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The Baker-Nord Center and the Career Center have teamed up to offer scholarships to support undergraduate humanities majors working in unpaid internships. Click here for more information.

Armed Conflict, Peace Processes and the challenges of Peacebuilding in Colombia Applications are being accepted for this 3-week academic program which is open to undergraduate students with an interest in international relations and conflict resolution.  Applicants seeking funding for the program must submit the completed scholarship application form, the accompanying academic reference, and the general program application form by December 12. Contact for more information.
Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Governmental Affairs Internship The APLU offers Washington, DC-based, unpaid internships for students with an interest in politics and the political process, and especially for those interested in higher education and/or science or technology policy. Applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer internships are due one to two months prior to the internship start date. To apply, submit a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and your availability, along with your resume to
Boren Scholarships Scholarships for varying lengths of international study are available for students interested in national security.   Applications are due February 7, 2019.
C-Span Summer Internship The C-SPAN Internship Program seeks to utilize the talents and education of students like yourself who are interested in communications and politics. During your internship you will become familiar with the workings of a cable television network and you’ll get a front row seat to the political process. Applications should be submitted at the earliest possible date.
Capital Semester International Affairs and Public Policy Internship Spend a semester in the nation’s capital with students from around the country and world who are all passionate about public policy issues and making an impact on the world. The intensive schedule is designed to maximize your time in Washington by combining learning in the classroom with practical internship experience.  Deadline passed. Check back later for updated application information!
Center on Democracy and Organizing Summer Institute The CDO is seeking applications from advanced Ph.D. students and early career researchers and organizers for participation in a summer training institute focused on the study of democracy and organizing. Applications for Summer 2019 are due December 17. 
Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program This six-week program offers students a greater understanding of careers in international affairs.  Applications for Summer 2019 are due February 5, 2019. 
City of Canton Mayor’s Internship Program The Mayor’s Office offers an internship program for students interested in gaining experience in the administration of local government. Positions are available during the fall, spring and summer semesters. For more information or to apply, contact the Mayor’s Office at 330-438-4307.
City of University Heights Mayoral Internship Program The University Heights Mayoral Internship Program offers college students unique experiential learning opportunities in local government. Selected participants will work closely with the Mayor and Department Directors. Placement will be based on a number of factors, including the student’s interests, experience/skills, as well as the City’s needs. Submit your resume and a cover letter to
Cleveland Council on World Affairs Internships Internship positions may include: International Visitors Program Intern, Model United Nations Intern, Membership & Development intern, Special Events and Marketing intern, Strategic Communications Intern, and Graphic Design Intern. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To secure a semester placement, plan to apply at least 6 weeks in advance.
Cleveland Foundation Summer Internship Program The Cleveland Foundation Summer Internship Program provides talented and diverse undergraduate students and recent college graduates an opportunity to work with Cleveland-area nonprofit and public sector organizations in an 11-week paid internship. Interns also participate in and coordinate weekly seminars highlighting key organizations and programs being conducted in the local nonprofit and public sectors. Applications for Summer 2019 are due January 21, 2019.  
Congresswoman Marcia Fudge Unpaid internship opportunities are available at Congresswoman Fudge’s Washington, D.C. and Warrensville Heights, OH offices.  Applications are accepted year-round.
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute CHCI’s paid internships offer Latino undergraduate students experience what it’s like to work in a congressional office, while participating in weekly professional and leadership development and civic engagement through community service.

Applications for…
Summer 2019: due December 1, 2018
Fall 2019: due February 15, 2019.

Critical Language Scholarship Program This is an intensive language and cultural immersion program that allows students to pick one of 15 languages to study overseas. Applications are due November 27. 
Department of State Student Internship Program The U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program is an unpaid internship with the opportunity to work in U.S. embassies and consulates throughout the world, as well as in various bureaus located in Washington, D.C. and at Department offices around the United States. Deadline passed. Check back later for Summer 2020 application information!
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland The Cleveland Fed is offering a variety of summer 2019 internships. Search intern job openings and apply online. Applications for Summer 2019 are due December 7. 
FU-BEST Internship Students interested in doing a summer internship in Berlin can apply for an 8-week placement on a full-time basis (35-40 hours per week). The internship allows students to explore an enriching academic experience in Berlin by immersing themselves in a German workplace and gaining valuable intercultural experience along with skills for their careers.  Applications for Summer 2019 are due December 1, 2018.
Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program  The eight-week Summer Research Program enables students from any university to develop expertise in one of two tracks: Public and Global Health Track and Aging and Neurological Diseases Track. Students may apply to one or both programs for which they qualify, but may only be accepted into one program.  Applications for Summer 2019 are due February 1, 2019.
InterReligious Task Force on Central America Internships are available at this Cleveland-based interfaith group that promotes peace and human rights in Central America and Colombia. Apply online.
IT Lab: Summer Security Intensive SSI is a fellowship program for rising college seniors. This paid seven-week summer fellowship program is designed for U.S. citizens and permanent residents interested in pursuing graduate degrees and careers in the information security sector.  Priority applications for Summer 2019 are due February 1, 2019.

Latin American News Digest

The Digest is seeking qualified students for a limited number of internships for Spring 2019. Student writers and researchers contribute to weekly issues by aggregating and writing condensed versions of news articles found in Latin American sources. Contact for question.  Applications for Spring 2019 are due November 26.

League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland

Spend a few hours a year or several hours per week with tasks ranging from voter registration to leading a major project. Check webpage for current opportunities.

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio

Fall and Spring internships are 11-12 weeks long, paid, and flexible. Applicants can apply for internships within the following categories: Communications & Media Relations; Community Engagement & Organizing; Development & Special Events; and Policy & Legislative Activities.  Interested applicants for Spring 2019 can send a resume and cover letter directly to Hannah Servedio at

National Academy of Social Insurance

The NASI is looking for graduate students, recent graduates, and qualified upper-division undergraduate students for placement in its twelve-week, paid, summer internships. Students interested in U.S. social insurance and related issues are encouraged to apply for one of the Academy’s nationally-competitive internship programs. This listing was forwarded by Professor White, who is a member of the NASI and can tell interested students more about the organization.  Applications for summer internships are due on February 1, 2019.

Ohio Office of the Public Defender

The Office of the Ohio Public Defender welcomes contact from current law students, recent graduates, and other interested parties who are seeking volunteer opportunities. Applications for unpaid positions on a continuous rolling basis.

Pathways Program

The Pathways Program in the US federal government offers internship opportunities for political science students. Check USAJOBS for current available positions.

Policy Matters Ohio

PMO is a non-profit policy research institute, with goals to create a more vibrant, equitable, sustainable and inclusive Ohio through research, strategic communications, coalition building and policy advocacy. Year-round, unpaid internships are offered in both the Cleveland and Columbus offices. 

Fall and Spring applications accepted year-round. Summer 2019 applications begin in February and ends when all positions are filled.

Public Policy and International Affairs Junior Summer Institute for Undergraduates

The goal of the PPIA Fellowship Program is to help prepare students to pursue Masters’ or joint degree, typically in public policy, public administration, international affairs or a related field, through partnerships with universities across the country, and through an alumni network that provides opportunities to connect with nearly 4000 individuals who share the same interest in public service.

Deadline passed. Check back later for Summer 2020 application information!

Ralph Bunche Summer Institute Program

 This five-week program at Duke University is designed to introduce to the world of doctoral study in political science to undergraduate students from under-represented racial and ethnic groups or those interested in broadening participation in political science and pursuing scholarship on issues affecting underrepresented groups or issues of tribal sovereignty and governance.

Applications for Summer 2019 are due January 18, 2019.

Rumi Forum

Unpaid research and project internships are being offered this spring at this organization that promotes interfaith and intercultural dialogue. For further questions, email  

Spring 2019 applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.

Senator Rob Portman

The Office of Senator Portman hosts interns in our Washington, DC and state offices year-round, providing an opportunity for Ohioans and students at Ohio colleges and universities to gain experience working for the people of Ohio in the US Senate.

Spring 2019 applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Social Justice Scholars Study Group

The Social Justice Institute invites first-years, sophomores and juniors to apply for the Social Justice Scholars study group. Accepted applicants will receive a $500 stipend for their full participation. Over the course of spring semester 2019, accepted applicants will gather with Social Justice Institute Co-Director John Flores to discuss four books and several short primers.

Deadline passed. Check back later for additional application opportunities!

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

This internship allows students interested in event planning and coordinating to delve into the museum environment and gain hands-on skills from a highly esteemed workplace.

Deadline passed. Check back later for updated application information!

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

The Internship Program is an essential component in our effort to bring hope and opportunity to the lives of refugees and immigrants. Interns are able to support and build capacity through hands-on learning opportunities and ongoing training on refugee resettlement issues. Intern opportunities vary by location and time of year but include opportunities in direct service, volunteer and donation coordination, employment training, and social media support.

Contact Karin Wishner at (216) 781-4560 ext. 5010 or for internship opportunities.

US Together

UST, an immigrant and refugee services organization, is currently seeking two interns. 

Interested students can apply here.

Victims of Communism

The VOC is seeking spring 2019 interns who possess a commitment to educating people about the history of communism and the dangers of collectivism. The internships are based in Washington, D.C.

Click here for the available Spring 2019 internships and how to apply.

Voices for Ohio’s Children Internship

Voices presents several opportunities for students to build skills in nonprofit administration, legislative advocacy, event planning, community development, and more. 

To apply, send your resume and a 1-2 page writing sample to


Please note that the Department of Political Science alerts our students to a range of opportunities, including internships, fellowships, and jobs.  We do not endorse or sponsor these, and leave it to the judgment of our students what is most useful and appropriate to them.

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