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 our Internships Program Director Colin Swearingen, Ph.D. at 216.397.4311 or at cswearingen@jcu.edu. The John Carroll University Career Center also provides assistance to students seeking internships.

Explore a sampling of internships that have been offered to JCU students in:

Advocacy and Special Interest groups

  • Cuyahoga Clean Air Conservancy
  • Paroska Group, Inc.

Business internships include both the public and private sectors

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

Campaigns

  • Betsy Rader for U.S. Congress 2018 Campaign
  • Betty Sutton’s 2018 Gubernatorial Campaign
  • DeWine Husted for Ohio 2018
  • Ken Harbaugh’s 2018 Congressional Campaign
  • The 2018 Ned Lamont Campaign for Governor of Connecticut
  • Phil Robinson For State Representative 2018 Campaign
  • Jim Renacci for U.S. Senate 2018 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 Democratic Party
  • Cuyahoga County Young Democrats
  • City of Cleveland Mayor’s Office
  • City of University Heights Mayor’s Office
  • Ohio House Democratic Caucus
  • Ohio Republican Party
  • Republican Party of Cuyahoga County
  • Rob Portman United States Senator for Ohio
  • 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

Law

  • 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

Media

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

Internship opportunities are also available through the Grasselli Library and our Facebook and Twitter pages.