Many Political Science students supplement their academic studies with field work or internships outside 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 shold contact Elizabeth Stiles, Ph.D., at 216.397.4671 or estiles@jcu.edu.  The John Carroll University Career Center also provides assistance to students seeking internships.

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

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

  • Akron City Councilman’s Office (9th ward)
  • Cleveland Heights Municipal Court
  • Cuyahoga County Commissioner’s Office
  • City of Cleveland Mayor’s Office
  • 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 not-for-profit 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 or the Grasselli Library.