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

  • 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

  • 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

  • O'Hara Lecture in Law and Politics

    September 29 - O’Hara Lecture in Law & Politics: Ian Haney Lopez, UC Berkeley Law...more details coming soon.

News for Students

  • 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


  • 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.
  • Sen. Rob Portman

    POSTED 8/5: We Are Looking For Fall Interns!!! Come Work For The Top Senate Race in America The Portman for Senate Campaign is looking for fall interns interested in learning more about campaigns and politics. We have flexible hours for students who wish to apply and are willing to work with your schedule. Contact if interested: Ryan Holiday at 513-300-4051 or

  • Fall Mayor's L.E.A.D. DC Internship Program

    POSTED 7/16: The Washington, DC Executive Office of the Mayor is opening their Fall L.E.A.D. DC program offering undergraduate, graduate. and recent graduates the chance to gain valuable work experience in one of our departments. Opportunities are vast and can range from public policy, communications, finance, law, intergovernmental affairs, and government operations.


    • Ability to commit a minimum of 15-30 hours per week
    • Excellent written and communication skills
    • A keen eye for detail
    • Willingness to work in a fast paced environment
    • Interested in public service

    The program will last for 12 weeks from September 14th to December 4th. Interns will be accepted on a rolling basis.

    Visit the Mayor's Office of Talent and Appointments 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