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.

Winter Term 2015

  • 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 
    • POL 399: Emerging Africa: Ghana (Dr. Daddieh) abroad

Save the Date

Darrell West Lecture

  • October 6 at 7:00pm

    Open to the public. No ticket needed. Reception to follow.

Fall 2014 Janus Forum

  • October 15 at 6:00pm

    No admission charge, ticket required (Miami Box Office), open to the public

    Janus Forum


  • 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

    Download more information. (PDF 227KB)

  • Solar Campaign Organizer with Environment Ohio

    POSTED 9/5: 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. The early application deadline is 10/5.

    Visit their website for more information and to apply.

  • Campaign Internship/Volunteer

    POSTED 9/2: Do you want to obtain experience in a political campaign? Tammy Simendinger, the Democratic candidate for the Ohio House of Representatives is looking for eager and enthusiastic volunteers to help manage the campaign for the 29th District. Times are flexible and would start immediately and last until November 4th. 

    If interested please e-mail your resume to Kurt Hodges at: or call (630) 217- 1310.

  • Heritage Foundation Recruiting

    UPDATED 8/29: SPRING INTERNSHIP DEADLINE IS OCT 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

  • 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

  • Rep. Wenstrup Internships

    UPDATED 9/5: Spring application deadline is 12/15. Rep. Wenstrup’s is looking for fall interns to start in August or September in his Cincinnati and DC offices.

    Visit his Internship Application website to apply.

  • Kasich-Taylor Campaign

    UPDATED 8/19: Receive real experience on a political campaign and affect real change for Ohio. The Kasich-Taylor Campaign Headquarters is now open in Columbus and is looking for dedicated students that would like to assist in political operations for the campaign. All positions are unpaid. We will work around your school and work schedule. 

    Contact: Scott Blake, Field Director - Kasich Taylor for Ohio
    Phone: 561-452-2841

  • 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

  • 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 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)

  • Dever Campaign Internship (OH-28)

    POSTED 6/11: Friends of Jonathan Dever (Ohio House 28th District) is seeking interns to assist and act as point-person for varying campaign activities. More specific responsibilities will be determined based on the applicant’s skills and interests. If interested, please send your resume and cover letter to Justin Hucke, Campaign Manager.

    Internship Description (36KB)

  • Ohio Republicans

    Ohio Republican Party Internships  

    more information

  • Ohio PIRG

    POSTED 2/4: OHIO PIRG is part of a national federation called U.S.PIRG with 30 ofices in 30 states across the country. Right now we are looking to hire 25 graduating college students into our full-time Fellowship program.

    Click here for more information.