Real-World Experience

Political science majors have many opportunities to gain real-world experience that will prepare them for a professional career or advanced study in a graduate or professional program upon graduation. The department offers academic credit for a variety of political science-related opportunities, including:


There are multiple internship opportunities made available to students. Internships provide students with work or academic experience that will serve them well in the future. Check out our Internship Success Stories!

Center for Community Engaged Learning

The Center for Community Engaged Learning works with partners to provide opportunities for students to engage in off-campus experiential learning through community work and place-based educational programs. Whether academically based or co-curricular, these experiences complement classroom learning, foster personal, professional and civic development, and allow students to work with other to enhance the well-being of our communities. 


HECUA (Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs) offers off-campus study programs focused on social justice. For a semester or a summer term, concentrate on the environment, the arts, digital media, economic and social justice, civil rights, or food justice.

National Student Exchange

National Student Exchange lets you explore a new place by studying away for a semester or an academic year at one of NSE's 200 member institutions throughout the United States, Canada, and US territories including Puerto Rico, Guam, and the US Virgin Islands.


The University of Minnesota is known for its top researchers, and faculty within the Department of Political Science are no exception. Research opportunities allow you to work one-on-one with a faculty of high caliber. Be sure to take the time to get to know our faculty and their interests.