Ohio University

Public Affairs Internship

Students in front of white house

Omar Kurdi interned at Amnesty International USA in Washington, D.C.

Department Internship Coordinator: Dr. Lauren Elliott-Dorans

Make a Difference

Want a chance to make a difference and develop your professional skills?

Political Science interns have worked at all levels of public life, from the courthouse to the White House. Interns receive on-the-job training and practical experience in government, in non-profit organizations, or interest groups while earning academic credit.

The Political Science Department also oversees the Sara Katherine Ullman Memorial Internship, which awards one Ohio University student the opportunity to intern with Amnesty International each summer. The Ullman award also comes with a $2,500 stipend to cover living expenses.

What Do Interns Do?

Interns work with a wide range of organizations and people. They are asked to do everything from copying bills to writing legislation that other interns copy. Some students work just a few hours a week; others work full-time; still others spread their internships over more than one semester. The choice is the student's. The nature of an internship depends on what the student puts into it.

The Political Science faculty want to be flexible in finding the right way to make an internship match a student's goals for school, for career plans, and for the internship itself. Students who are interested in finding an internship we can get information that will assist them.

The Public Affairs Internship bulletin board, on the second floor of Bentley Annex, has information on organizations that are interested in Public Affairs Interns from OHIO, and it is a great place to start a search. Also check out the Resources link in the internship menu to find more online and campus resources.

Students should take a moment to become familiar with the program and its requirements; then start looking for their perfect internship!

Questions should be directed to Director Dr. Lauren Elliott-Dorans in the Political Science Department.