Political Science
Varner Hall, Room 418
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4401
(248) 370-2352
Internships And Careers
Career Resources
Careers in Political Science
Questions about internships?

Political Science/International Relations Internship 
Dr. Julie Walters, Internship Director 
425 Varner Hall 
(248) 370-2362 

Public Administration Internship 
Professor Diane Hartmus, Internship Director 
420 Varner Hall 
(248) 370-2375 

Internships and Careers

Yes! You can get a job with a political science or public administration degree!

Political science prepares individuals for active citizenship, careers in public affairs, and advanced study in the social sciences and law. Students of political science learn to be observers of political behavior in our own country and around the world. Training in systematic analysis and problem solving equip political science majors for many different types of government and private positions in fields/areas such as legislature, the courts, civil service, citizen groups, banking, business administration, urban planning, and education.

On this page you will find great examples of recent internship opportunities. For the most current internship openings, make sure to check our Facebook page where each opportunity is posted as soon as we receive it.
The Department of Political Science encourages students to experience an internship during their time as a student. Internships can be counted for credit toward your major (they are required for Public Administration and Public Policy majors), give you some experience in the field you may want to pursue after graduation, allow for you to “try it before you buy it” before going down a particular career path, and are great networking opportunities.

An internship will consist of meaningful work experience in the public administration field. This context of experiential learning is designed for professional development as course content is integrated into work experience. Students also significantly contribute to area organizations through an internship.

Each internship will be different, but they will all have one element in common: an opportunity for students to gain significant experience that will enhance their academic background and better prepare them to enter the profession of public administration.
You must complete 160 hours of work at your internship for the course. During your internship you will submit monthly reports, be evaluated by your internship site supervisor, and prepare a final paper.

Enrolling in the Internship Course

The student is responsible for identifying a suitable internship. An internship will provide significant experience with and exposure to the internal administrative and policy operations of an agency. It is important that an internship provides significant professional experience. Also, a significant portion of the final paper will consist of relating internship experiences to the discipline of public administration, incorporating the concepts learned in MPA courses.

Once an internship has been arranged, you must submit the following to Dr. Hartmus or Dr. Walters before enrolling in the internship course.
  • Internship Site Form - This form identifies the internship and provides contact information for your supervisor. Current copy of your resume
  • Internship Agreement Form
After receiving the Internship Site form and your resume, Dr. Hartmus or Dr. Walters will contact your supervisor directly and provide him or her with the Internship Agreement form. Your supervisor will define your responsibilities as an intern on the Internship Agreement form. You will then sign this form, indicating that you understand and accept the Agreement.

Sample Internship Sites

  • Charlie Harrison for Mayor campaign
  • Clinton-Gore campaign
  • Dave Honigman for Congress campaign
  • David Buckley for State Representative campaign
  • Kelly for Supreme Court campaign
  • Office of Congressman Bob Carr
  • Office of Congressman Dale Kildee
  • Office of Congressman David Bonior
  • Office of Congressman Sander Levin
  • Office of State Representative Charlie Harrison
  • Office of State Senate Ken DeBeaussaert
  • Office of U.S. Senator Carl Levin
  • Office of U.S. Senator Don Riegle, Jr.
  • Office of U.S. Senator Spencer Abraham
  • Peter Lund for State Representative campaign
  • Republican Party of Oakland County
State Government
  • Michigan Employment Security Commission
  • Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission
  • Office of the Governor – Appointments
Oakland County
  • 52nd District Court
  • Circuit Court
  • Community Mental Health
  • Economic Development
Law Enforcement
  • Arab-American & Chaldean Council
  • Auburn Hills Police Department
  • City of Detroit Police Department
  • OU Public Safety & Police
  • Troy Police Department
  • Clawson Community Coalition
  • Common Ground
  • Community Activities, Inc.
  • Countryside Free Methodist Church
  • Focus HOPE
  • Horizons-Upward Bound
  • Judson Center
  • Quality Community Housing Corp.
  • Trout Unlimited - Michigan
  • Women’s Survival Center
Health Care
  • Crittenton Hospital
  • Henry Ford Hospital
  • Mt. Clemens General Hospital (2)
  • UM Medical Centers
  • Macomb County Cooperative Extension
  • Associate Dean for Student Development

Any degree from the Political Science Department will prepare you for a wide range of career opportunities. A strong liberal arts degree like political science, international relations, or public administration and public policy opens many more doors than it closes because of the skill set that students develop.

Because of this, it can be overwhelming when considering all the of the options that exist for graduates in political science. To get a better understanding of the opportunities, career options, and doors that are opened with a degree in political science you can explore resources like:

Examples of careers and fields common in political science and related disciplines that can help identify strategies to market yourself for your ideal job.

OU's First Year Advising Center's information on exploring and investigating majors.

The American Political Science Association's careers link.

In addition, students should talk to their faculty adviser and connect with Career Services with other questions and for advice about career exploration. In addition, we have resources in the department office that can also be of help. Stop by and see us.