Internships

Washington Internship Programs

SUNY Brockport's Washington Semester Program

Albany Internship Programs

New York State Senate Assistants Program (spring only)

New York State Assembly Session Intern Program (spring only)

Prospective interns must be approved by the department first and then apply to the programs through the department. These programs do not accept applications directly from students.

International Internships

International internships are available through the American Internship Council, Connect-123, and SUNY-wide study abroad programs. Please see the Career Development Center's International Internships page for more information and for key dates and deadlines. To receive departmental credit for these internships, you must work with the Political Science department's internship coordinator. 

Local and Regional Internships

A limited number of local internship placements are possible throughout the academic year. These internships consist of a strong academic component in addition to a fixed number of hours in the placement setting. Students involved in a local internship can earn 1-3 semester hours of course credit.

Government Internships

Students in all academic majors at the college may participate in a variety of public service internships. Interns are assigned to supervised, full-time, full-semester, professional-level placements in the legislative and executive branches of New York state government, federal executive agencies, Congress, interest groups or federal courts. A coordinated academic component incorporates seminars, readings, journals, term papers, etc. Each intern is individually mentored and supervised throughout the internship by members of the Political Science Department. Students benefit greatly from internships in terms of knowledge of politics and government, career exploration, personal growth, self-confidence, computer skills, and writing skills. Alumni of these programs praise them highly.

For more information

The director of the department's internship program is Dr. Bill Wilkerson, Schumacher 14J. Please contact him at 607-436-3272 for more information.

 

Funding Your Internship
Thanks to the generous support of the Jay Jacobs '77 Fund for Experiential Education and the James '75 and Mary Susan Ajello Internship Fund, the Political Science Department can offer a limited number of scholarships for internships.

Please contact Dr. Bill Wilkerson, the department's internship coordinator, or Dr. Brett Heindl, the department chair, for more information on these opportunities. 

The Career Development Center also offers a number of college-wide scholarships for internships, including the Helen & Michael Casper Fellowship for Internship Support and the Dewar Foundation Fund for Internship Support. For more information, please see the links below.