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.

What's Going On

  • In Memoriam

    William Robert Gump passed away on Saturday, August 9, 2014, in Oxford, Ohio at the age of 86. He was born in Shelby, Ohio to Louise (Kerr) and Francis L. Gump and was known to all as “Bob”. Bob graduated from Denison University (B.A.), the University of Michigan Law School (LL.B.), and the Ohio State University (M.A. and Ph.D.). He joined the Miami University Department of Political Science in 1962 where he taught American National, State, and Local politics, Environmental politics, as well as Administrative Law...read more

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OPL Fellowships

Law and Public Policy

  • Did you know?

    The Law and Public Policy Scholars Program brings together students interested in exploring career opportunities in government, law, and politics. Scholars have many opportunities to explore their interests and prepare for the future.

    Visit their webpage for more information.

Internships

  • Ohio Democratic Party

    POSTED 8/12: 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 8/8: Fall application deadline is August 22. 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
    Email: Scott@KasichForOhio.com

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • Heritage Foundation Recruiting

    UPDATED 6/16: 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

  • 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.