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:
- 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
- Campus-to-Capitol Mentorship Program
- 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.
PROCEDURES FOR INDEPENDENT COURSES
The School of Humanities and Social Sciences adjusted the process for independent courses (research, study, and internships) for Fall 2021. Students do not need to complete the Records & Registration Internship Enrollment form for the Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 semesters. They 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 Associate Dean Grimm.
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:
Fall 2021: Tuesday, September 7 by 4:30 p.m.
Spring 2022: Monday, January 31 by 4:30 p.m.
FALL 2021 INTERNSHIP SCHOLARSHIP
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. Please see the linked call for applications: Unpaid Internships Fund
Applications for Fall 2021 are due August 15, 2021.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
- 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 for the Fall 2021 semester. 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.
- The student meets with Dr. Sarah Chartock, Department Chair and Internship Faculty Coordinator (email@example.com) to discuss their proposal and obtain her signature on the proposal form before the Add/Drop deadline of the semester. (Due to Covid-19, 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.)
- Student uploads the documents on the School of Humanities and Social Sciences Internship Proposal System for approval by Associate Dean Grimm. You will receive an email from the Dean’s Office when your paperwork is submitted to Records & Registration.
2021-2022 Faculty Internship Coordinator: Professor Sarah Chartock, firstname.lastname@example.org
|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 email@example.com.||Until filled.|
|Digital Organizing Fellowship with NJ Democratic State Committee's Forward 2021||Forward 2021 is excited to offer passionate high school and college students fellowship opportunities as part of our Future Leaders Digital Organizing Fellowship. Forward 2021 will work with your high school/college to offer credit for the fellowship. This fellowship is only available to students whose institution will accept our program for academic credits or volunteer hours. Hours are flexible based on your schedule, and will have a Summer Fellowship class as well as a Fall Fellowship Class. On this team, you will find a positive culture that leads to new professional development opportunities, real world academic education on electoral campaigns, and for yourself with an overall mission to elect Democrats throughout New Jersey. This Fellow will have the opportunity to work closely with Forward 2021 Digital Organizing staff, Youth for Murphy, and the AR visual organizing department. Interns report directly to their assigned Digital Organizer, each “turfed” to our texting program, dialer program, social media and relational program. Our fellowship program provides the opportunity to obtain educational credit. Click here for more information. Click here for virtual volunteer opportunities.||To apply, please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with “[NAME]: NJDSC Future Leader” in the subject line. In the body of your message, include what program [Texting, Dialer, and SocialMedia/Relational] you’re interested in, which class (Summer or Fall) you’re interested in, and a brief essay (max. 150 words) on why you would like to be a Future Leader Digital Organizing Fellow for Forward 2021. Forward 2021 does not require cover letters.||Until filled.|
|Hoffman for NJ Governor||Hoffman for Governor campaign is looking for interns for the 2021 campaign. Madelyn Hoffman is running for governor of NJ on the Green Party ticket and is a prominent environmental and peace activist, with Heather Warburton, an artist and activist, as her lieutenant governor candidate. They are running for a more environmentally friendly and just New Jersey with a real green new deal, universal healthcare and tuition-free public universities as some of their policies.||Click here to apply.||Until filled.|
|Internships with the NJ Democratic LD38 state legislative race||Please contact Storm Wyche, Campaign Manager, at email@example.com.||Until filled.|
|Political Campaign Intern Jean Stanfield for NJ State Senate||The Jean Stanfield for State Senate campaign is seeking highly motivated College and High School Interns for the 2021 cycle. This race is located in Burlington County, New Jersey, and will be one of the top races in the state. Interns must work a minimum of 12 hours a week. Hours are flexible. We will accept applicants on a rolling basis. Duties and Responsibilities: Staff campaign events; Perform research; Help train volunteers and build a cohesive team of supporters; Canvass; Make phone calls; Answer Phones; Perform other duties as assigned. Qualifications: Strong time-management skills and work ethic; Skilled in team-based organizing; Strong verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills; Ability to adapt quickly and accomplish goals as set forth by the campaign; Results-oriented, dependable, and proactive.||This is a non-paid internship. College or volunteer credit will be given. Applicants can inquire by emailing joshzLD8@gmail.com.||Rolling basis.|
|Internship with the LD08 2021 Campaign: Dawn Addiego for Senate, Natale & Eckel for Assembly||The Dawn Addiego for Senate, Natale & Eckel for Assembly campaign is seeking passionate students, ready to join the fight for a fair tax plan for NJ's middle class, affordable healthcare, women's rights and improving access to education. Interns will be on the front lines, assisting with the management of the campaign and mobilizing voters in preparation for the November 2nd election in New Jersey's 8th legislative district (Marlton, NJ) --a competitive 2021 race. Interns will work alongside our skilled team of campaign operatives to plan and execute an ambitious program. Interns will gain first-hand experience in campaign communication, finance, event management and organizing, and play a vital role in our politics at the state and local levels. Hours are flexible and time commitment varies by availability.
Responsibilities Include: Empowering communities to make political change; Monitoring events in district and drafting Op-Eds and letters to the editor; Brainstorming and enacting creative plans to contact and mobilize voters; Recruiting, training and managing volunteers to expand our political reach and operation; Identifying and persuading voters to support our progressive candidates and causes; Managing and executing phone banks, canvasses, and other voter contact efforts; Learning to use our voter database system—utilized by every Democratic campaign across the country; Planning and staffing the candidates at events across the district. To learn more, visit district8democrats.com/
|Qualified candidates will have a positive attitude, a willingness to learn, and a desire to support our candidates and take part in the political process at the state and local levels. Prior experience is not required. Candidates will be accepted on a rolling basis. Applications should include a brief statement of interest and a resume. Submit applications here.||Until filled.|
|NJ's 18th Legislative District Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak internship||Interested in interning at a legislative office? Want to learn about state government while receiving program credit? The Office of Assemblyman Karabinchak (NJ's 18th Legislative District) is now accepting intern applications through the end of the day Monday, September 20th for the fall semester. The Assemblyman's office has a big focus on clean/renewable energy initiatives and combating climate change/effects of climate change. The internships is approximately 15 hours of work per week, typically with at least one day per week in the office (3 Stephenville Pkwy, Edison, NJ). Click here for the office's Facebook page.||The internship is unpaid, but you can apply for academic credit. Send your resume, cover letter, and writing sample to AsmKarabinchak@njleg.org.||September 20, 2021|
|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 Tyler@NJGOP.org.||Until filled.|
|Team Testa for NJ State Senate Internship||Senator Testa & Assemblymen Simonsen & McClellan are looking for motivated students interested in government and politics to join our campaign team this Summer and Fall to help us #DefendTheFirst! Team Testa interns will work directly with campaign staff to help expand our grassroots team & directly contact voters leading up to Election Day. Opportunities include: Engaging directly with First District residents including voter contact and volunteer recruitment; Event staffing; Ability to earn college credit; Flexible work schedule; Virtual and In-Person positions available.||Interested or Have Questions? Contact Jason at firstname.lastname@example.org.||Until filled.|
|16th Legislative District NJ State Senate Intern||The LD16 Democrats are seeking passionate students, ready to join the fight to flip the 16th Legislative District State Senate seat by electing Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker to the State Senate, re-electing Assemblyman Roy Freiman to the State Assembly, and electing Mayor Sadaf Jaffer of Montgomery to the State Assembly. Interns will be vital in mobilizing voters in preparation for the November 2021 Gubernatorial, State Senate, and State Assembly election. Interns will work alongside our skilled team of campaign staff to plan and execute an ambitious plan to win in November. Interns will gain first-hand experience in campaign communication, finance, event management, and organizing. Hours are flexible and time commitment varies by availability. Interns will work out of our campaign office in Princeton. Responsibilities May Include: Empowering communities to make political change; Drafting and executing creative plans to contact and mobilize voters; Supporting fundraising and outreach activities; Managing and executing phone banks, canvasses, and other voter contact efforts; Monitoring media coverage and conducting research to guide communications; strategy; Learning to use the Voter Activation Network (VAN), a voter database system utilized by Democratic campaigns across the country; Staffing the candidates at events across the district.||Qualified candidates will have a positive attitude, a willingness to learn, and a desire to make a meaningful impact in their local communities. All are encouraged to apply, regardless of experience. Candidates will be accepted on a rolling basis. Submit applications, including a resume and brief statement of interest at https://tinyurl.com/LD16Dems with subject “Internship Application.” Email email@example.com with any questions.||Until filled.|
|NY State Democratic Committee virtual political volunteers||We are looking for hard-working, motivated candidates in the New York City area (and beyond!) to work directly with our staff; volunteers can expect to gain unique insight into the New York political landscape. This is a substantive opportunity and is not like other volunteer opportunities with political organizations. Below is a list of potential responsibilities a volunteer may be involved in: Assisting with fundraising and donor outreach; Conducting follow up on fundraisers; Assist in digital marketing of the campaign; Preparing briefings for senior staff; Assisting in vetting and compliance; Transcribing campaign events; Researching venues and conducting venue outreach; Helping in various administrative and staffing needs for the campaign; Other responsibilities as needed.||Candidates should have the following qualifications: Knowledge of Excel/Google Sheets and G Suite Environment; Familiarity with NGP, while not required, is a plus; Ability to clean data in excel sheets quickly; Need to work weekends or outside office hours as needed; Must be available between 15-20 hours a week along with the occasional morning, evening, or weekend task as needed; Ability to multitask and perform well in a fast-paced environment. To apply, please submit a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org AND that you are applying for the Summer program. Applicants from all educational backgrounds are welcome. Please note, applications submitted directly to the hiring platform will NOT be reviewed. Please email email@example.com or call 212-725-8825 if you have any questions.||Until filled.|
|New Jersey Republican State Committee Interns for Summer and Fall||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; and Gain a first-hand experience in New Jersey politics. Hours are flexible but require 15 hours each week. All internships are unpaid but can offer college credit upon request.||To apply for an internship with NJGOP and join our intern team, please
submit your resume and a brief writing sample to Tyler@NJGOP.org. Click here for more information.
|Justin Krebs for NY City Council Intern||Justin Krebs for NY City Council is seeking remote interns to help on a competitive local election and learn the ins and outs of a modern political campaign. Spring semester interns will work in every part of the campaign, including our social media, organizing, communications, and political departments.||Apply here.||Until filled.|
|Gordon Johnson for NJ State Senate District 37||The Johnson-Haider-Park slate of candidates for State Senate and Assembly is seeking volunteers to perform digital and in-person outreach to mobilize voters in New Jersey’s 37th legislative district. We conduct all campaign training and operations in accordance with public health guidance. This is a great opportunity to get firsthand experience on political campaigning in New Jersey.||Individuals interested in getting involved can click here to sign up.||Until filled.|
|Research & Program Associate Job Openings at Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law||The Brennan Center is an independent, nonpartisan law and policy organization that works to reform, revitalize, and when necessary, defend our country’s systems of democracy and justice. Our work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from ending mass incarceration to preserving constitutional protections in the fight against terrorism. We are currently hiring a new group of Research and Program Associate RPAs for our Liberty & National Security, Democracy (NY and DC), Justice, and Fellows Programs. This is a fantastic entry-level position for knowledgeable, hard-working, and creative individuals who are committed to strengthening our democracy. We welcome applicants of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, socioeconomic backgrounds, and sexual orientations, including people who have been previously incarcerated, and are committed to supporting low-income communities and communities of color particularly affected by social inequities. 1-2 years of work experience in any sector is strongly preferred, including employment while in high school or undergrad.||Click here to apply online.||Rolling basis.|
|Progressive Democrats for LD20||Intern With Krychiw, Heath and Castaneda For NJ LD20. Their Internship Program is ideal for students who want to gain meaningful experience with a progressive grassroots campaign. All internships will be completed remotely. This is an unpaid position. Interns will need to complete 12-18 hours per week. Hours are flexible. 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. Their Internship Coordinator can work with your school to provide academic college credit, depending on their requirements.||For more info, visit www.ld20progressivedems.com. For detailed internship positions and to apply, click here.||Until filled.|
|Fair Ballot Project Internship||This nonprofit, non-partisan project is in collaboration with numerous organizations, both national and state level, to encourage representatives and candidates in New Jersey to support a fair ballot so elections may not be skewed. Interns have the opportunity to work in specific groups (social media, press, candidate, and partner teams, website) that each engage directly to promote education, awareness, and legislative action. The internship will require approximately 5-15 hours each week and will be vitual.||Apply here. Click here for more information about the internship.||Until filled.|
|Citizens' Climate HIgher Education Internships||Interns work behind the scenes with staff for 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.||Rolling basis for positions in 2020 and 2021|
|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 www.csce.gov.||Send a cover letter ans resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org||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 email@example.com||Rolling basis|