The Political Science Department offers a wide range of internships for students interested in politics and government from all majors. These internships can take place in capitals——Washington DC and Albany—internationally, locally or even potentially in your hometown.
Internships range from part-time, to full-time full semester opportunities. Full-time placements are professional-level placements in the legislative and executive branches of New York state government, federal executive agencies, Congress, interest groups or federal courts.
Internships may be undertaken during fall, spring, or summer for 1-15 credits. A coordinated academic component incorporates seminars, readings, journals, term papers, etc. Each intern is mentored and supervised throughout the internship by program coordinators or members of the Political Science Department.
Internships are great opportunities for students to expand knowledge of politics and government, career exploration, personal growth, self-confidence, computer skills, and writing skills. Alumni for over forty years have praised the programs highly.
Washington Internship Programs
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 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
Local internship placements are possible throughout the academic year, both in Oneonta and in your hometown. Each student works with the internship coordinator to develop a placement that works for them. As with all of our internships, there is an academic component in addition to a work placement in a professional setting. Students involved in a local internship can earn 1-6 semester hours of course credit during the spring and fall, and up to 9 credits in the summer.
Applying for Internship Credit
1) Completion of 56 s.h., including a minimum of 12 s.h. at Oneonta.
2) A cumulative GPA of at least 2.00; minimum major GPA of 2.00.
- Student provides a description of the proposed internship and site supervisor contact info to department internship coordinator, Prof. Wilkerson.
- Prof. Wilkerson and student contact site supervisor and establish work agreement regarding student duties and job evaluation.
- Student and professor complete campus internship application form
- Professor confirms student eligibility
- Student is responsible for signatures of site supervisor
Volume will vary with credit hours, at instructor’s discretion, but generally includes journal entries that respond to instructor-designed questions and a final paper reflecting on the internship experience and relating it to material from other courses.
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.