Information for Students


To intern during the academic year, students should be available to work on two different days of the week for a total of at least 6 hours per week, during normal business hours. However, it is recommended students work 8 hours per week. Most internship sites can be  reached via the Transpo bus, but a few of them require a car due to the distance from campus. It is essential to factor in commute times when reviewing your availability schedule.


Apply only to one internship and only if you intend to accept it if offered. Students who accept an offer and then renege will not be allowed to apply for a different internship in the same semester and will not be eligible for summer internship funding. Accepting an internship in this program and not registering for credit but instead proceeding as a volunteer will be considered dishonest and a violation of the standards of conduct as stated in du Lac.

To apply for an internship you will need the application, your resumé, and a brief statement of interest. The application process can take 2-3 weeks, so it is best to begin as early as possible.

All internships during the academic year are unpaid and worth 1 elective credit. Internship credits do not count for the Political Science major.  The College of Arts & Letters allows 1 internship credit to count towards graduation.

How to register

An override will be entered to allow you to register into POLS 35901 when you submit your application materials. You can register into the course before you interview with the prospective internship sponsor.

Feel free to contact Carolina Arroyo at or drop in during her office hours to discuss the internship that interests you.



Students have interned at various locations in the U.S. and the world.  Although the Department does not place students in summer internships, we do offer assistance with finding an internship and funding.  


Searching for an internship normally takes several weeks, so you should begin to apply early.  If you want to pursue an internship with organizations such as the State Department, the FBI and the like, those deadlines can be as early as October 1.

An excellent resource for finding an internship is the Career Center website. The department also sends information about internships via e-mail to all POLS majors.

If you are unsure where to apply, think about your interests and your learning goals. What do you want to learn at an internship? Where do you want to spend the summer?


Summer internships are worth 1 elective credit, and do not count for the Political Science major.

To qualify for academic credit, an internship must be at least 6 weeks in duration, provide a minimum of 120 hours and be pre-approved. Credit will not be given retroactively. To apply contact Carolina Arroyo at Students are not required to pay tuition for this summer course!


If you need funding for living expenses during your summer internship, the department offers the Downes Grant for current sophomore or junior Political Science majors whose internship is in public service. Watch your e-mail for details! The application deadline is May 1.

The B.A. Rudolph Foundation champions the educational and professional development of women for whom a small amount of support could make a significant difference. Specifically, the Foundation provides financial and professional support to women with summer internships in public service (graduate and undergraduate in the Washington, DC area) and STEM internships/ fellowships/ assistantships (undergraduate, nationwide). The goal of the stipends is to cover living expenses, making it feasible for students to accept unpaid internships. In addition to financial support, the Foundation provides each scholar with 1-2 mentors in her field of interest, professional development workshops, and networking opportunities.

The scholarship applications are due by:

  • March 28 for graduate public service applicants
  • April 4 for STEM applicants
  • April 11 for undergraduate public service applicants

The B.A. Rudolph Foundation is committed to the principles of diversity and equity. In that spirit, they are particularly dedicated to reaching applicants from a broad spectrum of qualified people. Applicants with diverse backgrounds, experiences, ability and perspectives are encouraged to apply.

More funding is available from the Career Center the Kellogg Institute and the Nanovic Institute. Students are encouraged to apply to several sources.


Undergraduate Career Services

Educational Housing Services

The Buckingham, Chicago

George Washington University

Thompson-Markwood Hall


Application deadlines for organizations such as the FBICIAU.S. Department of State and Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, can be as early as October 1.  Apply early in the Fall semester!