Many Political Science students supplement their academic studies with field work or internships outside of the University, and the department grants up to six hours of academic credit for these experiences through the Internship course PO 390.

Internships give students the chance to apply the concepts and theories they’ve learned in the classroom, to observe the political process in action, and to investigate potential career opportunities.

Although most students prefer to place their own internships based on individual needs and interests, the Political Science Department offers a wide range of internships.

Students who are interested in a PO 390 internship should contact Colin Swearingen, Ph.D. at 216.397.4311 or at The John Carroll University Career Center also provides assistance to students seeking internships. A listing of the Political Science Department’s Internship Requirements can be found here.

Explore a sampling of internships completed by JCU political science students in:

Advocacy and Special Interest groups

  • Cuyahoga Clean Air Conservancy

Business internships include both the public and private sectors

  • AFL-CIO Labor Council (Cincinnati, Ohio)
  • World Trade Center


  • Betty Sutton’s 2018 Gubernatorial Campaign
  • Ken Harbaugh’s 2018 Congressional Campaign
  • Senator Sherrod Brown’s 2018 Re-Election Campaign
  • Steve Dettelbach’s 2018 Campaign for Ohio Attorney General

Government internships encompass experience at the local, state, and national levels

  • Akron City Councilman’s Office (9th ward)
  • Betty Sutton Works for Ohio
  • Cleveland Heights Municipal Court
  • Cuyahoga County Commissioner’s Office
  • Cuyahoga County Young Democrats
  • City of Cleveland Mayor’s Office
  • City of University Heights Mayor’s Office
  • Ohio House Democratic Caucus
  • Republican Party of Cuyahoga County
  • United States House of Representatives (11th district, Ohio)
  • United States House of Representatives (16th district, Ohio)
  • United States House of Representatives (17th district, Ohio)
  • United States House of Representatives (30th district, New York)
  • United States Department of Justice – FBI (Ohio and Washington, D.C.)
  • United States Export Assistance Center (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • United States Secret Service, Cleveland Field Office

Environmental Agencies

  • Brecksville Nature Center
  • Earth Day Coalition

International Consulates with representatives in Cleveland

  • French Consulate
  • Italian Consulate
  • Lithuanian Consulate
  • Slovenian Consulate General
  • Swedish Consulate
  • Swiss Consulate


  • Blakemore, Meeker & Bowler Company, Attorneys at Law
  • Christian Mediation & Legal Consulting Services
  • Elk & Elk, Attorneys at Law
  • Farano, Wallace & Doherty
  • Steven E. Wolken, Attorney at Law
  • Reminger & Reminger
  • UAW-Daimler Chrysler Legal Services Plan
  • UAW-Ford Legal Services Plan
  • UAW-GM Legal Services Plan


Political internships are often available

  • Campaign Committee for Cleveland City Council
  • Campaign Committee for Cuyahoga County Prosecutor
  • Campaign Committee for Ohio Supreme Court
  • Cuyahoga County Republican Party Office
  • Washington Center (Washington, D.C.)

Public Service and Nonprofit Organizations include

  • National Federation for the Blind (Columbus, Ohio)
  • Cleveland Council on World Affairs
  • The Cleveland Clinic

Internship opportunities are also available through the University’s Career Center, the Grasselli Library, and our Facebook and Twitter pages.