Political Science Internship Opportunities
"I'm Paul Connet (photo above) and I interned in Congress and the White House. Read my story."
Sample what the work world of political science has to offer before you commit yourself to a major…you may like it!
Apply what you have learned in your political science classes to the practice of politics and related career fields. Three hours of credit can be earned while learning the "ins" and "outs" of politics and government service in state, local or national government settings or not-for-profit organizations. Students spend the equivalent of 10-hours per week performing internship duties over the course of the semester or a total of 150 hours.
Intern applicants must be mature, self-disciplined, work well with others, as well as respect the work place, and demonstrate a commitment to the field.
- Six-hours of political science course work at JCCC or another college within the last two years;
- A minimum of a “3.0” on a “4.0” scale in your political science course work;
- A written recommendation from your political science classroom instructor;
- And permission of the Political Science Internship Mentor prior to undertaking their internship.
Students identify an appropriate position in a state, local or national government setting or not-for-profit organization of their choice. The JCCC Mentor guides that student through the application and interview process. Site sponsors then select interns from among the applicants.
Previously students have interned in the Overland Park City Manager's Office, for Johnson County City council members, for Kansas State Senators and House of Representatives' members, for Kansas U.S. Senators and member of the House of Representatives, for the International Relations Council of Kansas City, and for lobbying groups in Washington D. C.
Some units of government (the Kansas Legislature, Kansas Democrat and Republican Parties, U.S. Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran, Third District Representative Kevin Yoder) regularly advertise for interns and have application deadlines that must be met. Every year JCCC has interns in the Kansas State Legislature. The application deadline for the Kansas Legislature is November; it is not the January JCCC enrollment deadline!
For detailed information on internships, contact LeAnn Cunningham, JCCC internship coordinator or professor Bond Faulwell (Fall) or Tim Owens (Spring legislative), political science internship mentors.