Internships and Careers in Political Science
The Department offers a number of internship opportunities for its undergraduate majors and minors and graduate students. These require close coordination among the student, work supervisor, and the Department's internship coordinator. It is important to discuss a possible internship with the appropriate Departmental coordinator prior to enrolling in it.
Part-time internships in local, state, or federal government agencies. These are usually unpaid positions, requiring 15 hours of work per week. 3 hours of credit are awarded under PS 498/598. Contact Dr. Edward Yager for more information.
Part-time internships in Congressmen's district offices, and full-time internships in Washington , D.C. The Department of Government has an arrangement with 2nd District Congressman Ron Lewis' offices in Bowling Green and Elizabethtown for placement of interns there. Other Congressmen schedule their own interns, and you should contact your own U.S. Representative or Senator for his/her policies. 3 hours of credit are awarded under PS 403. Contact Dr. Edward Yager for more information.
Interning Political Campaigns
Internships in political campaigns. 3 hours of credit are awarded under PS 403. Contact Dr. Saundra Ardrey for more information.
The Kentucky General Assembly selects about 24 interns statewide for its sessions in the spring of even years. Interns are selected in the winter of odd years. They live and work in Frankfort from mid-December through May while the General Assembly is in session. Interns are paid, and receive 15 hours of credit under PS 490, 491, 492, and 493. Contact Dr. Scott Lasley for more information.
Kentucky Legislative Intern Program
The State Republican Party/Minority Outreach Internship is available to minority students who posses both excellent writing and communications skills. Interning with the State Republican Party gives students a chance to learn first hand about national and local politics, along with gaining skills necessary to be successful in the future. Students involved in this program will draft and send out letters to various people and organizations, help with events sponsored by the Party, assist different departments, including the financial and communications department, with projects and task, and a number of other duties to help with the daily operations of the Republican Party of Kentucky. For more information contact John McCarthy at (502) 875-5130 or by email.
Note: The Political Science Department does not award academic credit for clerical or "go-fer" job experiences, whether paid or unpaid. Nor does it award academic credit for working as "clerks" in law offices. However, the Department does encourage students interested in legal careers to work for a law firm, and the Department can sometimes assist in finding positions.
We encourage our students to go beyond a Bachelors degree. Many political science students are interested in going to law school and some want to pursue advanced degrees in the field. We can help you on your quest for any of these goals. Whether you are looking for an academic or research position or career in government, the law, business, journalism and communications, teaching and or a career with a non-profit organization-- in the private or public sector-- we can help.
Here are a few useful links:
Office of Personnel Management
U.S. Government Websites