford, OH 45056.

  • 2014 Darrell West Lecture

    Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks '82 (R-IN) spoke about why we need more women in Congress.

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2015-16 Scholarships

Internships

  • Jobs that make an Impact

    Posted 11/3: Priority application deadline is November 7. Impact runs action campaigns on issues that matter, like global warming, clean water and big money’s influence over our democracy, and we’re hiring! This isn’t a study program or a travel program; it’s an action program. Our mission is to create the grassroots action, energy and power it takes to make an impact on important issues. If you’re serious about making an impact on these issues and you’re willing to get out and work in the real world, where issue campaigns like these are won and lost, then we’re the group for you. To learn more, visit our website at www.weareimpact.org

  • Heritage Foundation Recruiting

    UPDATED 11/03: SUMMER INTERNSHIP DEADLINE IS FEB 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 webiste.  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

    www.heritage.org

  • Rep. Wenstrup Internships

    UPDATED 10/16: Spring application deadline is 12/15. Rep. Wenstrup’s is looking for spring interns in his Cincinnati office.

    Visit his Internship Application website to apply.

  • Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

    POSTED 10/15: Applications for the Spring 2015 Emerging Leaders and Communications Internships are now being accepted. 

    Visit the website to apply.

  • Center for American Progress-Communications Internship

    POSTED 10/15: 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.

  • 2015 White House Internship Program

    POSTED 9/30: Applications for the Summer 2015 White House Internship Program are now being accepted. For more information and to apply, 

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/internships

  • The Borgen Project

    POSTED 9/29: 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

  • Campaign Organizer with Environment Ohio

    UPDATED 9/24: The early application deadline is 10/5. The Public Interest Network, which includes Environment America, PIRG and other groups, is hiring graduating seniors to join our team of 50 campaign organizers. It’s a two-year program designed to give you a chance to make a difference on some of the most important issues of our time.

    Visit their website for more information and to apply.

  • Summer Internship w/Mayor Cranley

    POSTED 9/22/14: Now accepting applications for summer internships with Mayor John Cranley's office in Cincinnati. If interested, send current resume and writing sample to Daniel.Rajaiah@cincinnati-oh.gov.

    Download more information. (PDF 227KB)

  • Ohio Democratic Party

    UPDATED 8/26: DEADLINE IS APPROACHING. The ODP Organizing Fellowship Program will train and develop the next generation of community organizers and will help our campaigns expand their outreach efforts in communities throughout Ohio. Organizing is inspiring but difficult work, so only those with a serious interest should apply.

    Apply to be an Ohio Democratic Party Organizing Fellow in 2014

  • Ready for Hillary

    POSTED 8/8: Ready for Hillary is a national grassroots movement working to encourage Hillary Clinton to run for president and lay the foundation for her campaign should she decide to run. We are reaching out to students across the country to give as many young people as possible the opportunity to be part of this work from the ground floor. Students who might be interested in getting involved with Ready for Hillary at Miami University should contact Katelyn McCormick at Katelyn.ReadyforHillary@gmail.com.

  • Environment Ohio

    POSTED 8/5: We are in the middle of an urgent campaign to protect our parks like Hocking Hills and Darby Creek, and we’re hiring summer campaign staff to come help us win! We are looking for candidates who are hard workers, have excellent communication skills, and want to make positive social change. As a member of our staff, you will fund-raise, build membership for our partner groups, and educate and activate citizens on pressing issues. You will also have the opportunity to take further campaign actions like organizing press conferences and building coalitions with other non-profit organizations. While on staff, you gain knowledge of pressing concerns our country is facing, learn how to effectively generate public support, and obtain a firm understanding of the political process. We have daily info sessions and interviews in our Columbus office.

    Click here to apply or call (614) 372-5989.

  • U.S.PIRG Hiring

    POSTED 6/26: U.S.PIRG is currently hiring for New Voters Project Organizers and are looking for candidates who want to make an impact doing voter engage on college campuses this fall.

    Apply online at their website.

  • Cornerstone

    POSTED 6/18: 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  

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