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

  • Christine Omolino Visit on 10/7

    Maxwell SchoolChristine Omolino, from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, will be visiting the Department of Political Science and the CPMRA on Wednesday, October 7th. Any student interested in studying public policy and management at one of the top ranked graduate programs should mark this date on your calendar. The CPMRA will host an open session with Christine from 3:00-4:45pm in 2 Harrison Hall. 

    The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

  • Inside Washington Information Meetings

    The final information session for the Inside Washington Program for this summer will be held:

    • October 6, 6:00 pm, 130 WIlliams

    Please direct any questions about the program to Dr. Howard Kleiman,

  • 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

  • Wil Haygood October 5

News for Students

  • Alexander Hamilton Society Open House Meeting

  • The Goldman Prize

  • 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

  • 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


  • Green Corps Class of 2016-2017: Fall Application Deadline Oct 11th!

    POSTED 9/29: In the next few months, we‘ll invite 35 college graduates to join the Green Corps class of 2016-2017.

    Green Corps' full year paid training program, participants will learn grassroots organizing skills from some of the top practitioners in the country while working on three to five different campaigns such as retiring dirty coal-fired power plants, protecting our drinking water, improving our food system and building the campus fossil fuel divestment movement. Organizers will learn important skills such as recruiting volunteers, developing strategic campaigns and building strong coalitions. 

    Our organizers have worked on behalf of dozens of groups including Sierra Club, Food & Water Watch, and the National Wildlife Federation.  Our alumni include Phil Radford, the Executive Director of Greenpeace USA, Sarah Hodgdon, National Program Director for Sierra Club and Heather Smith, President of Rock the Vote.
    Green Corps is looking for college graduates who are ready to take on the biggest environmental challenges of our day. We need more organizers - people who understand the power of public support and know how to mobilize it. 
    If this sounds like something you are interested in, apply today.
  • 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. 

  • Yes On 3 campaign internship

    POSTED 9/21: With 7 weeks remaining for the 2015 campaign cycle, the Yes On 3 campaign to Legalize Marijuana is continuing to expand our work on college campuses across the state.  Our team is offering an exciting opportunity for students, a paid internship on a political campaign. This internship is more than knocking on doors and making phone calls, it is building a team of students on Miami University's campus.  We are asking our interns to work 15-20 hours a week, but we will be flexible with school schedules. A few skills the student will learn: --Using voter engagement software VAN --Building a team of volunteers to register students to vote and get out the vote --Planning a GOTV (get out the vote) campus plan --Working with an experienced Field Organizer to learn best practices of running a campaign Additionally, if any student would like to assist the campaign but can not make the time commitment, we always accept volunteers. If interested, contact Daniel Traicoff at
  • 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
  • Jobs that make an Impact

    POSTED 9/15: Early application deadline is September 27. 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

  • 2016 Public Policy & International Affairs Program (PPIA) Fellowship

    POSTED 9/15: The Public Policy & International Affairs Program (PPIA) is now accepting applications for the 2016 PPIA Fellowship. The deadline to apply is November 1, 2015.

    About the PPIA Fellowship

    The PPIA Program prepares undergraduates to be competitive candidates for top degree programs in the fields of public policy, public administration or international affairs. Accepted students participate in an intensive, 7-week, academic program during the summer before their senior year on one of the following Junior Summer Institute (JSI) campuses: 

    • Carnegie Mellon University
    • Princeton University
    • University of Michigan
    • University of California, Berkeley

    The deadline for application to the 2016 summer institutes is November 1, 2015.  Applications can be submitted through the PPIA website, at:

    Benefits of Participation

    • Full tuition at a PPIA Junior Summer Institute.
    • Eligibility to receive assistance with travel expenses.
    • A stipend of up to $1,500 (funding determined by each JSI).
    • University housing with a meal plan.
    • Books and related course materials at your JSI.
    • Each JSI may offer additional benefits, such as GRE preparation, at their discretion. Please check with each JSI about any additional benefits.
    • Minimum of a one-time $5,000 scholarship at a PPIA graduate school if admitted for a Master's degree. PPIA Fellows often receive financial offers above and beyond this minimum from their graduate program.
    • Fee waiver when applying to schools that are members of the PPIA Graduate School Consortium.

    Virtual Information Session

    There will be a virtual information session on Thursday, September 17 at 1pm ET. Visit to register to participate.

  • Matt Bevin for Governor Internship

    POSTED 9/10: The Youth for Matt Bevin Internship Program is a select internship experience designed to give high-quality high school and college students the opportunity to see the inner workings of a campaign and contribute to growing and improving the State of Kentucky.

    The intern program will place interns throughout the state. College students interning are expected to commit a minimum of 35 hours before November 3rd. Students will be able to create their own schedule around our office hours of 10am-8pm, Mon-Sat. Parental/guardianship consent will be requested to address internship travel arrangements and scheduling for those under 18. Interns will be responsible for logging these hours and submitting reports to satisfy academic credits. 

    The application process will include:  1. Internship Application  2. Current Resume  3. Interview  there is a problem handling links.

    For more information or to apply or email

  • 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