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Students posing for a picture with President Biden.Internships offer students an opportunity to explore and gain experience in issue areas or professions of interest. Typically, Political Science students begin experimenting with internships in their junior year, once they have mastered coursework that makes them valuable to preferred employers. Using the knowledge and skills gained through classes in the Political Science major, the Public Policy minor, or the Prelaw minor, students carry out applied work to reinforce concepts learned in class, judge if the career direction is in their best interest after graduation, and build professional networks.

Recent internship placement of Political Science students include:

Political Science students can find internship listings below and through the Career Center. The Washington Center offers a wide variety of internships with important public- and private-sector organizations.




Students must complete the department’s Internship Proposal Form and email their completed forms to Dr. Sarah Chartock, Department Chair and Internship Faculty Coordinator, to receive her approval via email. Students then upload the proposal form along with the email record of Dr. Chartock’s approval (a screenshot or word document) on the School of Humanities and Social Sciences Internship Proposal System for approval by the Dean’s Office.

As these are courses taken for academic credit, paperwork needs to be submitted prior to or during add/drop week at the beginning of the semester to the Dean’s Office.  Please see the deadlines below:

Spring 2024: Monday, January 29 by 4:30 p.m.


Unpaid Internship Scholarship for Public Service and Social Justice Internships

The Fund for Students in Unpaid Internships in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, established in 2019 with donations from 139 friends and members of the TCNJ community, provides a stipend of at least $750 for a 1 unit/4 credit HSS internship, for HSS students with financial need who undertake an unpaid mentored internship for academic credit at a site focused on public service and social justice. The eligible course numbers are 398, 399, 487 and 488. Click here for the application requirements and submission details.

We cannot fund retroactive applications.  You must apply by the deadlines listed below to be eligible:

Applications for Fall are due August 15.

Applications for Spring are due January 15.

Applications for Summer are due May 15 and June 15.


POL 399/Internship in Public Affairs

This course provides an opportunity for students to integrate theory with practical work experience in public affairs under the supervision of a field supervisor and a TCNJ faculty coordinator. Work settings include but are not limited to the Governor’s Office, legislative offices, state and local governmental agencies, lobbying firms, trade or union organizations, political campaigns and parties, and non-profit organizations. Working towards academic credit provides the best means of integrating in-class learning and internship employment, although some students may opt to complete an internship alone, without seeking academic credit.

The field supervisor is an important participant in the internship experience. At the end of the term, the field supervisor is expected to confirm the number of hours the student worked as an intern and complete an evaluation form assessing the student’s performance. The student will also complete an academic research project, under the supervision of the Faculty Coordinator, on a public policy and/or public administration topic related to the work of the internship.

Students gain academic credit for their internships by finding an appropriate position, enrolling in POL 399, and working with the Internship Faculty Coordinator (Dr. Sarah Chartock, to research and write a substantial paper on their issue area or job. Specific requirements for academic credit vary and are agreed to by the professor, student, and site supervisor at the beginning of the semester. Students enrolling in the course should have junior or senior status and a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5. Students should normally be enrolled in the political science major or minor, the public policy analysis and management minor, or the law, philosophy, and politics minor, although on occasion the instructor of the internship may allow other students to enroll.

Candidates should find a suitable position that will offer a meaningful opportunity and provide roughly 135 hours of work for the semester (per 1 unit course). The Department mostly approves internships worth a full unit (four credit-hours) yet it may make other arrangements under special circumstances. Students may count no more than 3 units of internship toward a TCNJ degree. Unless the student qualifies for an academic overload, the full unit of POL 399 must be part of the 4.5 unit maximum enrollment load for the semester. If overload approval is needed, please wait to apply for your internship until you have completed the Overload Interest Form and received an email from Dr. Grimm approving your overload.  Here is the link to the Overload Interest Form.

The following procedures maximize student enrichment from an internship taken for academic credit.

  1. The Internship Proposal Form should be completed by the student and supervisor of the internship site before the student meets with the POL 399 Internship Coordinator. Students do not need to complete the Records & Registration Internship Enrollment form. Please enter a start date on your paperwork that is at least 1 week after you submit into the HSS proposal portal. YOUR INTERNSHIP HOURS CANNOT START UNTIL YOU RECEIVE APPROVAL FROM THE DEAN’S OFFICE.
  2. The student meets with Dr. Sarah Chartock, Department Chair and Internship Faculty Coordinator ( to discuss their proposal and obtain her signature on the proposal form before the Add/Drop deadline of the semester. (You will be uploading email evidence of approval by the Internship Faculty Coordinator instead of obtaining their signature. Please submit a screenshot or word document.)
  3. Student uploads the documents on the School of Humanities and Social Sciences Internship Proposal System for approval by the Dean’s Office. You will receive an email from the Dean’s Office when your paperwork is submitted to Records & Registration.

Faculty Internship Coordinator: Professor Sarah Chartock,



Available Internships

Internship Title Description Contact Deadline
Virtua Health Internship in Government Relations and Health Policy Virtua Health’s Office of Government Relations is proud to announce its government relations and health policy internship program for students enrolled in a full-time accredited public or private college or university pursuing degrees in political science, government administration, public policy, public health, health care administration, public affairs, or related program. This is a hybrid summer internship program. More information here. For more information, please contact Casey Haddox at (856) 355-0163 or by email at Until filled.
JOB Triple C Housing Community Support Specialist Triple C Housing is a non-profit mental health organization based out of Middlesex County with a prime focus on providing community support services for those struggling with chronic mental health issues and homelessness. The Community Support Specialist (CSS) is responsible for providing supportive services in the community and provide in-home support and skill development to improve individuals’ overall wellness. The CSS promotes psychiatric rehabilitation principles and assists individuals with maintaining housing stability, actively engage community integration, self-advocacy, financial literacy and self-sufficiency. Works closely with treatment team to ensure continuity of care and working toward achievement of recovery and goal plans. Details and apply here or on handshake. Apply here or on Handshake. Until filled
PAID New Jersey Future Summer Internship New Jersey Future promotes sensible and equitable planning, redevelopment, and infrastructure investments that foster vibrant cities and towns, protect natural lands and waterways, enhance transportation choices, support a strong economy, and provide access to safe, affordable and aging-friendly neighborhoods for everyone. New Jersey Future’s Mainstreaming Green Infrastructure (MGI) and Funding Navigator programs seek a current undergraduate or graduate student or recent graduate to research funding opportunities for stormwater infrastructure, including green infrastructure and complete and green streets. More information here. Interested and qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and a resume to by May 3, 2024. Please write “Green Infrastructure and Funding Research Intern Application” in the subject line. If selected to advance, relevant references and a brief writing sample with original content (not edited or contributed to by someone other than the applicant) may be required. Relevant references will also be required. NJF is currently unable to sponsor or take over the sponsorship of an employment visa at this time. If hired, employment eligibility verification will be carried out upon selection. May 3, 2024
NJ League of Conservation Voters Internships NJ League of Conservation Voters - Communications & Digital Intern

NJ League of Conservation Voters - Events & HR Operational Support Intern

NJ League of Conservation Voters - Policy & Organizing Intern

NJ League of Conservation Voters - Politics & Elections Intern

Interested candidates should send their resume, cover letter, and three references (character, academic, or professional) to Rolling
TurnUp Civic and Activism Remote Internship TurnUp Activism is a progressive non-profit organization dedicated to making the world more just, fair, and equitable for all by increasing youth activism and civic engagement to strengthen our democracy. Interns work in remote teams of mission-driven young people from all around the country to help amplify youth civic engagement and participate in activism on many progressive/social justice issues including climate change, racial justice, reproductive rights, ending gun violence, and combating voter suppression. Click here for more information and to apply. Rolling.
Covenant House Action & Research Tank PAID summer internships The Covenant House Action & Research Tank (CHART) at Covenant House New Jersey, an agency that serves youth experiencing homelessness and survivors of human trafficking, is offering 2 paid summer 2024 internships. The links to apply and additional information are below.

The links to apply and additional information are below.
Until filled
Mercer County Board of Elections PAID Primary and General Election workers Mercer County Board workers are needed for this year's primary and general elections. You are eligible to serve If you are registered to vote in Mercer County; If you are able to read and write legibly; and if you can lift at least 50 lbs. (the weight of opening a voting machine) without difficulty. Full day shift is $300 and half day shift is $150. Visit for more information and to apply. Until filled.
New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (DCR) Summer internships The NJ DCR has openings for DCR 2024 Summer Intern, Policy Unit and DCR 2024 Summer Intern, Affirmative Enforcement Unit. Visit this page for details: As noted in the job announcement.
Summer 2024 Government Affairs Internship Opportunity with New Jersey Business & Industry Association NJBIA is seeking interns to join our Government Affairs team, who have strong research and writing skills, a basic understanding of governmental processes, and an interest in New Jersey politics. Selected interns are financially compensated for their hours worked: undergraduate students receive $16.00/hour and graduate students receive $19.00/hour. The association also works with interns to secure academic credit, if applicable. Full details here. Please apply for the internship program at by Thursday, April 25. A cover letter, resume, writing sample, and two recommendation letters are required. Students should indicate the research methods and/or economics courses taken in their cover letter. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
NJBIA Contact: Kyle Sullender, Director of Economic Policy Research –
April 25, 2024
JOB: River Crossing Strategy Group River Crossing Strategy Group is growing! We are looking to bring on a new team member to assist our awesome account leaders with legislative and media tracking, policy research, memo writing, event support, and some administrative support as needed. An ideal candidate will have 1-2 years of experience in a legislative or government office and a bachelor’s degree. An ideal candidate brings passion for client service, commitment to excellence, acts with urgency, high degree of attention to detail and proactive follow up. We work at a fast pace, and person would support all staff members across a variety of issues and projects. Our office is in Woodbridge and Trenton and individual would work in both offices. Send resumes to Will Roddy at Until filled.
JOB: The Office of the NJ Governor, Office of Constituent Relations Aide The Office of the Governor, Office of Constituent Relations (OCR) seeks a detail-oriented and highly motivated candidate to manage constituent cases by responding to requests and resolving issues for residents of the State of New Jersey. As an Aide in OCR, you will work directly with constituents, connecting them to services offered by state government offices, agencies and organizations. You will manage constituent cases and communicate by telephone, written correspondence and in-person meetings. Our office also drafts commendation letters and proclamations under the Governor’s signature. Duties will require you to research, analyze and monitor trending legislative and state activity. Desirable qualities would include tact, confidentiality, cooperation and the ability to work well with diverse groups under stressful conditions. Interaction with courtesy and the ability to maintain a professional behavior is mandatory. Interested candidate should send their resumes to OCR Director Vinnie Funelas at Until filled.
Isles, Inc. Internships Founded in 1981, Isles, Inc. is a community development and environmental organization based in Trenton, New Jersey. With a mission to foster self-reliant families and healthy, sustainable communities, Isles develops cost effective, powerful ways to strengthen people and places in challenging urban settings. Internships are available during the summer and academic year in all areas of Isles' Work including: General Administration, Communications, Community Planning and Development, Research, Policy and Strategic Partnerships, Project Management, and Community Engagement. Click here for the full details. To apply please visit the Isles internship website. Contact Tyquan Benton, Talent Coordinator.
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Until filled.
JOB: Senator Linda R. Greenstein 14th Legislative District Legislative Aide The 14th Legislative District Office of Senator Linda R. Greenstein seeks a Legislative Aide to assist in the continued success of the office. The Legislative Aide will be responsible for: conducting legislative and policy research; directing email, social media, and other outreach communications; preparing the Senator for speaking engagements and meetings; managing a team of interns; and handling other administrative duties as needed. The Legislative Aide will report directly to the Chief of Staff and will often work closely with the Senator. For more information and job requirements, click here. Qualified candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and three references with the subject line: “Legislative Aide Application” to Jessica Murray at Until filled.
Princeton Public Affairs Group's (PPAG) Spring and Summer Internships Princeton Public Affairs Group offers a dynamic internship program in the Fall, Spring and Summer. Many higher education institutions offer students internship credits for the Fall and Spring semesters. PPAG will work with your class schedule in order to provide a valuable experience for both you and the firm. As an intern your responsibilities will be, but will not be limited to: attending state legislative committee meetings and voting sessions, assist in coalition building, conduct research projects, write articles for newsletters, and become involved in various ongoing projects. If interested please email your cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to Tre Scott at and place “Intern” in the subject line of your email. Until filled.
New Jersey League of Conservation Voters Paid Internships The NJ League of Conservation Voters is offering three paid internships: Communications/Digital, Policy/Outreach, and Events/Fundraising/Operations. The term of the position is January - June 2024 (26 weeks) with the possibility for extension and 15 hours per week, part-time, $15/hour. Click here for the details and to apply. See link for application details. Interested candidates need to provide their resume, cover letter, and three references. Rolling basis until filled.
Law Office Of Kelly Anderson Smith Internship We are seeking an Intern for our Criminal Law Office located at 1670 Whitehorse- Hamilton Square Road, Suite 10 Lower, Hamilton, New Jersey. The individual should have knowledge of the basic operations of an office, preferably law, and must be able to work independently. Computer skill sets are required. We are willing to coordinate with an Intern around school hours and our office operational needs. Courtroom appearances/observations under guidance of attorney will be available for motivated individuals. Interns will be afforded the opportunity to network and create critical contacts with Judges, Prosecutors and the Defense Bar from all over the State. Our Law Office offers a great experience to learn skills and knowledge regarding Criminal Law. You will gain experience on how to prepare and organize a file for trial, research case law for Appeals, and interact with clients from intake to testimony prep. If interested, please send your cover letter and Resume to or you may fax to 609-249-4902. Until filled.
New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Internships The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to participate in an unpaid internship during their Fall or Spring semesters or during their Summer break. If accepted into the program, students will be assigned to one of the Division's Boards, supporting Units or Offices. This is a great opportunity for students to work with professionals in the field of Public Administration. Although this is an UNPAID internship program, it will still teach you a great deal and will be a great experience for any student who hopes to one day work in Public Administration. This particular division has many boards that can trigger any student's interests. This internship can earn you credit for school and will look great on your resume.

Click here for details and application information. Fall Session (September to December): Application Deadline: July 11
Fund for Public Interest Summer Campaign Job Opportunities Want to spend your summer building skills that will help you launch your career, while working on urgent issues you care about like protecting the environment and our public health, and making good money? The Fund for the Public Interest is seeking hard-working individuals with a passion for social change to fill citizen outreach and Field Manager positions across the country this summer. With offices in selected cities across the country this summer, we are hiring full-time staff, with leadership opportunities available, to work on issues like stopping plastic pollution and getting pesticides out of our food supply. To apply online, visit: or call directly at (737) 301-1861. They are also hiring for career positions for college graduates. To apply online, visit Until filled.
Paid Fellowship Opportunity: Political Leadership in Young Women
The Dr. Anne Moses IGNITE Fellowship Program is a premier, paid fellowship program for passionate young leaders who want to jump-start their public service careers. Every year, IGNITE recruits diverse and passionate leaders in communities across America and provides them with the resources, training, and networks to flex their political power and mobilize women on college campuses to become civically and politically engaged. Click for details and application. Click here for job description, FAQs and application. Deadlines vary by site.
Hoboken Strategy Group paid Internship The Hoboken Strategy Group is looking for a highly motivated, self starter interested in joining their team and supporting their work on behalf of a dynamic client base across various industries. Applicants with a background or interest in legislative research, policy, writing, public relations, communications, advocacy, and social and digital are invited to apply. Send resume and cover letter to Until filled.
NJ Senator Linda Greenstein Internship The Legislative Office of NJ State Senator Linda Greenstein has various internship opportunities in her office. For more information and to apply, send your resume to Chief of Staff Jessica Murray at Rolling basis.
NJ Assemblyman Roy Freiman Internship NJ LD 16 Assemblyman Roy Freiman seeks interns for his office in Hillsborough. Our ideal candidate is an organized and committed student or recent graduate who is eager to join a fast-paced environment and build upon their knowledge of the legislative process. Candidates should be professional, quick learners, and phenomenal team players.
CORE RESPONSIBILITIES: ● Assisting staff with legislative research projects ● Writing constituent correspondence ● Interacting with visitors ● Handling phones ● Sorting and processing mail
QUALIFICATIONS: ● Excellent verbal and written communication skills ● Track record of responsibility ● Exemplifies great customer service
This internship is unpaid but academic credit will be considered based on school. Ties to LD 16 are preferred, but not necessary. Assemblyman Freiman currently serves on the Financial Institutions & Insurance Committee, Commerce & Economic Development Committee, and is the Chairman of the Agriculture & Food Security Committee. We are very open to interns working in the areas that interest them most and taking on increasing responsibility as the term progresses.
Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Sarah Seaboldt at Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis. Rolling basis.
Stateside Affairs Public Relations & Digital Marketing Intern Stateside Affairs is seeking qualified candidates for an internship opportunity as public relations & digital marketers. Part and full time positions with a minimum commitment of 20 hours/week in Monmouth County, NJ. Applicants will have the opportunity to learn directly from industry experts while earning college credit. The intern will work directly with the diverse Stateside Affairs team across a wide variety of nonprofit and private sector clients. This position is currently unpaid but available for school credit. A small stipend may become available depending on travel and future funding decisions. We request a minimum commitment of 20 hours a week but scheduling is flexible and some work can be done remotely. What We’re Looking For: Creativity, accountability, and attention to detail. Familiarity with social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, and TikTok. Writing experience, especially across different mediums.Specific Responsibilities: Assist in creating and executing strategic plans for all social media channels. Writing content and creating graphics for all social media channels. Assist in writing, editing and distributing media advisories, press releases, and other articles for clients and Stateside Affairs. Manage and monitor client websites up-to-date
Create media lists. Design flyers, evites, and other marketing collateral. Assist in planning, writing copy, and scheduling email marketing campaigns while also helping develop new email marketing strategies. Assist in the production of virtual events. Collaborate with staff on new ideas, directions, and venues for marketing and communications. Assist with photography and video editing.
Send us an email explaining your background, experience and why you are interested in our internship position. Send a resume to along with your cover letter and writing samples. For more information about Stateside Affairs, visit Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Rolling basis.
New Jersey Board of Public Utilities PAID Internships The intern experience typically runs from the following dates: Spring: January to May; Summer: June to August; Fall: September to December; for 10-20 hours a week on average, depending on the semester. The internships are designed to provide highly motivated students or recent graduates practical training, work experience, and professional development opportunities that are best suited for those interested in careers in administration, law, regulatory efforts, state and federal policy, and government. Positions are paid and available in the following divisions: Office of Information Technology; Office of Cable Television & Telecommunications; Division of Clean Energy; Division of Reliability and Security; Division of Administration; Division of Energy and Water; Chief of Staff’s Office; Office of Communications; and the Office of State Energy Services.

To qualify, interns must be a New Jersey resident or enrolled in a New Jersey college or university with at least two years of college-level education, be a recent graduate, or a graduate student. Information can be found on the postings attached or on the BPU website: Applications are due one month before the start of the internship cycle, so if you are applying for a Summer role, your application is due no later than May 1 of the given year. Please include all relevant documentation listed in the “To Apply” section of the respective internship posting.
Our Revolution Trenton Mercer Campaign & General Internships Our Revolution Trenton Mercer, is seeking bright, energetic individuals to work for our local progressive campaigns. These will most often be ORTM-endorsed candidates, usually Democratic- in some cases, they may be independent or nonpartisan. Internships are unpaid, as we are a fully volunteer organization. More information on the Campaign Internship here. More information on the General Internship here. Any interested candidate should send a resume and letter of interest to ORTM Chair, Joe Marchica at Email subject should include "ORTM Campaign Internship". Rolling basis.
NJPIRG internships and paid jobs NJPIRG is a statewide student-run org started 50 years ago in 1972 to make social change. We work on issues like fighting climate change, protecting public health, fighting hunger, and promoting democracy. To turn out the votes, we are hiring part time jobs to work the polls and encourage their peers to cast their votes, and we’re also hiring students for full time paid leadership positions on campus. Click this link to learn more. Rolling basis
The Fund for the Public Interest paid Canvasser and Field Manager positions The Fund for the Public Interest is a national non-profit organization that runs campaigns for America's leading environmental and social change organizations like Environment America and US PIRG. This summer we will be working with Environment New Jersey to protect the Ocean. Responsibilities: Help the directors launch the campaign and build a team of staff; Build membership and raise money for environmental and social change groups; Educate and engage citizens on pressing issues;-Recruit, train, and manage a team of staff in the office and in the field; Meet with directors each week to evaluate progress and provide input on hiring decisions, goals, and priorities. Apply HERE! To apply online or learn more, visit: Until filled
Internship with Environment New Jersey Intern with Environment New Jersey! We’re looking for students who care deeply about the environment and are ready to make a difference now. As an intern you’ll learn how to analyze environmental problems, push for smart solutions, and build the public support it takes to win. You’ll work side-by-side with one of our advocates, learning the ropes. And you'll attend briefings and trainings to learn even more about environmental issues and gain organizing skills. Apply today here: or email Hayley Berliner, Clean Energy Advocate with Environment New Jersey at with any questions. Until filled
Middlesex County Democratic Organization internships Interns will have a hands-on, front row view of the democratic process, being able to aid in organizing party conventions, meetings, and local elections. As an intern, you will get the opportunity to work on and with political campaigns, organize volunteers, and interface with the public. We at MCDO strive to cultivate a real-world job experience for interns and continuously aid our current and former interns in resume building, interview prep, and professional advancement based on career goals. The office is located at 266 Fernwood Ave in Edison, NJ. Click here to apply. For more information contact Jennifer Johnson, Operations Director, at Until filled
New Jersey Republican State Committee Internship The NJGOP is looking for dedicated and responsible interns with an interest in politics and campaigns to join our intern team. As an intern with the NJGOP you will: Explore every aspect of campaigning including communications, data analysis, political operations and fundraising; Assist staff with building and organizing major events and fundraisers around the state; Work with staff on comprehensive research projects; Gain a first-hand experience in New Jersey politics. Applicants must be 18 years old and registered to vote, possess a comprehensive knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Google Suite, have strong organizational and interpersonal skills, demonstrate good judgement and attention to detail, and have the ability to work independently and with a team.

Hours are flexible but require 15 hours each week. All internships are unpaid but can offer college credit upon request. Our internship program provides the opportunity to build political relationships across the state and the ability to grow as a political operative in a fun and exciting environment! To apply for an internship with NJGOP and join our intern team, please submit your resume and a brief writing sample to Until filled
Brian Stack Memorial Internship Paid internships offered through the Governor's Office of Constituent Relations. Applicants complete an application form and submit a resume and writing sample. You can apply even if you have applied in earlier semesters and were not selected. Brian Stack Application form and apply here. Contact Dr. Bowen with questions. Three rounds of applications in the fall, spring and summer.
FleishmannHillard Internships FleishmanHillard is a global communications firm that specializes in public relations, public affairs, marketing communication, social media, and creative content. Their Graduate Development Program is a step above their internship program and is designed to help launch post-college professional careers. Occasionally, qualified undergraduates will be accepted in the the program, normally for summer internships. If interested, please visit their website for more information. Rolling Basis
Summer Session: June-August
Fall Session: September-January
Spring Session: February-May
Helsinki Commission Internship The Helsinki Commission advances national security and national interests by promoting human rights, military security, and economic cooperation between 57 countries. Interns will assist staff with various administrative duties and attend and report on Congressional hearings. More information at Send a cover letter ans resume to: Rolling basis (positions may be impacted by Covid-19)
MBI-Gluckshaw (MBI) Internship MBI-Gluckshaw (MBI), one of NJ's largest government relations firms, offers a robust internship program during the Fall and Spring semesters. Intern responsibilities may include but are not limited to: Attending legislative committee hearings and voting sessions; conducting legislative research and monitoring; participating in meetings with clients and/or legislators; preparing policy memos, reports, legislative testimonies, and/or presentations; researching potential new clients and issues; and working on client issues as needed. Interns need to work a minimum or 15 hours a week, with flexibility for remote work. More information about MBI available here. Please email your resume, cover letter, a writing sample, and a schedule to Kayvon Paul at Rolling basis