• Dr. Patrick Haney, Chair

    Dr. Patrick Haney

    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.


  • Janus Forum - Fall 2016

    Tickets are now available at the Miami University Box Office in the Campus Avenue Building.

    SHERMAN AND STAVRIDIS What are the foreign policy challenges that face the next U.S. President? October 26, 2016 Ambassador Wendy Sherman » Served as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (2011- 2015) under President Obama where she was the chief nuclear negotiator for the Iran Deal » Previously served as Counselor of the State Department (1997- 2001), as well as Special Advisor to President Clinton and Policy Coordinator on North Korea. » Senior Counselor at Albright Stonebridge Group and Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs Admiral James Stavridis » Served as the 16th Supreme Allied Commander at NATO for 4 years where he oversaw operations in Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, the Balkans, and piracy off the coast of Africa » Commanded US Southern Command in Miami, charged with military operations through Latin America for nearly 3 years » Currently serves as the 12th Dean at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University Armstrong Student Center Harry T. Wilks Theater at 6:00 PM. Reception follows in the Pavilion. No Admission Charge — Ticket Required Open to the Public — Limited Seating. Tickets are available at the Miami University Box Office in the Campus Avenue Building (513) 529-3200

  • Winter Term 2016-2017 is Available!

    The course list for our winter term classes is available for viewing! Don't forget to sign up!

    Winter Term 2017

  • Dr. Neack Has a New Book Coming Soon

    Dr. Laura Neack has a new book forthcoming in the New Millennium Books in International Studies series titled National, International, and Human Security: A Comparative Introduction.

    "This clear and concise new edition offers a comprehensive comparison of national, international, and human security concepts and policies. Dr. Neack argues that security remains elusive because of a centuries-old ethic insisting that states are the primary and most important international actors, that they can rely ultimately only on themselves for protection, and that they must keep all options on the table for national security. This is particularly apparent with the increase in “glocalized” terrorism and the forced migration of millions of people.

    Although security as a concept can be widened to encompass almost any aspect of existence, Neack focuses especially on security from physical violence. Case studies are blended throughout to bring life to the concepts. New cases in this revised edition include the Syrian refugee crisis and the responses from European states; the growth and reach of jihadist terrorist groups and the unilateral and multilateral military actions taken to confront them; drug trafficking organizations and the Mexican government’s failure to protect citizens; the overt use of preventive war by major and regional powers and the increasing American reliance on drone warfare; multilateral train-and-assist operations aimed at peacekeeping and counterterrorism in Africa; UN civilian protection mandates in Libya and Côte d’Ivoire and their lack in Syria; and how terrorism and refugee crises are intimately connected." 

    The book should be published by February 2017, and if anyone is interested in purchasing a copy, please click the link to the page

    New Neack Book

  • What are the Foreign Policy Challenges Facing the Next US President?

    On October 26, 2016, Miami University's Janus Forum will feature Ambassador Wendy Sherman and Admiral James Stavridis in a discussion highlighting the foreign policy challenges of the next President of the United States. The event will take place at the Armstrong Student Center inside of the Harry T. Wilks Theater at 6:00pmTickets are required for entry and can be found at the CAB Building at no charge. For more information, please contact Ruben Garza at or visit the Janus Forum's main website.

  • Photos From Constitution Day

    The Janus Forum held its first event of the semester on September 22 with the Constitution Day Conference, and now pictures are available from the event! If you were in attendance, try to find yourself or recognize the ten speakers; if you didn't make it, then check out what you missed and be sure to attend the October 26th event in Wilks Theater!

    See the photos here...

  • 2017 Ohio Public Leader Fellows applications now being accepted

    Applications are now being accepted for the Ohio Public Leader Fellows program. Please be sure your application is complete before submitting. Completed applications and recommendation letters must be received by October 14th. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis through October.

    More information about the OPL Fellowship program can be found on the OPL webpage.

    Submit an application to be an OPL Fellow.

  • Dr. Neack at ISA’s 57th Annual Convention

    Dr. Laura Neack and Dr. Nicole Janz explain the process of replicating published studies at the graduate level. (click link if using Safari browser)

  • March 2016 eNewsletter

    What's going on in the Department of Political Science?

    Click here to read our latest eNewsletter.

  • The Augustus J. “Gus” Jones, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

    Gus JonesThe Department of Political Science and the family of Dr. Jones wish to honor Gus’s memory by establishing a scholarship in his name: The Augustus J. “Gus” Jones, Jr. Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded every spring for the next academic year and given to to students of historically underrepresented populations, with first preference to African American students. Checks can be made to the Miami University Foundation and note “Gus Jones” on the memo line, or gifts can be made online at, and click “other fund” and in the box below write “Gus Jones.”




  • When can I meet with my professor?

    All of the POL faculty and staff Fall 2016 office hours can be found on the POL website. The list also includes office numbers, telephone numbers, and email addresses.

    Faculty Office Hours

  • Who is my POL Advisor?

    The POL advisors list has been updated for 2016-17. NOTE: Advisors have been assigned for incoming first year students (2016) and returning students (began before this fall). Be sure you check the correct list to find your advisor. You should also be able to find your assigned advisor on MyMiami once updated. 

    Who is my POL Advisor?

  • How do I apply for internship credit?

    Visit the Internships and Fellowships page for information and to submit your internship application using our online more paper!

    Internships and Fellowships

  • Does POL offer Undergraduate Associate experiences?

    Yes. Many POL faculty members invite high potential undergraduate students to serve as an Undergraduate Associate in their classrooms. You are encouraged to talk to your professor about the UA Program and express your interest in this unique and valuable experience.

    Visit the UA Program website for additional information.

    Undergraduate Associate forms

  • What is the "experiential learning" requirement?

    The Global Miami Plan now requires incoming students to complete an experiential learning requirement. From the EL website, "Experiential learning is the process of making meaning from direct experience in a real world or an "out of the traditional classroom" context. It offers students the opportunity to initiate lifelong learning through the development and application of academic knowledge and skills in new or different settings."

    Visit the EL website for additional information and courses that satisfy the requirement.

  • What courses can I take?

    POL offers a wide variety of courses each semester. Visit the course catalog to read brief descriptions of the POL course offerings. NOTE: not every course is offered every semester.

    POL Course Descriptions

    Global Miami Plan



  • Internship Disclaimer

    The internships, fellowships, and opportunities posted on this website are for student informational purposes and should not be considered an endorsement by Miami University or the Department of Political Science of any political party, candidate, or special interest group.
  • Open Position: Public Affairs Aide to Mayor John Cranley

    Posted 10/13: 

    The Mayor’s Office is currently seeking a highly-motivated individual for an entry-level position to assist with media communications and constituent services.

    Hours & Compensation: Full-time (~40 hours per week)

    Salary Range: $35,000-$42,000

    Position Responsibilities

    Communications & Outreach Duties

    - Assist the Deputy Chief of Staff in implementing the Mayor’s communication strategy

    - Provide daily media updates to the Mayor and senior staff

    - Maintain the Mayor’s website and produce new content as needed

    - Create press releases, social media posts, emails, and other communications from the Mayor’s office on a day-to-day basis

    - Provide intake for media inquiries

    - Staff the Mayor at public events as needed

    Constituent Affairs Responsibilities

    - Draft proclamations, thank you notes, letters of congratulations, and other correspondence on behalf of the Mayor

    - Assist in constituent casework as needed

    Administrative Duties

    - Prepare a daily briefing book for the Mayor and senior staff

    - Track and maintain follow up items from briefing book


    - Serving as a representative of the Mayor’s Office to members of the community

    - Other projects and tasks as assigned

    Position Requirements

    - Bachelors degree required

    - Strong writing skills required

    - The ideal candidate will be organized, detail-oriented, flexible, and able to work in a fast-paced environment


    Applicants should send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Holly Stutz Smith at

  • Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley is Looking for Interns!

    Posted 10/13: Mayor John Cranley is currently looking for interns for the Spring semester to work in his office.

    This internship includes accepts all majors and involves

    • A great opportunity to learn about the functions and potential of city government
    • Working with staff members who are directly involved with the daily functions of the Mayor's Office
    • Conducting policy research
    • Aiding with local initiatives of the office
    • Gaining experience writing press releases, speeches and formal letters
    • Responding to community issues and concerns
    • Receiving class credit

    If interested, please send a resume and writing sample to

  • International Affairs Spring+Summer Internship in DC

    Posted 10/12: Spend your spring or summer in Washington, DC and prepare for your future! The International Affairs Internship programs allow students to:

    Live blocks from the national monuments, State Department and White House on the campus of George Washington University. Semester students live in the Capitol Hill neighborhood close to the Library of Congress and Supreme Court. The program does provide fully furnished housing and roommate matching. 

    Earn course credit during your internship! Students will earn 3 to 9 academic credits in the summer or 12 credits in the spring. Their unique curriculum is designed to complement your DC experience with upper level foreign policy, government and economics courses. Academic course credit is provided through George Mason University and taught by top rated faculty from GMU and other top local universities. 

    Based on students' interests and skills, students will be placed in an internship in the Washington, DC area. They have been creating academic internship experiences for over 45 years and work with over 300 top organizations in DC. Internship placements include:

    • Embassies
    • International Non-governmental organizations
    • Federal agencies
    • Congressional offices
    • Think tanks

    Their comprehensive program is designed so you can make valuable professional connections and practice your networking skills in a real-world setting. They offer a number of networking opportunities to enhance your internship experience and maximize your time in DC:

    • Mentor Program
    • Professional Development Seminars
    • Roundtable Discussions and Networking Receptions
    • Site Briefings at Key Washington Institutions including the State Department, US Institute of Peace and World Bank

    The Spring Program runs from January 17-May 5, 2017 with the final application deadline being November 10, 2017

    The Summer Program runs from June 3-July 28, 2017 with the early application deadline being December 6, 2016 

    If there are any questions, please direct them to or call 202-986-0384.

  • Gary Johnson Internship

    Posted 9/26: The Gary Johnson Presidential Campaign is looking for interns to work over the next few weeks leading up to the election, primarily phone banking and canvassing.

    It is an unpaid internship, but letters of recommendation will be provided for interns who are successful in their positions.

    If interested, please reach out to Andrea Byron at or Ryan Holstine at

  • Scoville Fellowship Application

    Posted 9/19: The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship is looking for recent college/graduate school alumni to apply for a six to nine month fellowship in Washington DC focusing on arms control, peace, and international security issues. Scoville Fellows work with one of more than two dozen participating public-interest organizations. They may undertake a variety of activities, including research, writing, public education and advocacy on a range of security issues, including nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, non-proliferation, missile defense, weapons trade, environmental and energy security, and peacekeeping, that support the goals of their host organization, and may attend coalition meetings,policy briefings and Congressional hearings. Fellows are supervised by senior level staff and often have the opportunity to publish articles, blogs, or reports. The program also arranges meetings for the fellows with policy experts. Many former Scoville Fellows have gone on to pursue graduate degrees in international relations and taken prominent positions in the field of peace and security with public interest organizations, the Federal Government, academia and media.

    Candidates must have an excellent academic record and a strong interest in issues of peace and security. The program is open to all U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens living in the U.S. eligible for employment. Benefits include a $3,000 monthly salary, health insurance, board and alumni mentoring, travel to Washington, DC to begin the fellowship, and a small stipend to attend meetings or take a course.

    The Application Deadline for Spring 2017 is October 5, 2016 while the Fall 2017 Deadline is January 6, 2017.

    For further information, program description and application requirements, contact at: (202) 446-1565, or 

  • Campus Vote Project

    Posted 9/15: Campus Vote Project is seeking students who are passionate about democratic engagement, politically interested and are self-starters to publicize the upcoming election and help peers register and vote, making real change. Campus Vote Project is dedicated to helping students gain access to the ballot and increasing youth voter turnout. Their fellows are an integral part of carrying out the NASPA voter friendly campus designation program promoting civic engagement in institutions of higher education (IHE) across the country. As a fellow, you will have the opportunity to work with administrative and faculty partners. You will work with the on-campus team to complete the four planning steps of students learn student vote checklist, created to build power and ensure success. You will also be responsible for meeting voter friendly campus designation program deadlines and carrying out nonpartisan democratic engagement activities. A written plan developed by the IHE includes greater detail about specific activities concerning voter registration, voter education, ballot access, and Get Out The Vote efforts.

    Responsibilities and goals of being a fellow include:

    • Participate in the NASPA voter friendly campus designation program including meeting planning deadlines and being an active spokesperson.
    • Carry out voter registration and voter education activities effectively. This includes:
      • Working to improve ballot access
      • Leading and organizing get out the vote efforts
    • Complete time logs and conduct check-ins with campus allies and with CVP staff to ensure they are on track and getting the support they need.
    • Complete two trainings put on by Campus Vote Project
      • Attend a training on leadership and organizing skills
      • Attend a training on election law basics and how to remain nonpartisan

    Compensation for being a fellow includes:

    • $500 stipend paid in two installments, one at the beginning and the other upon completion of the program.
    • Fellows should be prepared to spend 8-15 hours per week on the program during the fall semester through Election Day

    The last day to register for the Campus Vote Project in Ohio is October 11. If interested in applying, please email a resume to If you have any questions, please email Jessica Burchard at

  • Jobs that make an Impact

    POSTED 8/30: Application deadline is September 25. Impact runs action campaigns on issues that matter, like global warming, clean water and big money’s influence over our democracy, and they're hiring! This isn’t a study program or a travel program; it’s an action program. Impact's 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 Impact is the group for you. To learn more, visit our website at, or email Impact's Recruitment Director, Katie Otterbeck, at

  • Orr Fellowship Post-Graduate Opportunity

    Posted 8/29: On September 6-7, Allison Rosebrough, a 2016 Miami graduate and fellow at the Orr Fellowship, will be visiting Miami University to speak to students about the possibility of joining the Orr Fellowship.

    The Orr Fellowship is a two-year post-graduate fellowship that connects talented young individuals with start-ups and high growth companies. The Orr Fellowship is open to all majors and is looking for students who are interested.

    Application Requirements are as follows:

    • Cumulative 3.5 GPA or higher (students with as low as a 3.2 GPA and extensive leadership experience may be considered)
    • Strong interest in entrepreneurial business and/or organizational leadership
    • Demonstrated leadership potential (leaders in on and off-campus organizations/athletics)
    • An expected graduation date of December 2016 or May 2017 with one or more undergraduate major 

    If interested in applying, please visit the Orr Fellowship's website at

  • Eric Holcomb Campaign Internship

    POSTED 8/19/19: The Eric Holcomb campaign for Governor is currently seeking highly motivated, organized, and reliable applicants for either a full time or a part time unpaid internship for the 2016 election. The internship would be scheduled from now until election day on November 8th. The internship will allow applicants to be an essential part of the effort to elect Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb as the next Governor of Indiana.

    Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, reaching out to prospective voters through phone calls or engaging in door to door canvassing.

    Interns will get valuable experience organizing GOTV efforts on one of the largest and most data-savvy grassroots campaigns in the country. If interested, please send a resume Matt Wagner to

  • Democratic Coalition Against Trump

    POSTED 8/8/16: Democratic Coalition Against Trump is the nation’s largest grassroots anti-Trump organization. Our organization is building a network of campus organizations dedicated to mobilizing college students to join the Stop Trump movement as part of our Students Against Trump campaign. We’re looking for motivated and passionate students to join our campus engagement program as Campus Ambassadors. Campus Ambassadors will manage “Students Against Trump” chapters on campus, which will serve as hubs for political engagement and organizing and as a liaison to the national “Stop Trump” movement.

    Primary duties will include operating a Students Against Trump chapter on campus, which includes recruiting members, organizing meetings and events, and registering students to vote. No political experience is required, but campus ambassadors must have strong leadership and communication skills and be self-starters capable of working under minimal supervision.

    Students of all majors are welcome to apply, but the number of positions per school is limited and applications are processed on a rolling basis. Therefore, interested students are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

    Students can apply by filling out this form on our website. Questions about the Campus Ambassador program or the Democratic Coalition Against Trump should be directed to

  • Hamilton County Emergency Mgmt

    POSTED 8/1: The Hamilton County Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency would like to extend an internship opportunity to the students in the Political Science Department, in which they would work closely with our team on community preparedness projects, emergency planning, designing exercises, and developing more evolved communication techniques, including the use of social media. Interested students can contact and should include a copy of their resume for review.
  • Rob Portman for Senate Internship Opportunity

    Posted 8/12: The Portman for Senate Campaign is looking for interns to participate in their fall program. This is a great opportunity for those interested in learning more about campaigns and politics. The campaign provides flexible hours and is able to work with busy schedules. Interns will be working at the West Side office at 2300 Montana Ave. in Cincinnati. Shifts are offered for Monday through Saturday 10am-8pm.

    Interns will be exposed to:

    • Political Campaign Strategy 
    • Voter Targeting and Contact Methods
    • Grassroots Organizing and Networking
    • Discussion of Current Political Issues

    If this opportunity interests you, please contact Tori Mahoney at or Emma Bock at

  • Sen. Sherrod Brown Internships

    POSTED 8/1: The Cincinnati office of U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown is seeking interns for the fall of 2016 Semester. Interns in Senator Brown’s Office work on a wide range of projects with staff.  Our internships are designed primarily for the educational benefit of students currently enrolled in college and are unpaid. Interns will have the opportunity to participate in all aspects of the office administration, activities, working with constituents, developing special programs, writing briefings, and attending community events.  As an intern, you will: Gain insight into the workings of a Senate office and the federal government Speak with constituent on the phone, or at special events Open and distribute constituent mail, review incoming correspondence Assist the staff with casework requests Improve your writing skills and customer service skills Research legislative issues, monitor Senate committees Complete projects and briefing requests as assigned Hours and duration of the internships are negotiable. To apply, please contact For additional information, please call Senator Brown’s office at 513-684-1021.

  • Ohio Together: Ohio for Hillary Campaign Internship

    Posted 8/12: This fall the Ohio Together Campaign is looking for individuals to be a part of a historic opportunity to help elect the first female President of the United States, Hillary Clinton.

    The Ohio Together Campaign values the empowerment of others through training, skill building and fellowship opportunities. Interns will be trained on the basics of organizing and campaign fundamentals and then placed in a community to carry out grassroots activities. This eight-week program is designed to test, train and develop a new class of organizers. 


    • Participate in training on field organizing, messaging, and other activities
    • Organize in a community, working in conjunction with grassroots leasers and campaign staff
    • Engage new potential volunteers through phone calls and canvassing 
    • Empower new voters by collecting voter registration forms
    • Hold organizational meetings to recruit new volunteers and supporters in communities 
    • Use social networks to amplify messages and talk about the work they do 
    • Work to build a network to elect Democratic candidates up and down the ticket

    This is a highly competitive program. The deadline to apply for the Fall 2016 internship is August 26, and acceptances will occur on a rolling basis. All fellowships with Hillary for America are unpaid. However, campus fellows are eligible for course credit depending on major. 

    For any interest in applying please email Kirby Chandler a resume at

  • Joe Heck for Senate: Virtual Internship Opportunity

    Posted 8/23: The Dr. Joe Heck for U.S. Senate Campaign is currently seeking interns for a Senate race that could decide which party holds the majority in the Senate.

    Although the campaign is located in Nevada, they are offering a unique virtual internship which will provide an opportunity to participate in a tightly contested race while still residing in Ohio, or elsewhere.

    Interns will gain valuable experience in:

    • Voter Outreach
    • Social Media
    • Information Technology
    • Research 
    • Graphic Design

    If interested in this opportunity, please contact Whitney Lawrence at

  • OH Democratic Caucus

    POSTED 8/1: The Ohio House Democratic Caucus (OHDC) is currently seeking motivated, politically-minded individuals to join the OHDC Internship Program for the 2016 election cycle from when they return to school in August until November 15th.

    Ohio House Democratic Caucus interns are expected to have the following qualities:
    • Interest in politics, government, campaigns and/or public affairs
    • Ability to multitask and adapt to a fast-paced environment
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills
    • Strong planning and organizational skills; ability to multitask and manage time effectively
    • Strong attention to detail

    Ohio House Democratic Caucus interns are expected to perform the following tasks:
    • Work with the caucus on upkeep and maintenance of donor database
    • Donor research
    • Produce weekly news clips of House candidates and opponents
    • Analysis of campaign data
    • Direct voter contact by phone and/or door
    • Other duties as needed

    Ohio House Democratic Caucus interns are expected to gain the following skills:
    • Wide ranging knowledge of campaign strategy and targeting
    • Research and tracking techniques
    • Data tracking and upkeep
    • Familiarity with NGP VAN and VoteBuilder software

    Interested applicants should submit a resume to Alyssa Wischmann at

  • Digital Internship

    POSTED 7/6/16: Digital Internship Opportunity with the Federal Government

    The Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) is the largest virtual internship program in the world! This year there are more than 900 vacancies with more than 30 federal agencies. VSFS offers unique mentoring and recruitment possibilities.

    Applications for the 2016-17 VSFS program are open between July 2 and 22 on Real work is waiting for students with more than 30 federal agencies including NASA, the Smithsonian, the State Department, National Parks Service, and others. You can see the projects offered at! To apply, students must log on to USAJOBS, create an account, build a resume, and upload a transcript.

    eInterns play an important role in moving the government forward. There’s something for everyone: design, research, mapping, videography, history, analysis, writing, calculation, policy planning, app development , and more!

    eInterns spend ten hours a week from September through May. Although this is unpaid, volunteer work, eInterns make connections that make a difference, gain valuable experience, and sometimes get course credit. All applicants must be U.S. citizens enrolled in at least one university level course in the U.S. or abroad.

  • Environment America 2016 Fellowship Program

    ONGOING: 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

  • Republican Leadership Initiative opportunity

     Posted 1/5/16

    Republican Leadership Initiative

  • Internships in Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley's office

    ONGOING: Mayor John Cranley's office is now accepting applications for spring, summer, and fall internships. If interested, send your resume and writing sample to


  • 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


  • Undergraduate Summer Scholars

    Posted 10/7: Miami's nationally recognized USS research program encourages students to develop their capacity to construct knowledge through immersion in Miami faculty mentored summer research projects. The USS program focuses on the individual student/faculty mentor relationship. Faculty participation is voluntary. Students are responsible for finding their own mentor and co-creating the research project. The Office for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship (OARS) sponsors the USS program through the Office of Research for Undergraduates (ORU) which decides how many of the 100 available USS awards are allocated to departments and eligible programs that submit application packets. 

    Students must submit the USS Application to the department chair/or program director of the USS faculty mentor by 5:00pm on January 27, 2017. For more information, please visit the USS webpage. 

    Application is open to any Miami undergraduate student who:

    • is in good standing (minimum 2.0 GPA, not on probation, etc.)
    • will have completed his/her sophomore year (defined as having a minimum of 60 credit hours) or junior year prior to the beginning of Summer Session
    • will enroll for at least one semester at Miami University as an undergraduate student after the completion of the USS project
    • agrees to full time participation in the USS program (as defined by the department or program)
    • and who, during the selected 9-week period of USS participation: agrees NOT to enroll, without WRITTEN permission of the USS faculty mentor and the USS program director, in other courses NOR accept any fellowships, internships, volunteer positions, or employment that would interfere with the student's full-time educational commitment (See Student Roles and Responsibilities section IV, part C for details.) agrees to decline all other tuition waivers from other Miami University sources during the summer they conduct the USS research project.

    Program Features:

    • a student fellowship award of $2,600
    • a student allowance of $400 for supplies, services, and travel
    • a tuition only waiver to conduct a 6 credit hour research project

    Program Benefits:

    • offers a faculty-supervised focus on learning the processes of research and scholarship adds a distinctive educational experience for a significant number of Miami undergraduates
    • engages students as active research agents increases interaction between faculty and students
    • enhances faculty research programs by the participation of talented undergraduates
    • clearly links scholarship and teaching at the university
    • provides an educational opportunity shown to increase student intellectual maturity
    • improves Miami's ability to attract talented students
  • Join the Ethics Bowl Team!

    Like debating important social, ethical, and global issues? Join Miami’s Ethics Bowl Team! 

    The Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl is a national organization that provides students an opportunity to compete in a debate style tournament focused on ethical issues. Students are judged on their understanding of facts, articulation of ethical content, argument presentation, and responses to opposition. Topics span all sorts of disciplines including science, medicine, sustainability, business, and more. So they desire a diversity of majors. It's a great way to learn about new topics and to gain critical thinking as well as speaking skills. Many former Ethics Bowl participants believe that Ethics Bowl preparation and competition helped them develop important skills that they continue to use in their jobs today. 

    For more information about Ethics Bowls and how they work, click this link. Currently, the team meets each Tuesday from 8 pm- 9 pm in the lobby of Benton Hall. Because the Ethics Bowl Team has official University sponsorship we will be able to compete against other universities and colleges. If you have any questions or an interest in joining, feel free to contact Matthew Marino by email at 

  • Environment America Job Opportunity

    Posted 9/28: See attached...

    Environment America Job Opportunity

  • Cincinnati Regional Chamber Hiring

    POSTED 8/1: Government Affairs Administrator

    The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber is one of the nation's largest Chambers, representing the interests of nearly 4,000 member businesses and more than 300,000 employees. Our purpose is to grow the vibrancy and economic prosperity of our region. Our vision is that we will be the hottest city in America. As the largest business organization in the region, the Chamber provides numerous services, including business retention and attraction, programs and events, member benefits to improve members' bottom line, solutions to members' workforce challenges, government advocacy, and more to create and sustain a positive business climate for our community, including demonstrating a commitment to small business assistance and economic inclusion. The Chamber's talented, professional staff of 60 people works with thousands of engaged member companies, volunteers and partners in an effort to create and sustain a dynamic Cincinnati USA, a region comprised of 15 counties located in southwestern Ohio, northern Kentucky and southeastern Indiana.

    We are currently seeking a full time Government Affairs Administrator to support the Chamber’s government affairs efforts by coordinating the overall activities of the government affairs team. Responsibilities include planning and executing events, maintaining contact lists, providing general administrative support, prepping for committee meetings and letter writing.

    Essential Functions
    • Anticipate the needs of the government affairs team and understand how best to serve them.
    • Organize and plan annual advocacy trips in Cincinnati, Columbus and Washington, D.C.; including agenda development, managing travel and catering logistics, creating trip budgets and overseeing day of event execution.
    • Coordinate annual Legislative Reception including invitations, on-site management, budget oversight and catering.
    • Provide meeting support including setting appointments, creating agendas, handling logistics such as catering and meeting setup, sending invitations and reminders, preparing materials for meeting, taking notes, and creating minutes.
    • Serve as a central coordination point and provide support to Government Affairs Council and Government Affairs Executive Committee members.
    • Prepare and mail correspondence to governmental officials as necessary.
    • Create new meeting products in the Personify database and ensure that current customer data is reflected accurately.
    • Maintain and update contact lists for governmental officials, Government Affairs Council, Government Affairs Executive Committee and task forces.
    • File quarterly lobbying ethics forms.
    • Assist with scheduling and calendar management.
    • Support the development and regular updates to the legislative issue matrix, legislative tracking list, policy agenda, and policy catalogs.
    • Manage the Voter Voice system to communicate timely government affairs information.

    • Customer Focus
    • Conflict Management
    • Functional/Technical Skills
    • Integrity and Trust

    Supervisory Responsibility
    The Government Affairs Administrator does not have supervisory responsibility.

    Preferred Education and Experience
    1. Bachelor’s degree preferred
    2. 1-3 years previous support experience

    Additional Eligibility Qualifications
    1. Extremely organized, efficient, detail-oriented and successful at meeting deadlines
    2. Excellent interpersonal skills both in person and by phone, with high professionalism with leaders at all levels
    3. Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines at the same time
    4. Strong customer service ethic and high expectations for quality

    Other Duties
    Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

    Work Environment
    The position is located in a climate-controlled downtown office site and requires a minimal amount of external activity. The job will require talking, listening, researching, and sitting for long periods working at a computer screen. This position does not require travel. Requirements include some evenings and weekends, flexible work week available to accommodate these instances.

    Our Culture
    We commit to achieving tangible results in a supportive team environment built on respect, energy, curiosity, continuous improvement, and positive attitudes and relationships. We are visionaries, collaborators, and makers of change. We lead inclusively with passion, integrity, and fun!

    Equal Opportunity Employment
    We are an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.

    Position offers a rewarding challenge in a professional environment, competitive salary & excellent benefit package. Please submit resume & salary requirements to