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 Pre-Law 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:
- The New Jersey Governor’s Office
- Assembly/Senate Majority and Minority Offices
- Legislative District Offices
- The Brian Stack Internship in the New Jersey Governor’s Office
- The Mid-Jersey Chamber of Commerce
- State Public Defenders Office
- Numerous legal offices
- Bloomberg LLC
- River Crossing Strategy Group
- Princeton Public Affairs Group
- Bank of America
- US Department of Justice (Washington Center)
- Fox News (Washington Center)
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.
NEW PROCEDURES FOR SUMMER AND FALL 2020 INDEPENDENT COURSES
The School of Humanities and Social Sciences adjusted the process for independent courses (research, study, and internships) for summer and fall 2020 in light of the coronavirus campus closure.
Students do not need to get signatures from the Internship Coordinator (Dr. Miriam Lowi) or Department Chair (Dr. Dan Bowen) on their forms. Instead students should email their completed forms (see below for the forms) to Dr. Lowi and Dr. Bowen to receive their approval via email. Students then upload the forms along with the email record of both approvals into the HSS application system (https://hss.tcnj.edu/resources/current-students/forms/).
Paperwork needs to be submitted prior to or during add/drop week at the beginning of the semester, for Fall 2020 by Tuesday, September 1 by 4:30 pm.
Students gain academic credit for their internships by finding an appropriate position, enrolling in POL 399, and working with their Faculty Coordinator 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. 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.
Students enrolling in the course should have junior or senior status and a cumulative G.P.A. 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. 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.
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. 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.
The following procedures maximize student enrichment from an internship taken for academic credit and should be followed strictly.
- The Internship Enrollment Form and the Internship Proposal Form (both also available outside the Political Science office) should be completed by the student and supervisor of the internship site before the student meets with the POL 399 Faculty Coordinator.
- The student meets with Faculty Coordinator to discuss their proposal and obtains signatures on both forms before the Add/Drop deadline of the semester.
- The student meets with the Chair of the Department of Political Science, Professor Daniel Bowen (firstname.lastname@example.org), to obtain a signature on forms.
- The student uploads documents on the School of Humanities and Social Sciences form for HHS Internships for approval by Dean Wong.
2020 Faculty Coordinator: Professor Miriam Lowi, 609-771-2746, email@example.com, SSB 221
|Kean for Congress Internship||The Kean for Congress campaign is seeking dedicated and responsible interns to join our team. Internships
are unpaid, volunteer positions intended to provide students with true on-the-job experience. The
internship experience is designed to give students substantial exposure to practical, campaign-style politics
on a local and state level. The Kean for Congress campaign is looking for interns who are self-motivated and pay close attention to
detail. Interns should be able to work independently as well as part of a team. Other qualifications include:
• A comprehensive knowledge of Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel
• Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
• A strong interest in Republican politics and campaigns
|To be considered for an internship, please send resume to
J.J. Cahill – firstname.lastname@example.org or call
(908) 617-1216 for more information. Click here for flyer.
|Amy Kennedy for Congress Summer Internship||Amy Kennedy is a Democrat looking to represent South Jersey (NJ CD #2) in Washington D.C. and is looking for bright, motivated, and eager interns for this election year. They are offering unpaid internships during the summer of 2020. Gain experience in communications, organizing, digital media, and research.||Contact email@example.com.||Until filled.|
|Hamm for Senate Internship||Larry Hamm is a Progressive Democrat running for U.S Senate. All internships will be completed remotely. This is an unpaid position. Interns will need to complete 5-10 hours per week. Hours are flexible. Internships will run from May to July. There will be opportunities to take on leadership roles in various aspects of the campaign such as field operations, community outreach, communications, policy and fundraising. Click here for full description.||All interested applicants should complete this 2-minute application.Position descriptions can be viewed here. If you have any questions, send an email to
|Andrew Cuomo Fundraising Intern||The Cuomo Campaign is looking for hard-working, motivated candidates in the New York City area to work directly with their staff; volunteers can expect to gain unique insight into New York’s political processes while learning the basics of political fundraising. Please note, this is not a typical volunteer position for a political campaign. Accepted candidates should expect significant responsibility.
Interested candidates should expect to come into our office 15-20 hours a week along with the occasional morning, evening, or weekend event as needed. Prior campaign experience, while not necessary, is a plus. Below are the main responsibilities for volunteers on the fundraising team.
* Conducting donor research.
* Prepping for campaign events.
* Preparing briefings for senior staff.
* Assisting in vetting and compliance.
* Researching venues and conducting venue outreach.
* Outreach for events.
* Conducting follow up from fundraisers.
* Helping in various administrative and staffing needs for the campaign.
* Other responsibilities as needed.
|To apply, please submit a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants from all educational backgrounds are welcome. Please email email@example.com or call (212) 257-6405 if you have any questions.||Until filled|
|Citizens' Climate Lobby Internship||Interns work behind the scenes with our staff for our conferences, outreach, engagement, and advocacy. In addition internships with the national organization, students can also intern with local chapters.||Click here for more information and to apply.||Until filled|
|Grassroots Organizing Internship for Kate Gibbs for Congress||This is a truly unique opportunity as interns will gain first-hand experience working closely with staff and learning different skills needed to run a winning congressional campaign. Contact information is listed in the Internship Flyer Kate for Congress for any interested student.||Deputy Campaign Manager, Noriko Kowalewski at firstname.lastname@example.org.||Until filled. Posted February 26, 2019.|
|PAID Associated Press Vote Entry Operator||Looking for an opportunity to take part in the election process; see how votes get from the booths to polling precincts to newspapers, mobile apps & television networks in real-time? Be a part of the 2020 Super Tuesday part-time election team for the Associated Press.
You'll interact with reporters at onsite polling locations and clerks’ offices, work with a team to monitor and report anomalies within a pre-assigned county/state, & enter information accurately and efficiently in our election software.
Paid Mandatory Training ($12/hr) on Feb. 27, 6:15 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. OR Feb. 28, 6:15 p.m.- 8:30 p.m in Cranbury NJ and you must be free on Election Day, March 3, 5:30 p.m.-1:00 a.m. (approx.)
|Email Martha Manger for more info at email@example.com.||Until filled - 30 spots available.|
|NJ Republican State Committee Internship||The NJGOP is looking for dedicated and responsible interns with an interest in politics and campaigns. As an intern with the NJGOP, you will:
● Assist staff with building and organizing major events and fundraisers around the state
● Explore the many parts of campaigning including Communications, Data Analysis, Political Operations, and Fundraising
● Work with staff on exclusive research projects
● Gain first-hand experience in New Jersey politics and campaign organization
Hours are flexible but require two to three days each week. 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!
|Please contact Pierce@njgop.org for questions regarding the internship program. Click here to apply.||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 fillable and apply here. Contact Dr. Bowen with questions.||May 1, 2020 [summer]|
|PAID East Trenton Collaborative Communications Fellow||Do you have a passion to see communities and neighborhoods flourish? Do you enjoy building relationships through media? Are you seeking opportunities to use your communications skills to connect people and organizations around important social issues? Do you enjoy working in an urban environment with diverse people? Are you bilingual in English and Spanish? As the ETC Communications Fellow, you will assist ETC team members in completing communications tasks that support ETC’s community development and community organizing that connect ETC to residents and other stakeholders. Working with the ETC team, the Community Strategies team, other lines of business, and external partners, you will:
• Set up, manage, and maximize social media, text message, and email accounts to share news, events and information about campaigns, including use of platform integration and audience segmentation.
• Assist with event planning, including with planning, promotion, fundraising, setup, execution, tear-down, and other event-related tasks as assigned.
• Develop, refine, and troubleshoot the ETC contact database, complete data entry, and conduct analysis of data to make recommendations for improvement of information management or procedures related to communications activities.
• Prepare Standard Operating Procedures for communications, event planning and execution, data management, and reporting.
• Develop templates for the development of future materials. Qualifications Candidates should have a demonstrated interest in the field of community development, sociology or anthropology, public health, public policy, political science, or related field; an enthusiasm towards NJCC’s mission and vision; a passion for communities; and the ability to thrive in a highly collaborative environment. Preference will be given to candidates pursuing a degree with a concentration in communications or related field. Click here for full description.
|Email a thoughtful cover letter and your résumé to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “ETC Communications Fellow – Your Name” in the email’s subject line. Check us out at www.east-trenton.org & www. newjerseycommunitycapital.org!||Until filled|
|Rep. Tom Malinowski's Congressional district office||Rep. Tom Malinowski's Congressional district office, located in Somerville, NJ, is seeking unpaid interns for the Spring 2020 session. In the district office, interns may be asked to do a variety of tasks, including day-to-day office work such as answering phones, writing letters and assisting with media clips. In addition, interns may be assigned to assist in various constituent case work or work on district-based projects of importance. The hours are flexible to accommodate students' course schedules, but generally run 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays.||Applicants should apply through their website. Click here.||Until filled|
|FleishmannHillard Internship||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 see FleishmanHillard GDP Program Description for more information.||Rolling Basis
Summer Session: June-August
Fall Session: September-January
Spring Session: February-May
|New Jersey Republican Party Internship||The New Jersey Republican State Committee is seeking dedicated and responsible
interns to join our team. Internships are unpaid, volunteer positions intended to provide students with true on-the-job experience. The internship experience is designed to give students substantial exposure to practical, campaign-style politics on a local and state level. For more information, please find the entire listing here.
|To apply, please contact Pierce Frauenheim at email@example.com.||Rolling Basis|
|River Crossing Strategy Group PAID Internship||RCSG is a small government affairs consulting, lobbying, & public affairs group based in Trenton. Paid internship is 15 hours/week (over 2 or 3 days) at a rate of $15/hour. Internship would start in January 2020 with the possibility of a shorter internship in Nov./Dec. 2019. The schedule is flexible, although Mondays and Thursdays (or at least one of those two days) are priorities. Responsibilities include attending legislative hearings and taking notes, doing legislative and/or policy research, and assisting with some writing and meeting request follow-ups. For additional information contact Dr. Bowen.||Applications should include resume/bio or CV, brief writing sample & days/hours of availability. To apply, email Eric Shuffler.||Until filled|
|Campaign Internship||Assemblymen Vince Mazzeo and John Armato are looking for dedicated remote workers! More information firstname.lastname@example.org or call (856) 535-1009||Rolling basis|
|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 www.csce.gov.||Send a cover letter ans resume to: email@example.com||Rolling basis|
|Part-Time Aide for Councilman-at-Large Jerrell Blakely||The councilman is currently seeking a part-time aide for five to ten hours a week. Duties include research, assistance with constituent requests, schedule management, light photography and videography, council meeting attendance, attendance at community meetings, data entry, and social media outreach. College credit is also possible. More information here.||Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org||Rolling basis|
|NJ Senate Majority Office Internship||The NJ Senate Majority Office is looking for 1 or 2 part-time interns for this fall. There is opportunity for students to receive course credit for this position. The role is a combination of policy research and writing, and potentially some communications work. The staff works directly with New Jersey’s democratic state senators and this position offers great opportunity for students interested instate government and, specifically, the legislative process to witness the mechanics of committee meetings, voting sessions, and hearings first hand.||Please send your resume directly to Amanda Melillo, email@example.com||Until filled|
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org||Rolling basis|
|Burlington County GOP Internship||The Burlington County Republican Party is looking for students interested in learning how campaigns work and who would like to help with grassroots organizing. The committee has a long history of molding interns into political operatives and would be a good place for students to become familiar with politics, especially concerning the highly contested swing district LD8.||For questions or to apply, contact Kasey Dearden at (609) 751-7013 or email@example.com.||Rolling basis|
|Law Internship||The governmental affairs subsidiary of Porzio, Bromberg, & Newman, or Porzio Governmental Affairs (PGA) is interested in taking on an intern to assist with research and analysis of legislation and various other issues. Their new office is located on State Street in Trenton. For more information, their website is www.pbnlaw.com.||Inquiries should be addressed to Brian Sharkey, firstname.lastname@example.org.||Until filled|
|Democratic Coordinated Campaign Positions||The Democratic Coordinated Campaign for the14th legislative district is interested in filling the positions of Data Entry, Field Organizing, and Social Media and Communications.||If interested, address resumes and inquiries to Campaign Manager Sean Gregory at email@example.com.||Until filled|