• Dr. Bryan Marshall, Chair

    Dr. Bryan Marshall

    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.


  • POL student wins Goldman Memorial Prize

    Jacob Bruggeman, a junior History and Political Science double major, has been selected as one of two recipients of the Joanna Jackson Goldman Memorial Prize for the 2018-19 academic year. 

    One of the largest awards of its kind in the nation, the Goldman Prize provides support to nourish independent student scholarship and creative activity. The $11,000 prize is awarded to a rising senior, who will be supported for a year to carry out independently designed projects under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Jacob's project, entitled "The Origins of Homelessness in Frontier Cities: A Comparative Study of Cincinnati, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Albuquerque, and Salt Lake City," will be overseen by his faculty mentor, Dr. Andrew Offenburger.

    Congratulations to Jacob on this outstanding achievement!

    Jacob Bruggeman

    Jacob Bruggeman

  • MA Students Finish 3rd at Startup Weekend

    Congratulations to Kelsey Forren and Carolyn Dinehart, BA/MA students in political science, who were part of a team that finished third at Farmer’s Startup Weekend Competition the weekend of February 24.  Read below a piece from Kelsey about her experience:

    “This past weekend, Carolyn Dinehart and I had the opportunity to participate in Startup Weekend at Farmer. Over 48 hours, teams were required to design a viable business model and pitch it to a panel of judges, who themselves have managed a number of successful startups. The sheer amount of energy and excitement of the roughly 70 Miami students participating was inspiring. On Friday afternoon, more than 40 students pitched their business ideas to the crowd of participants. Of the original pitches, 15 ideas were chosen to move forward and teams were created. Carolyn and I ended up on the same team that worked to create a business model to create and distribute reusable sanitary products to areas in rural India. Between hearing the pitch at 6:00pm Friday and pitching our idea at 1:00pm Sunday, we were able to harness our team’s combined knowledge in political science, psychology, economics, and software engineering to deliver Code Red, placing third overall in the competition. This was a fantastic opportunity for cross-discipline collaboration and a great way to learn in real time.”

  • Harrison's Henchmen Place in Trivia

    Congratulations to "Harrison's Henchmen," the team representing the Political Science Department at the 2018 Cincinnati Council on World Affairs's annual One World Gala.  The team finished third in the annual trivia contest on international trivia, with questions related to national flags, world leaders, current events, arts and culture, and world history.  Team members included Jacob Bruggeman, Annika Fowler, Colin Greig, Patrick O'Malley, Hannah Shepherd, Madeline Zick, Dr. Bryan Marshall, and Dr. Patrick Haney.  Below is a picture of a few of "Harrison's Henchmen" sporting their bronze medals.

    Harrison's Henchmen

    Pictured from left to right: Annika Fowler, Hannah Shepherd, Madeline Zick, Colin Greig, Pat O'Malley, and Jacob Bruggeman

  • POL Graduate Featured in Story

    See the link below about Phyllis Kyei Mensah, a graduate of the Department's MA program in 2017:

    Phyllis Kyei Mensah

    Phyllis Kyei Mensah at work.

  • Ohio Township Association 2018 Winter Conference

    The Department of Political Science and the Center for Public Management and Regional Affairs were proud to send 11 representatives from the Department to the 2018 Ohio Township Association Winter Conference in Columbus, OH.  Students, faculty, and staff assisted in running OTA workshops and gained a first-hand look at "public administration in action."  Below are a few photos from the trip:

    Political Science 2018 OTA attendees

    Students and faculty from Miami University at the 2018 OTA Conference in Columbus.

    Dr. Russo with OTA President

    Dr. Russo pictured here with OTA President Tom Willsey. During the conference, OTA announced a $5,000 gift to the Dr. Philip Russo Public Administration Scholarship Fund.

  • Fulbright Semi-Finalists from POL

    Congratulations to the following POL majors and minors who have been selected as 2018-2019 Fulbright Semi-Finalists:

    Alexa Askari, Bulgaria, English Teaching Assistant Program  
    Majors: Diplomacy and Global Politics, Political Science (BA/MA)
    Minors: History, European Area Studies

    Autumn Harriger, Russia, English Teaching Assistant Program  
    Majors: Political Science, History
    Minor: Russian

    Ali Preissing, Czech Republic, English Teaching Assistant Program  
    Majors: International Studies, Italian Studies, Political Science (BA/MA)

    John Steele '14, South Korea, English Teaching Assistant Program  
    Majors: Social Justice Studies
    Minor: Political Science


  • Graduate Student Spotlight: Michelle Hercules

    Posted 12/5: Click here to read a Miami Student profile about Michelle Hercules, a graduate student in political science who has worked full time as a Miami University Police Officer while pursuing her degree.

    Michelle Hercules

    Michelle Hercules

  • 2018 Ohio Public Leader Fellows

    Congratulations to the following students who have been awarded 2018 Ohio Public Leader Fellowships:

    2018 OPL Fellows

    OPL Fellowships will be served over Winter Term 2018




  • 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

  • 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 2017-18. NOTE: Advisors have been assigned for incoming first year students (2017) 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?

  • When are my final exams?

    Final examinations are based on a schedule published by Miami at the beginning of each semester. You can look up your final exams based on the days and times your class meets during the semester.

    Final Examination Schedule

  • What is the CAS/Miami Plan Advanced Writing Requirement?

    All students are required to fulfill an Advanced Writing Requirement. You can identify these courses by the W-designation, e.g., POL 241W, POL or POL 338W. All capstone course fulfill the 400W requirement for POL majors. 

    Learn more about the Advanced Writing requirement from the Howe Writing Center.

  • 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


  • West Lecture - March 27

    Mark your calendar...

    West Lecture

  • To be announced...



  • 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.
  • Clinton Global Initiative

    Posted 3/19:

    Apply to attend the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) 2018 meeting with President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton from October 19-21 at the University of Chicago.  This three-day event is an exciting opportunity to bring together students around the world who are committed to addressing society’s most pressing challenges.  

    If you are interested in learning more, please feel free to check out the links below:

    Student application (final application deadline is 4/23)

    CGI U 2018 Social Media Toolkit

    CGI University Network overview

    CGI U Overview

    Highlights from our CGI U 2017 meeting

  • Volunteer for Carrie Davis's Campaign

    Posted 3/12:

    Summer Credits Offered for Volunteer Services on Democratic Candidate's Campaign

    Novice, Democratic Campaign Seeking Volunteers for Spring – Summer - Fall

    Executive Campaign Staff Needed

    Financial Bonuses Available for Performance  




    These roles describe the responsibilities in a campaign. This is a small, grassroots  campaign, so volunteers may  perform duties in various roles and volunteers are expected to work collaboratively as a team. However, roles will be assigned and the responsibility lies with that person.  Positions include, but are not limited to:


    The campaign manager oversees all aspects of the campaign including day-to-day operations.  They are also responsible for creating and managing the campaign budget. Campaign managers must have excellent organizational skills, be level-headed, have good interpersonal skills and not be afraid of raising money.


    The campaign treasurer oversees the financial and accounting aspects of the campaign. They monitor all contributions, maintain financial records and are responsible for compliance with the relevant election board. On smaller campaigns treasurers may have the responsibility to approve expenditures and assist in the preparation and monitoring of the budget. Campaign treasurers are often the only other individual, apart from the candidate, whose name is filed with an election authority.


    The communications director is in charge of all of the campaign’s interactions with the media. They build relationships with the press, communicate with the media as the key spokesperson, set up interviews and identify media opportunities for the campaign. They may help write and develop campaign literature, draft speeches for the candidate and create copy for the campaign web site. The communications director should have prior experience and contacts with the media, be a good writer and communicator, and be a pro-active

    thinker and strategist.


    This information technology manager coordinates and manages all aspects of the campaign with regard to technology – web site, database, computer infrastructure, etc. The IT manager’s responsibilities might range from maintaining the web site to developing the database to providing a computer network for the staff.  This person needs to have a broad knowledge of technology, computers and software and be able to work in a rapid-paced environment. In larger campaigns the web site and data responsibilities would likely be split.

    To apply:  email ASAP a simple resume/ outline/letter to

    Please include what position, talent, and objectives you are seeking to pursue; the period of time & the number of weekly hours you'd prefer to contribute.  If a position does not suit your personal needs or interests, please feel free to propose a position and duties. 


  • Sherrod Brown 2018 Campaign

    Posted 3/8: 2018 FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

    Senator Sherrod Brown is running for re-election in 2018 and his campaign is seeking motivated and enthusiastic students to become fellows on his fundraising and field teams.

    Description: This fellowship will have two parts: one in Columbus during summer 2018, and one at the fellow’s college campus during the fall semester. In the summer, fellows will become fully trained members of the finance team and will receive a thorough college campus organizing training. Fellows will also meet with staff and supporters across the state of Ohio. When fellows return to school in the fall, they will continue their work for the finance team and help organize for Senator Brown on their college campus. This two-part fellowship program will give students an excellent opportunity to be a part of one of the most competitive senate races in the country and will give them exclusive networking opportunities.

    Requirements: Fellows must be college students who are planning to be enrolled in the fall semester of 2018 on their college campus. They must be able to be in Columbus for eight consecutive weeks in the summer of 2018. During those eight weeks, students are expected to be in the Columbus office for 20 to 30 hours a week. If needed, the campaign will try and provide supporter housing for students to live in Columbus.

    Benefits: The fellowship is unpaid, however there will be many networking and professional development opportunities for students. Fellows will be connected with staff from the campaign, the Ohio Democratic Party, and prominent political leaders in Ohio. They will also receive extensive campaign finance and field organizing trainings, which are valuable skills in both politics and a wide range of different career paths. This program is unique in the opportunities it offers participants for professional and leadership development.

    If interested in a position, please send a copy of your resume and cover letter to Caroline Gonzalez at

  • Bill Ebben Congressional Campaign

    Posted 3/5:

    Interested in working on a congressional campaign?  Bill Ebben is running for Congress in the 8th Congressional District and is looking for volunteer interns.  If you are interested, please contact Bob Stevie by phone (513 236 3333) or email (

    The internship would be on a volunteer basis, but academic credit could be arranged.

  • Public Policy Intern at EY

    Posted 3/1: 

    Office of Public Policy Intern

    Ernst and Young currently have an exceptional learning opportunity for an Office of Public Policy Intern. This intern will assist staff in performing activities around the legislative branch and regulatory agencies in Washington, D.C. and will develop a working knowledge of the accounting/auditing profession in the legislative and regulatory world. This position is based in Washington, D.C. and focuses on U.S. issues.


    • Perform various duties such as attend committee hearings in the House and Senate and provide concise written summaries.
    • Attend regulatory agency events (e.g., SEC and PCAOB) and provide written summaries.
    • Attend meetings and events at the US Chamber of Commerce, BRT, CII, etc. on behalf of our team.
    • Monitor EY in the news, identifying and summarizing news stories that may affect the firm politically.
    • Manage stakeholder information in our database.
    • Research and write talking points and bios for executive meetings.
    • Demonstrate professionalism and competence when attending events on OPP’s behalf.
    • Demonstrate teamwork, integrity and accountability. Assist and collaborate with team members.
    • Contribute ideas/opinions to teams and listen/respond to other views.
    • Use technology to continually learn, share knowledge with team members and enhance service delivery.
    • Qualifications and Skill Requirements
    • To qualify, candidate should be a rising senior and pursuing a bachelor's degree in accounting, business, political science, or a related field and must have:
    • excellent interpersonal skills
    • strong written and verbal communication skills
    • strong analytical, teamwork and organizational skills
    • knowledge of how Capitol Hill works; experience working on Capitol Hill a plus
    • integrity, maturity, dependability, a positive attitude and a strong work ethic
    • PC proficiency, including spreadsheet, word processing and presentation software applications
    • Graduate or law students a plus

    How To Apply

    Ernst & Young LLP, an equal opportunity employer, values the diversity of our work force and the knowledge of our people. To learn more about career opportunities at Ernst & Young, please visit us at

    To apply for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter electronically to

  • Intern with Hamilton County

    Posted 2/27:

    Hamilton County is now accepting applications for our summer management analyst internship. This is a great opportunity for a civic minded undergraduate/graduate student to gain exposure to local government administration.

    This is a paid internship at 20-30 hours per week and can accommodate any course credit requirements. The job can be found on the county website at under “Management Analyst Intern”.

  • SNAP Fellowship

    Posted 2/23:


    Entry-level positions in politics are often low- or non-paying and otherwise hard to access. This means it can be near-impossible to afford the jobs which lead to more lucrative careers in political campaigning, and this financial barrier prohibits a huge portion of students from participating in electoral politics.

    Students for a New American Politics offers the fix: we provide fellowships for students to work on progressive congressional campaigns. SNAP recruits and chooses outstanding people from across the country to work as Field Organizers on competitive races during the summer, and then gives them the necessary training and stipend to succeed in the field.

    Our two-pronged approach allows us to maximize our resources. Our endorsement helps progressives win seats in Congress today and vote for policy to move America in the right direction, and our fellows gain the necessary experience to go on and become the progressive leaders of tomorrow — fundamentally changing the face of American politics.

    The SNAP Fellowship

    • Our fellows are not interns. They serve as Field Organizers — primarily leading volunteers — and lead many of the grassroots activities and organizing on the campaign

    • In this meaningful role, many of our fellows learn a lot of tangible political skills to apply to other campaigns and positions

      • Often, our fellows continue working with the campaign past our fellowship term and through the election in November. They prove themselves as outstanding contributors and will frequently receive promotions to other roles on the campaign

    • No matter where our fellows end up going, their experience with SNAP will lead to many more opportunities throughout their careers


    Apply to be a SNAP Fellow.

    Apply by March 5th to be considered in our second round of applicants.
  • Office of Community Engagement & Service

    Posted 2/21:

    Office of Community Engagement & Service: 

    Issue Campaign Coordinator (REV UP)

    OCES is looking for a talented and motivated student to work with the OCES team to manage and develop ‘REV UP Oxford.’  The REV UP Campaign aims to increase the political power of the disability community while also engaging candidates and the media on disability issues. The position will work out of OCES and will be funded through the Andrew Goodman Vote Everywhere Ambassador program. The Coordinator will work with an existing student to lead campaign organizing efforts for the remainder of 2018, and will take point beginning Fall 2018. The position allows flexibility for additional programming including general voter registration, action-oriented workshops; Issues Forums and Events (e.g. panel discussions, documentary film-screenings); other community engagement programs and events.

    The Coordinator will receive a $1,000 stipend and $500 in programming money to carry out events and tasks related to REV UP and the Vote Everywhere Program. Coordinators are expected to work 8-10 hours per week.

    Areas of Responsibility Include:
    • contacting potential program partners

    • coordinating and communicating with all team members working on the program

    • developing a timeline of tasks to be accomplished

    • developing a sustainable framework for the campaign in Oxford & expansion to other parts of the county/state

    • overseeing task completion by team members

    • preparing and circulating promotional materials

    • managing all logistical aspects of the program

    • planning voter registration and coordinating get-out-the-vote efforts

    • Maintaining contact and collaboration with the National movement and organization

    • and other related administrative duties

    Goals of the REV UP Campaign:

    • work with local, state, and national coalitions on effective, non-partisan campaigns

    • eliminate barriers to voting, promote accessibility of voting technology and polling places

    • educate voters about issues and candidates

    • promote turnout of voters with disabilities across the country

    • engage candidates and the media on disability issues, and protect eligible voters’ right to participate in elections


    • Ability to build trust, work collaboratively, creatively solve problems, foster innovation, and demonstrate a high level of integrity

    • Attention to detail and highly motivated to generate results

    • Experience in leading groups, managing events, and/or running service activities  

    • Strong communication skills

    • Enthusiasm for equity, social justice, public policy, and/or politics in general

    • Commitment to the belief that full political participation for all Americans, including those with disabilities, is a top priority

    To Apply:

    Submit your resume and cover letter discussing your interest, availability, and experience to: Christie Zwahlen, Director at with the subject line “REV UP Coordinator.” Application Deadline: February 28, Wednesday by 5PM

  • Intern for the Women's Center

    Posted 2/19:

    Miami University’s Women*s Center is accepting intern applications for the 2018/2019 academic year!  Interested students should expect an 8-10 hour per week time commitment. This is a paid employment position, and an amazing opportunity to advocate for important issues on campus and empower others. People of all genders, or those with no gender, are encouraged to apply.  We want your voice to add to our diverse intern team!

    We are seeking students who are passionate about social justice in an intersectional feminist framework to assist with our annual projects such as the Clothesline Project, and The Femellectual. The Clothesline Project is a visual art demonstration to raise awareness of sexual assault, and to empower survivors. The Femellectual is the center’s literary magazine to serve as a platform for social justice, art, and non-dominant voices.  We are looking for interns who can continue this work, and expand the Women’s Center’s influence further.

    If interested, fill out the application here:

    Students will need one letter of recommendation,  additional references, a resume, and cover letter.

  • Common Cause Internship

    Posted 2/15:

    Each spring, summer and fall, Common Cause offers internships in Washington, DC to students from across the country.  Interns work closely with national staff on grassroots organizing efforts, research and writing of policy papers and investigative studies, outreach to members of Congress and their staffs, e-advocacy, and fundraising.

    Through training and daily work experience, interns gain a deep understanding of the workings of Congress, the Executive Branch and grassroots lobbying. Weekly briefings with key Common Cause staff keep interns up-to-date on our highest priority campaigns and the strategies we are pursuing.   Interns can receive school credit and Common Cause offers a travel stipend to cover costs to and from our office for interns receiving school credit.

    March 9th is the deadline for summer 2018 intern applications.

    For more information or to apply, visit their website: 
  • Intern for Congressman Bill Johnson

    Posted 2/13:

    The office of Congressman Bill Johnson (R-OH) is currently seeking conservative, highly motivated, and organized applicants for a full or part-time unpaid internship for a start date beginning the second week of May into the middle of August 2018, with flexible start and end dates.

    Candidates should possess interest in the legislative process, excellent communication skills, and attention to detail. Responsibilities will mostly include, but are not limited to: answering phones, leading tours of the U.S. Capitol, attending and summarizing hearings and/or briefings for legislative staff, and performing various administrative tasks. Ohio ties are preferred, but are not required. The months of the internship may vary depending on the availability or school schedule of the applicant. If interested, please send a resume and cover letter to with "2018 Summer Internship" in the subject line. No phone calls or walk-ins will be accepted.

  • Special Events Internship at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

    Posted 2/5:

    Special Events Internship at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

    As part of the Development branch of the museum, the Office of Special Events at the National Museum of American History plans and coordinates over 100 events each year including:

    exhibition openings, press conferences, donation ceremonies, staff receptions, donor cultivation events, and corporate dinners and receptions.  Our office is characterized by a busy but proactive environment that strives to forward the goals of the Smithsonian Institution by connecting with the community and public at large. We offer an unparalleled opportunity for students interested in event planning and coordinating to delve into the museum environment and gain hands-on skills from a highly esteemed workplace. Our interns are given a great deal of responsibility and permitted the chance to develop their writing skills, interact with museum officials, work with caterers and vendors, and staff numerous special events.

    Special Events Interns attend the events as described above and assist with the coordination, while developing the skills necessary to plan and execute events. They learn to plan menus, décor, and entertainment. They also learn to create invitations lists, manage responses and guest lists, and take the lead on the printing and mailing of invitations. They are exposed to the nuances of protocol and frequently accompany staff members on site visits with potential donors and walk-throughs with clients and vendors. In addition, interns learn to manage the museum-wide special events and conference room calendar.

    The deadline for summer applications is Thursday, March 1, 2018. To apply, please create an account on SOLAA and choose “NMAH Special Events Internship (External Affairs) Program” as your program choice. Alternatively, you may submit a cover letter, resume, letter of recommendation, and unofficial transcript to Start and end dates and full time or part time availability should be included in your application materials as well. While the position is unpaid, we typically offer a $300 travel stipend to cover transportation costs to and from the Museum. Applicant must be a junior, senior, or graduate student to apply.

    If you have any questions or would like additional information about our program and how to apply, please contact Sarah Loux, Special Events Coordinator, at or by calling 202-633-3318.

  • ORP 2018 Internship

    Posted 1/26:

    The Ohio Republican Party is currently looking for motivated students that would like to gain experience in the political field.  Students that intern for the Ohio Republican Party will gain real life political experience in the state capital, while making a difference in local, state, and national politics.  The Ohio Republican Party will provide an education as well as experiences in event management, grassroots campaigning, and political fundraising, advance understanding of party politics, development of skills used in real world politics, and expand the student’s networks and relationships with Ohio political officials, staff, donors, and influential individuals.  Please send an email to Madison Nye ( requesting the application, or call her:

    Madison Nye

  • EHS New York

    Posted 1/24:

    Are you Interning in NYC this summer?
    Save $200 on your housing with EHS! 

    Thousands of interns like you enjoy calling EHS home. Choose from six EHS residences throughout NYC and relax in comfort with amenities including A/C, free wifi, fitness centers, and networking activities.
    Call EHS for more information or


  • CHPA Internship

    Posted 1/22:

    Consider Applying for the Consumer Helathcare Products Association Internship.

    • The CHPA Internship Program provides undergraduate and graduate students exposure to the OTC industry through a dynamic summer internship which includes project work for one or more CHPA departments and participation in a wide variety of meetings and activities across the organization.
    • Interns are selected based on candidate interests and organization needs and workload.
    • Length: Up to 7-weeks, starting in late May or early June
    • Pay: Modest hourly wage
    • Housing: CHPA does not provide housing arrangements and/or stipend, but can forward information about housing options at George Washington University

    For more info or to apply click here.

  • Institute on Economics & International Affairs

    Posted 1/16:

    Institute on Economics & International Affairs
    Washington, DC // June 2 – July 27, 2018 

    Priority Deadline for Scholarships: February 7
    Final Deadline: March 13

    **Full-Tuition Scholarship Funding Available – See Below for Details**

    Apply to the 2018 Institute on Economics and International Affairs and be a part of solving today’s most pressing national and global challenges.

    In capitals around the world all eyes are on Washington, DC. It’s an important time for young people to be in Washington to help address the many foreign policy challenges in the headlines. This summer you can be in the city where world affairs come together and history is made every day.

    Program Components: 

    International Relations Internship: Intern 30-35 hours a week at a think tank, NGO, or government agency. You will gain insight and practical experience in foreign policy and international affairs career tracks. Click here to check out the many other exciting options in humanitarian relief, aid and development, international trade and commerce, global health and education, defense and national security or peace building and conflict resolution. 
    International Economics and Foreign Policy Coursework: Combine theory and practice and take courses on international economics and foreign policy for 3 to 9 credit hours through George Mason University. Click here to view the course catalog. 
    Exclusive Lectures and Site Briefings: Engage in debate and discussion on salient issues in foreign policy and international affairs with prominent scholar-practitioners, and attend exclusive briefings at key Washington institutions including the State Department, Pentagon, CIA, USAID, World Bank, UN regional offices, and foreign embassies. 
    Small Group Networking: Meet with seasoned practitioners including CIA Analysts, Foreign Service Officers, USAID Agents, Peace Corps Volunteers, UN Aid Workers, and various other foreign policy professionals to learn about career paths in international affairs. 
    Mentor Program: Connect with a practitioner in your field of interest who will serve as a professional mentor during and after the program. He or she will provide tips for living in Washington as well as career advice and networking contacts. 
    Housing: Students will live in furnished apartments on campus at George Washington University in downtown Washington, DC and are matched with other program participants as roommates. The apartments are located steps from the White House, State Department and National Monuments, and provide easy access to the DC metro transportation system.
    Scholarships: More than 70% of students receive partial scholarship awards based on financial need and merit. Full scholarships are available through the Leadership Scholars Program – click here for details.

    Please click here to read Alumni testimonials.

    Leadership Scholars Program:
    Through this program, The Fund for American Studies is able to provide at least 25 full scholarships to aid students in participating in the summer institutes in Washington, DC. Students with strong academic records, and who are active on their campus/and or community are encouraged to apply. Please visit for full application criteria and instructions. 

    Applicants not selected for one of the full scholarships will automatically be considered for one of the partial scholarship awards available through our general scholarship fund.

    Application Instructions:
    Applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis until the final deadline of March 13, but applicants are encouraged to apply for by the February 7 Priority Deadline for Scholarships in order to receive special consideration.

    Application requirements include a topical essay, statement or purpose, resume, official transcript, letter of recommendation and $25 application fee. An application checklist is available here:

    Please visit for more program details and to begin an application. Questions may be directed to Colin Parks, Institute on Economics and International Affairs Director, at or 202.986.0384.

  • Hoover Institution Policy Boot Camp

    Posted 1/8:

    Hoover Institution Policy Boot Camp

    The Summer Policy Boot Camp is a one week program focused on the economic, political, and social aspects of United States national and international public policy. This program offers top college students and recent graduates an opportunity to participate in focused seminars in economics, government, political science, and related fields led by renowned economists, seasoned national security professionals, and leading policy makers at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. Topics are chosen based on the immediate relevance to today’s public policy challenges. Students will develop and apply critical reasoning skills to public policy formation. It’s a great way to make connections to other aspiring professionals and jumpstart a career in public policy.

    • ELIGIBILITY: Current undergraduates and recent graduates
    • PROGRAM DATES: August 19-25, 2018
    • ALL APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2018 PROGRAM: Due March 1, 2018; $100 Application Fee
    • LOCATION: Hoover Institution, Stanford University
    • PROGRAM FEES: Tuition, food and lodging are free for all accepted applicants


  • JVA Campaigns

    Posted 1/8:

    JVA Campaigns Is Hiring Account Associates!

    Are you ready to be a part of our team?

    JVA Campaigns is a national, award-winning political consulting and public affairs firm that specializes in direct mail and digital advertising. We are based in Columbus, Ohio – the battleground of all political battlegrounds. Our clients span the spectrum of the progressive movement – candidates, labor unions, state parties, caucuses, advocacy organizations, and nonprofits.

    This is a full time, seasonal/temporary position based in Columbus, Ohio. The position will start March 1, 2018 and last through November 30, 2018.

    Account Associate Job Duties

    JVA is currently hiring for 2 seasonal, full-time Account Associate positions. As part of our Client Services team, you will work closely with senior staff to develop and execute direct mail and digital programs. You must be detail oriented, a team player, and have excellent organization and project management skills. Typical job duties include:

    • Developing direct mail concepts and writing copy
    • Liaising between graphic artists and clients to make revisions to direct mail pieces and arrive at a finished product
    • Working with your team to prepare direct mail plans, budgets, and timelines
    • Conducting internet research and preparing research memos
    • Tracking the status of jobs using our online workflow manager
    • Generally doing whatever it takes to get the job done right

    At JVA Campaigns, we all chip in whenever necessary, which means from time to time you may also be asked to answer phones, run errands, and do other small administrative tasks. While this will be a small part of the job, it’s important you be a team player and always ready to lend a helping hand around the office.


    • Bachelor’s degree with a major in political science, public policy, communications, or marketing
    • Previous political experience preferred, but not required
    • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite of software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
    • Exceptional written and verbal communications skills
    • Proven ability to work independently, be well-organized, detail-oriented, and to multi-task
    • Enthusiasm for communications, marketing, and/or the creative arts
    • Passion for Democratic and progressive politics
    • Good sense of humor!
    • Strong desire to learn and willingness to be taught

    A few more things:

    Again, this is a full-time, seasonal/temporary position that will begin March 1, 2018 and last through November 30, 2018. We provide medical, dental, and vision coverage as well as a 401k program on the very first day of employment. To apply please send your resume, cover letter, and 3 writing samples to with “Account Associate” in the subject line. JVA Campaigns is an equal opportunity employer, and we are committed to building a dynamic and diverse workforce.

  • Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship College Student Congress


    The Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship College Student Congress brings together 50 of the nation’s brightest college students in Lexington, Kentucky for a week-long academic program dedicated to educating the next generation of leaders in the arts of policy formation, negotiation, compromise, and cooperation. Students also have the opportunity to apply for an additional week of programming in Washington, DC where they will visit various organizations that work on policy issues in practice.

    Who? Rising College Seniors

    When? Lexington, KY May 15-20, 2018; Washington, DC May 21-25, 2018

    How Much? All Students Receive a Full Scholarship for Attendance

    How to Apply? Visit

  • The Fund for American Studies Summer Internship Program


    June 3 – July 27, 2018

    February 7– Priority Deadline for Scholarships for Summer 2018

    ** Internship Placement – Courses for Credit – Furnished Housing – Community Leadership Projects**

    ** Scholarships Available**

    Spend 8 weeks taking action while getting a hands-on learning experience in the nation’s capital with the Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service (IPVS)! Taking advantage of a Washington, DC internship is a valuable investment in your future that will set you apart after college. IPVS will put you on the front lines helping to solve local, national and international issues. The comprehensive program sponsored by The Fund for American Studies includes:

    • An internship placement with some of the nation’s top nonprofits
    • Courses for academic credit provided through George Mason University
    • Furnished housing located close to Metro rail stations, monuments and museums in Washington
    • Leadership activities including charitable grant awards and hands-on community projects
    • Professional development opportunities including networking events, exclusive behind the scenes briefings, guest speakers and a mentor program
    • Workshops on social entrepreneurship, legal issues and much more

    Click here to apply or learn more

  • AEI Summer Honors Program

    POSTED 11/20:  The American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC, is now accepting applications for its 2018 Summer Honors Program, a series of fully-funded educational and career development opportunities for undergraduate students interested in public policy and national politics.  Each year, they bring together top students from around the country and across the political spectrum to discuss some of the most pressing challenges facing our country. Students participate in small, intensive seminars taught by AEI scholars and other policy practitioners, join daily lunches with policymakers and business leaders, and advance their careers through high-level networking opportunities.

    You can see the full course lineup on the program’s website. This year, they offer twelve courses for students, on everything from Pericles’ Athens (taught by AEI’s Gary Schmitt), to the Constitution (taught by AEI and the University of California-Berkeley’s John Yoo), to the principles of democratic capitalism (taught by AEI’s Director of Economic Policy Studies Michael Strain), to military history and decision-making (taught by the Director of AEI’s Critical Threats Project, Frederick Kagan), and more, making it a program suitable for student leaders with diverse sets of interests.  The program takes place at AEI’s headquarters in Washington, and students may apply for a one-week and/or a four-week program, depending on their interests and availability.

    The early decision deadline is December 31st, and the regular decision deadline is March 5.

  • Dewine Husted Campaign

    Posted 12/11: Intern with DeWine/Husted for Ohio!

    DeWine Husted for Ohio is searching for motivated interns in their Columbus office for the Winter and Spring of 2018!

    • Elect the next Governor and Lt. Governor of Ohio
    • Gain political experience in a crucial battleground state
    • Attend events and rallies
    • Get an inside view of how campaigns work

    Contact Tim Lanzendorfer for more information at

  • Joe Schiavoni Campaign Fellowship Program

    Posted 11/10: Joe Schiavoni Campaign Fellowship Program 

    Help us build a new generation of leadership! At 38 years old, Joe is Ohio’s youngest state senator and the former Senate Democratic Leader. If elected, he would be the youngest Ohio governor in nearly 150 years. Joe is leading the fight in the Senate for investment in education, infrastructure, and career tech. He’s the only candidate with real, achievable plans to make college more affordable. Ohio needs a passionate candidate with fresh ideas to move us forward. Let’s make history in 2018.

    Fellowship Details

    • 15-20 hours per week, beginning January 2018
    • Columbus area residents preferred, but not required (all fellows should plan for a few day trips throughout the campaign!).
    • If your college/university allows class credit for campaign work, we will help ensure the fellowship fulfills course requirements.

    If interested, send your resume to Zac Kramer at Learn more about Joe at

  • Vocatio and Startup Cincinnati

    Posted: 11/6:

    Vocatio and Startup Cincinnati along with Miami University have teamed up for an initative exclusively for Miami University College of Arts and Sciences Students.

    If you have any interest in the start-up industry or want more information, click here for more information about the partnership.

    Also, see this video to learn more.

  • Apply to City Internships

    Posted 10/24: Looking for an internship this summer, consider applying to City Internships by clicking here.

    CI is an accelerated learning provider offering immersive, in-person programs that combine practical work experience-based training with cohort-based career workshops and seminars.

    CI creates globally engaged, career-ready students. Upon college graduation, CI alumni get hired three-times faster and earn 30 percent more than their graduate peers.

  • Congressman Joyce Internship

    Posted 10/23: Intern for Congressman Dave Joyce this Spring!

    In our Washington, DC office, internships run throughout the fall, spring or summer semesters for high school and college students. Although all internships in all offices are unpaid, students gain invaluable work experience. The hours are flexible to accommodate students' hectic course schedules, but generally run 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.when Congress is in session, and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. when not in session.

    In Washington, interns' responsibilities will vary. They will be asked to answer phones, run errands, research legislation for the Member and legislative staff, attend hearings and briefings and answer constituent letters on various issues before the House. As a result, interns learn about the legislative process and the many other functions of a congressional office.

     For more information click here, or contact Emma Vaughn, or (202) 225-5731

  • Ripon Society

    POSTED 10/3: Oxley Internship and Frenzel Fellowship

    The Michael G. Oxley Internship and the Bill Frenzel Fellowship honors the memory of two special leaders who provided decades of exemplary service to Congress, the Republican Party, and The Ripon Society – former House Financial Services Committee Chairman Michael G. Oxley (Ohio) and former House Budget Committee Ranking Member Bill Frenzel (Minnesota).

    Experts in pertinent public policy and the art of legislating, Chairman Oxley and Rep. Frenzel were true statesmen who represented what was right in Washington, D.C. and the Republican Party: a pragmatic mindset, a sense of decency and wit, intellectual curiosity, and an unfailing commitment the United States and its future.

    Both paid positions, the Oxley Internship is intended for those still working towards their undergraduate degree, and the Frenzel Fellowship is for individuals who have graduated college and are beginning their careers in D.C.

    As an Oxley Intern or a Frenzel Fellow at The Ripon Society, you will be responsible for assisting the organization in executing various projects that support and enhance communication within the organization and externally with government policy makers, congressional staff, and Ripon Society members.

    Key Job Functions:

    • Conduct research and help write Ripon Society documents
    • Conduct research on legislation from policy makers, assist in developing programming ideas
    • Edit and write other communications
    • Assist with The Ripon Forum tasks as needed
    • Assist with logistics associated with Capitol Hill policy discussions
    • Perform day to day administrative duties as needed

    Required Skills:

    • We are looking for an individual who has a keen interest in public policy
    • The individual must demonstrate the ability to undertake writing assignments, and possess a basic understanding of government relations skills
    • An educational background in public policy, communications and political science is ideal
    • Ability to write clearly and effectively
    • Hard-working, highly motivated, and self-sufficient

    Applications for the Spring and Summer 2018 Oxley Internships are presently being accepted.

    Applications for Frenzel Fellows for Winter 2017/18 are presently being accepted.

    For more information about the Oxley Internship or Frenzel Fellowship with The Ripon Society, please contact us at with a copy of your resume attached.  Also visit

  • The Center for Education Reform

    Are you ready to make a difference in the U.S. education system? Do you want to gain knowledge about ed policy? Do you have a knack for research and strong communications skills?

    If so, we want you to intern at the Center for Education Reform (CER), the leading voice and advocate for education reform in America!

    As a CER intern, you’ll be working in all aspects of education policy, including research, advocacy, legislative affairs, and public relations. Here are some bullet points for your future resume:

    • Research current education issues by collecting data, analyzing reports, and preparing policy briefs.
    • Support outreach efforts to members of Congress, state legislators, charter-school leaders, and the media.Maintain contact info for policymakers, charter-school leaders, and other key stakeholders.
    • Contribute to our blog, e-newsletter, and clips report with interesting and topical content.
    • Help with mailings, press releases, database entry, filing, and answering the phone. 
    • A stipend is available to cover travel and food.

    Intrigued? Send your resume and a cover letter to

  • Intern with U.S. Rep Warren Davidson

    POSTED 8/23: Rep. Davidson is looking for interns...Apply Today by following this link.

    Congressman Warren Davidson, Republican Representative from Ohio’s 8th district is looking for highly motivated and qualified students to intern in the Washington D.C office.

    The Intern Experience
    As in intern you will experience the day to day operations of how politics work in our nation’s capital. You will have an integral role in the office where you will be assisting the congressional staff and Congressman in numerous ways, including:

    • Giving tours of the Capitol to constituents
    • Doing research projects and assignments on legislative issues to assist the Congressman and the legislative staff
    • Attend hearings and meetings within the Capitol about important topics facing our country
    • Going to catered receptions on and off Capitol Hill where you can network with fellow interns and staff
    • Constituent services, delivering important documents throughout the Capitol Hill Complex, and many other exciting tasks

    Spending a semester in our nation’s capital is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity where students learn new skills, gain knowledge of the policy process, and establish a professional network. Your experience and connections will serve as a strong foundation for your intended career in the public sector.

    How to Become an Intern
    Becoming an intern on Capitol Hill is very competitive, yet rewarding. If interested, please go to our website and fill out the application. We have 3 intern sessions with the following application deadlines:

    • Fall Session: August 31
    • Spring Session: December 31
    • Summer Session: March 31

    Past interns have: attended competitive graduate programs, worked in the Ohio State Legislature, and secured employment on Capitol Hill.
    If you have any questions feel free to call our office at 202-225-6205.

  • Connie Pillich for Governor

    Posted 8/21: Connie Pillich for Governor

    Our internship is designed to train college students and recent post-grads to become community organizers and political leaders. Interns will learn skills that will prepare them for entry-level positions on political campaigns. These skills include mobilizing communities, organizing political events, volunteer recruitment, and managing campaign data. We are looking for students with a passion to elect Democrats in Ohio.

    Internships are available with flexible hours and will likely include some of the following activities:

    • Voter contact, recruitment of volunteers, and the training of the new set of volunteers.
    • Campaign research encompassing a variety of information ranging from issue briefs to public record research.
    • Assist in the planning, promotion and execution of campaign events.

    Who are we looking for?

    • Smart, energetic, and fun people who are interested in gaining experience and involvement in politics • Strong computer and internet skills (Microsoft Office, internet research, email, social media etc.);
    • Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines;
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
    • Strong attention to detail and commitment to quality work product;
    • Available to intern 10-15 hours per week;
    • In the process of earning a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a related field.
    • Recent post-grads are encouraged to apply!

    Qualified candidates should submit a resume, and at least three professional references by email, with the subject line “Friends of Connie Pillich Internship 2017” to


  • Miami Alumni Connect

    Miami Alumni Connect for students

    As a Miami student, you have access to one of the most innovative career programs in the nation! Miami Alumni Connect makes it easy to find professionals that were once in your shoes, so you can build a network and seek expertise to help you grow. There are a number of tools and features, like 30-minute flash mentoring conversations with Miami alumni mentors, in-person or via phone video chat, and a discussion forum for anonymous career-related questions. You can even find alumni who participated in the same student organizations as you through the easy-to-use filtering tool. Sign up and get connected with Miami alumni eager to help you at!