Internships

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Internships

The Department of Political Science strongly encourages students to enroll in an internship during the course of their studies at Northern Illinois University. The internship allows students to earn course credit while gaining valuable professional experience as an intern.

Participating in an internship gives students a special opportunity to:

  • apply classroom knowledge to a professional work environment
  • gain valuable political experience that will look great on a resume
  • sample different career options in a specific professional area of interest
  • make valuable connections that could lead to a permanent position

The department runs the Washington D.C. Summer Congressional Internship Program and the Springfield Internship Program.  We also help facilitate interships with the C2 Group and the Washington Center.

The department also sponsors several campus internships, including ones in the following offices:

Additionally, students may work with the department's Internship Coordinator and NIU Career Services in order to assist students in the process of obtaining internships. Such opportunities include internships with:

  • Congressional and state legislative offices
  • Local, state, and federal government offices
  • State's Attorney and Public Defender offices
  • Political campaigns for national, state, and local offices
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Public interest law firms
  • Interest groups

Students looking for political science internship advice and career opportunities should contact Professor
April Clark at aclark9@niu.edu or 815-753-7055. Students are also encouraged to regularly check the department’s
E-Announcements.

To download an internship form for academic credit, click here.  

To view the POLS 490-Political Science Internship syllabus, click here.