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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:

  • Internships
    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.
  • 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. 
  • Research
    The University of Minnesota is known for its top researchers and faculty within the Department of Political Science are no exception. Finding a research opportunity will allow you to work one-on-one with a faculty of high caliber. Be sure to take the time to look at the "People" link above to get to know our faculty and their interests.