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The Department of Political Science's Internship Program is the largest in the College of Liberal Arts. Students who participate in a political internship may earn political science credits toward their major. Although credit is not given for the internship itself, students receive credit for their internships by taking POL 3080 Internship in Politcs or Government. For this course, students complete weekly reading assignments, journal entries, and conduct informational interviews. Essays and research papers may also be required. For further information, contact Internship Director Paul Soper

For Students

Examine the most recent opportunities compiled by our department from politcal parties, campaigns, non-profits, non-governmental organizations, and government entities.

Read about all of the successful internship stories we have compiled! Wondering how to get started on finding an internship? Use the new Internship Module. Or watch a short video to get you started.

Check out all of the searchable data the College of Liberal Arts has collected about recent CLA Internships.

Here is a short list of some of the places our students have interned:

  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Attorney General's Office
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • City of Minneapolis
  • City of St. Paul
  • District Attorney’s Office
  • District Congressional Offices
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Governor’s Office
  • Human Rights Organizations
  • International Institute of Minnesota
  • Law Firms
  • Lobbying Firms
  • Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
  • Minnesota International Center
  • Minnesota State Legislature
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Political Campaigns
  • Secret Service
  • State Department
  • Washington, D.C. Congressional Offices
  • White House

In addition to the list above, students intern for a wide array of advocacy groups at the local, state, national, and international levels.

For Organizations

We strongly believe in offering equal opportunities to our students. When sending opportunities to our students we are clear in acknowledging that we do not endorse any particular governmental agency, political party, non-profit, or business. We are simply a conduit to convey opportunities to students. We expect them to investigate opportunities and entities thoroughly before applying.

If you are a potential employer, please fill out our Opportunity Form so we can share your internship or career opportunities with our students. We require that all participating organizations abide by the University of Minnesota's Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action statement (, as well as the Principles for Professional Practice as set forth by the National Association of Colleges and Employers ( These include compliance with Equal Employment Opportunity standards, as well as compliance with all federal and state employment regulations. The Department of Political Science reserves the right to refuse service without notification to any employer for any behavior, conduct, or content, which at the discretion of department staff, warrants denial of service.