Students Explore D.C. Through Poli Sci Internships

Political Science Department – Beginning last year, the Political Science Department expanded its range of opportunities for students looking to pursue internships in Washington DC.  Last spring, the first group of 9 students interned at the White House, in Congress, at lobbying firms, in administrative agencies, and in interest groups. They were:

Andrew Cutillo ’13, U.S. Small Business Administration
Daniel Docherty ’12, Senator Charles Schumer’s Office
Claire Maggio ’12, Council of State Governments
Conor McMahon ’12, Congressman Maurice Hinchey’s Office
Eric Meyer ’12, Jacques and Associates, Inc.
Conor Reynolds ’12, White House Communications Office
Hannah Schwager ’12, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Tiffanie Tam ’13, mCapitol Management
John Whiting ’12, Congresswoman Gwen Morre’s Office

Interning in D.C.
Internship placement, residential housing, and academic programming is provided by The Washington Center, the largest nonprofit academic internship program. The Center staff finds substantive, professional placements tailored to each student’s interests. Students share apartments either in the main Residential and Academic Facility of the Center or in other apartment buildings located proximate to the Metro.

Students work in their internships 4.5 days per week and take one evening course from a long list of politics and international relations courses offered by the Center.  The Center also provides a set of activities to enrich the practical experience and provide professional career development.  Students receive 16 credits in all for the semester.

Students need a 3.0 cumulative GPA to apply for the internship. The internship program is offered in the fall and spring semesters.  Summer internship opportunities for reduced credit also are available through the Career Center.

Want to Learn More?
The fall interest meeting for the Political Science Department’s Washington Semester Program will be Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 1 p.m. in the Fenno Room, Harkness 329. Student can pick up application materials from the Political Science Department Office or from Professor L. Powell.

Article courtesy of Lynda Powell, professor in the Political Science Department. Photo courtesy of The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars.