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Internships give you the opportunity to experiment with different career paths, apply classroom knowledge to real-world situations, and gain hands-on experience in a professional setting. Often, internships can help students secure jobs after graduation. The Department of Political Science will help ensure that your internship experience is a meaningful step toward fulfilling your career goals.


Requirements

Internships need to be related to the public sector in some way. This includes working for:

  • government agencies
  • nonprofits
  • policy agencies
  • political associations
  • lobbies

Undergraduate political science majors have the option of completing an internship as their capstone course credit.

However, you must successfully complete:

  • POLS 130 American Government
  • POLS 237 State and Local Government
  • one of the following: POLS 342 Public Policy; POLS 350 Public Administration; POLS 431 Congress; POLS 473 American Political Parties

Legal studies majors should speak to Brad Gideon about the internship requirements for that program.

Master of public administration students are required to complete an internship unless they have significant working experience prior to entering the program.

Students who want to waive the internship requirement should contact Sean Hildebrand.

Master of arts in political science students are not required to complete an internship, but they have that option should they desire to do so.

Students who wish to pursue this option should contact Steven Hall or Sean Hildebrand for more information.


How to Find an Internship

Students should contact Sean Hildebrand prior to setting up or applying for an internship to make sure it meets the department’s expectations and requirements.

In many cases, this will include an interview process, so have a good resume and cover letter developed before applying. The Ball State Career Center can help you with the development of these items.


Below are the most current lists of internships the department has.

New Internships

Check out the link below to find the newest internship opportunities that Dr. Hildebrand has put together!

New Internship List

Don't forget to follow and check out our social media where we post new opportunities!

Political Science Facebook  Political Science Twitter

Also, make sure to visit websites dedicated to listing internships, such as IndianaIntern.Net and Internships.com to find great internship opportunities.

 

Rotating Internships

Location: Muncie, IN
Semesters Available: Fall, Spring

Are you looking for an internship that is conveniently located on campus? Are you looking to work in fields related to social justice, diversity, multiculturalism, human rights, public service/administration, communications, marketing, law, and/or peace?

Look no further!

The Center for Peace and Conflict Studies is looking for interns!

Who are we?

  • We study, teach, and advocate for nonviolent philosophies, the prevention of conflict, and peace-building strategies shown to be successful.
  • We seek to be a resource to BSU and the Central Indiana community regarding the peaceful resolution, reduction, and prevention of conflict.
  • We offer an undergraduate minor compatible with undergraduate majors.


What would you do as a part of your internship?

  • Contribute to our newsletters
  • Help organize, promote, and participate in our monthly events
  • Contribute, organize, promote, and participate in our major April Nonviolence Event
  • Help with our social media accounts and the official website
  • Enhance the presence of the Center on campus
  • Strengthen, for instance, your writing, design, marketing, speaking, public relations, and leadership skills and knowledge
  • Work towards making the world more peaceful and just!


Just so you know, this is an unpaid position. But…you can get credits for this internship if you are a Peace Studies minor. If you are not a Peace Studies minor, you also can earn internship credit in this minor or as part of many majors and other minors at Ball State!

Completing this internship has helped Ball State graduates to secure employment and entrance into graduate or professional schools. Several students from the Political Science department have interned with the Peace Center in the past and all have been thrilled with their experience!

If you are interested in applying for this internship, please email your cover letter and resume to the Peace Center graduate assistant, Aashna Banerjee. You can also email or call Aashna (765-285-1622) if you have any questions.

Location: Bluffton, IN
Semesters Available: Summer

The Bluffton Parks Department is looking for a Summer 2019 intern. The position involves assisting in planning, organizing, and implementing summer events put on by the department. Tasks include event planning, advertising, and attendance as well as maintenance of their social media platforms and the updating of documentation for the city’s computer system. This is an unpaid position.

Dr. Hildebrand will handle the initial screening of candidates. Please send a cover letter and resume to Dr. Hildebrand via e-mail no later than April 1 to be considered. He may require in-person interviews before forwarding information on to the Bluffton Parks Director, who will then continue the screening process.

Location: Carmel, IN
Semesters Available: Summer


The Carmel city Police Department is looking for a Summer 2019 intern. The position provides an opportunity for a student to gain inside experience into the day-to-day operations of a police department. The position would begin in May and last through the Summer.

More information about the internship program and an application form is available here

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Lt. Joseph Bickel.

Location: Carmel, IN
Semesters Available: Summer

The Streets Department in Carmel is seeking a summer intern to assist in the administration of the Paser road rating system around the community. The intern would be analyzing the quality of streets around the city and recommending repair for those needing it. They will train you on the program and its application. The program is used across the country, meaning the internship will give you a valuable skill for your resume, and a leg up on competition when looking for a position after graduation.

The internship is a paid position at a rate of $13/hour and is full-time 8:00-4:30 Monday through Friday with one hour each day for lunch. If they are satisfied with your performance, they have offered individuals the chance to return and intern again the following summer at a higher pay rate.

To apply, you can get the application on the city’s webpage.

Also, please contact the Streets Department Director Dave Huffman to discuss the position further before applying.

Location: Muncie, IN
Semesters Available: Summer


CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) has the mission to advocate in the best interest of abused and neglected children in Delaware County. They offer internship opportunities that provide a wide range of experiences in this area. More information can be found here

Interested students must be 21 years of age, pass a background check, complete a pre-screening and interview process with CASA staff, and successfully complete 30 hours of pre-service training before the semester of the internship.

For more information contact Ashley Soldaat.

Location: Elwood, IN
Semesters Available: Summer


DUTIES:

Serves as secretary/clerk to the Clerk-Treasurer.
- Develop and produce the City of Elwood internal control manual.
- Evaluate the City of Elwood’s department’s policies and procedures.
- Work with department heads, board of works members, Mayor, and city council members for adoption of manual.
- Produce a State Board of Accounts approved internal control manual for government.

JOB REQUIREMENTS AND DIFFICULTY OF WORK:

- Knowledge of Microsoft products on the computer.
- Knowledge of English grammar, spelling and punctuation.
- Ability to arrange meetings and conferences including the preparation of pre- and post- conference materials


PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT:

- Work is performed in an office environment with limited physical demands.
- Must be confidential


COMPENSATION:

- $8.33 per hour.
- Can only work 29.9 hours a week.


DRUG SCREEN

- Must be able to pass a drug screen and alcohol testing.


CONCLUSION

This internship will be working directly with the clerk-treasurer to complete an extremely important manual. This internal control manual and implementations is set by state law. The intern will be evaluating each department and building off what is completed currently by the Clerk-Treasurer. The goal at the end of the internship is the have a completed passed by all elected official internal control manual. To view what the internal control manual contains here  

Contact Information: Email Allison Roby (Clerk-Treasurer)

Location: Greenfield, IN
Semesters Available: Summer, Fall, Spring


The Hancock County Prosecutor’s Office is seeking law student internship applicants with a demonstrated interest in criminal law. The positions are unpaid, although applicants are encouraged to participate in the school sponsored, for-credit Prosecutor Externship Program.

An intern for the Hancock County Prosecutor’s Office will mainly provide support to the deputy prosecutors as they prepare their cases for trial. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, legal research, victim contact, witness preparation, summarizing statements, and trial preparation. In the event an intern is able to become a Certified Legal Intern under Admission and Discipline Rule 2.1 of the Supreme Court of Indiana, responsibilities may include representing the State of Indiana in court by handling the prosecution of criminal cases in one of the Hancock County courts.

If you are interested in this opportunity, you may submit your resume to:

Shannon Crull
Victim Assistant Coordinator
Hancock County Prosecutor’s Office
27 American Legion Place
Greenfield, IN 46140
Email

Location: Indianapolis, IN
Semesters Available: Summer

Ice Miller LLP is looking for two Public Affairs Interns to work in their downtown Indianapolis office this summer. The internship would begin May 6th and last through August 30th .

To qualify, you need to be a graduate student or junior/senior with an excellent GPA. Strong writing and summarization skills are required to be successful in this role, as well as the ability to juggle multiple priorities. The candidate must be able to thrive in a fast-paced environment, with time-sensitive materials, and maintain strict confidentiality due to the nature of the position.

Please submit a resume and cover letter to Dr. Hildebrand via email no later than March 15th to be considered for this opportunity. In-person interviews may be required prior to forwarding information to Ice Miller LLP, to continue the screening process.

Location: Muncie, IN


Semesters Available: Summer


The Delaware County Democratic Party is searching for part-time interns to help with campaigning, messaging, and helping to get out the vote in the area in future elections. You can find out more about the state Democratic party here.

If interested, please email a resume and letter of interest to Annette Craycraft

Location: Indianapolis, IN
Semesters Available: Summer


Communications Intern – $12/hour

Are you looking for an internship that will put some cash in your pocket and make you feel good about the work that you do? Are you a creative self-starter with attention to detail? Do you love thinking, reading and talking? Then we want you to join our team!


Indiana Humanities is a statewide nonprofit that encourages Hoosiers to think, read and talk. We offer an exciting and challenging internship opportunity for a hard-working and self-motivating individual who is passionate about the humanities and their ability to transform lives and communities. We’ll be communicating about a variety of programs and events in 2019—including those that fall under our new INseparable theme about how we relate to each other across boundaries; Next Indiana Campfires, which includes outdoor excursions, a book and films; a historic bar crawl in downtown Indy; and much more. Interns at Indiana Humanities are often in charge of their own projects and have the opportunity to substantially contribute to the organization. Previous interns have gone on to work at nonprofits and businesses such as Cummins, Downtown Indy, Interactive Intelligence and YELP.

Primary responsibilities will be to assist the communications and program teams. Daily activities could include: designing images for social media, creating collateral posters or flyers, drafting press releases, writing content for the blog, increasing our social networking presence, organizing logistics for special programs and events and thinking critically about how best to reach our target audiences.

Qualifications:
• Self-motivated and ambitious
• Outstanding organizational skills
• Outstanding written and oral communication skills
• Demonstrated ability to work independently
• Demonstrated ability for critical thinking
• Knowledge of AP Stylebook guidelines
• Familiarity with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel
• Familiarity with Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Dreamweaver/HTML encouraged
• Experience planning/implementing special events a plus
• Availability for occasional travel within Indiana
• Preference is given to a junior or senior seeking a degree in a humanities discipline (i.e. English, history, political science); communication field such as public relations or journalism; arts administration; creative media or design; etc.

Learn more about Indiana Humanities

To apply, send a resume and brief email explaining your interest in the position to Kristen Fuhs Wells, vice president.

The deadline to apply is March 15, 2019.

Location: Indiana (Multiple Locations)
Semesters Available: Summer, Fall, Spring


The Indiana Republican Party is looking for interns to fulfill multiple roles within the party. This includes campaigning, working with the finance team, and with the communications team.

If you’re interested please contact Derek Hugo or visit their website for more information. 

Location: Kokomo, IN
Semesters Available: Summer, Fall, Spring


A paid summer internship opportunity is available in Kokomo with the City Engineer's Department.


The intern would be working with the City Engineer on projects relating to traffic and environmental concerns around the city, as well as ADA compliance issues. They are offering full time employment, with a stipend of $10 per hour for this position.

The city's application for employment can be found here.

To apply, please fill out the application form and return it to Carey Stranahan, City Engineer. Please also let Dr. Hildebrand know you've applied when you submit the application.

Location: Rockport, IN
Semesters Available: Summer


Lincoln Pioneer Village and Museum is looking for interns to fulfill multiple roles within the Summer semester. This includes grant writing, research, and general duties around the museum listed below. If you’re interested, please contact Nancy Kaiser.

1. GRANT WRITING- looking for someone who needs experience with writing grants. This would be for revitalizing Main St in Rockport and also help in our restoration project on our 13 cabins we have at the Village.
2. CATALOGING ARTIFACTS- taking inventory & creating a file to log the artifacts in the museum as well as the artifacts in the cabins
3. WORKING IN THE MUSEUM- greeting visitors and giving them an experience with a well guided tour of information. This would include the museum as well as the history of each cabin.
4. BASIC HISTORY RESEARCH
5. MISC EVERYDAY DUTIES

Hours are 9-4 Mon-Sat Sun 12-4 work schedule would vary.

Season begins May 1st- Oct 31st

More information is available here.

Location: Logansport, IN
Semesters Available: Summer


The City of Logansport is accepting applications for a summer internship beginning May 13 and continuing through the Friday before the start of fall classes at the recipient’s college or university. Interns majoring in public policy or city management are preferred, but other majors may be considered. The successful applicant will be working through the Mayor’s Office and be assigned to work with the mayor, deputy mayor and administrative assistant to staff the office, attend meetings and work on at least two assigned municipal projects. There is a $1,000 stipend available and the intern will not work a 40-hour week, but will work as necessary.


The City of Logansport is the seat of Cass County and is located 70 miles north of Indianapolis and 70 miles south of South Bend. The city is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and three references by 5 p.m. April 30 to Mayor Dave Kitchell, Room 200 City Building, 601 East Broadway, Logansport, IN 46947.

Location: Noblesville, IN
Semesters Available: Summer


The Noblesville city Parks Department is looking for a Summer 2019 intern. The position involves assisting in planning, organizing, and implementing summer events put on by the department. This is a paid position.

More information about the internship program and instructions on how to apply are available here.

Location: Munster, IN
Semesters Available: Summer


The Munster Parks & Recreation Department is looking for a Summer 2019 intern. The position involves assisting in planning, organizing, and implementing summer events put on by the department. This is a paid position.

More information about the internship program and instructions on how to apply are available here.

Location: Indianapolis, IN

Semesters Available: Summer

Position Description: The Office of Fiscal and Management Analysis (OFMA) of the Legislative Services Agency is seeking to hire a talented, self-motivated Fiscal Research Intern to assist with data collection, data analysis, literature review, and other projects as needed.

Requirements: Candidates enrolled in a Master’s program in Economics, Public Affairs, Public Policy, Public Administration, Business Administration or a related course of study. We are seeking candidates with attention to detail and an interest in performing complex analyses. Proficiency with Excel is required, and familiarity with SQL and R programming languages are preferred.

Hours: Approximately 15 to 20 hours per week


Hourly Rate: $18.50 per hour

To Apply: Please submit a resume, writing sample, and a letter of intent that outlines your interest in this position and relevant coursework by hard copy or email to:

Heath Holloway, Deputy Director
Office of Fiscal and Management Analysis
200 W. Washington St., Suite 301
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Email

About OFMA: We are the nonpartisan source of fiscal information, analysis, and research for the Indiana General Assembly. OFMA is regarded for its integrity and impartiality, and for consistently generating high quality research and analysis for public policymakers. OFMA consists of a 21-member staff that includes a director, two deputy directors, an office manager, a database administrator, a database developer, a chief economist, and 14 fiscal analysts covering all areas of state government.

Location: Muncie, IN

Semesters Available: Summer, Fall, Spring


Are you wanting to learn more about working with and for a nonprofit? If so, Shafer Leadership may be a good fit. Shafer Leadership Academy provides people of all ages, backgrounds and interests access to the tool necessary to develop and enhance their leadership skills.

This position involves the following:


Assessment

  • Examine trends in participant demographic data (gender, race, age, socioeconomics, volunteering and occupation) for our 5, 3 and 1-year Emergence graduate
  • Assist with the creation, implementation, and interpretation of program survey

 

Program Planning

  • Assist the Program Director with participant registration, invoicing, communication, catering, and material preparation
  • Assist the Program Director, as needed / appropriate, with program delivery
  • Attend our workshops, interact with various community members / stakeholders

Operations

  • Observe Board meetings and Board Committee meetings
  • Attend other Shafer programs / events as needed / available

Dr. Hildebrand will handle the initial screening of candidates. Please send a cover letter and resume to Dr. Hildebrand via e-mail no later than April 1 to be considered for the Summer semester. He may require in-person interviews before forwarding information on to SLA’s team, who will then continue the screening process.


DC Internships

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  • EPA – Washington, DC

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  • State Department – Washington, DC

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  •  White House Internship Program – Washington, DC

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  •  Department of Agriculture – Washington, DC

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  • Department of Commerce – Washington, DC

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  • Department of Defense – Washington, DC

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  • Department of Education – Washington, DC

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  • Department of Energy – Washington, DC

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  • Department of Health and Human Services – Washington, DC

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  • Department of Homeland Security – Washington, DC

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  • Department of Justice – Washington, DC
    Office on Violence Against Women

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  • Department of State – Washington, DC

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  • Department of Transportation – Washington, DC

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  • Senator Todd Young’s Office – Indianapolis, New Albany, IN & Washington, DC

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  • Senator Mike Braun’s Office – Washington, DC

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  • Congressman Pete Visclosky’s Office – Merrillville, IN & Washington, DC 

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  • Congresswoman Jackie Walorski’s Office – Mishawaka, IN & Washington, DC 

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  • Congressman Jim Banks’ Office – Fort Wayne, IN & Washington, DC 

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  • Congresswoman Susan Brooks’ Office – Anderson, Carmel, IN & Washington, DC 

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  • Congressman Andre Carson’s Office – Indianapolis, IN & Washington, DC 

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  • Congressman Larry Bucshon’s Office – Evansville, Terre Haute, IN & Washington, DC 

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  • Congressman Trey Hollingsworth’s Office – Greenwood, Jeffersonville, IN & Washington, DC

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  • Congressman Jim Baird’s Office – Danville, IN & Washington D.C.

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  • Congressman Greg Pence’s Office – Columbus, Muncie, Shelbyville, and Richmond

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  • Cato Institute – Washington, DC

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  • Brookings Institute – Washington, DC

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  • Heritage Foundation – Washington, DC

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  • Center for Strategic & International Studies – Washington, DC

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  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace – Washington, DC

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  • Wilson International Center for Scholars – Washington, DC

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  • Rand Corporation – Washington, DC

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  • Center for American Progress – Washington, DC

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  • Atlantic Council – Washington, DC

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  • American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research – Washington, DC

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  • Center for a New American Security – Washington, DC

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  • World Resources Institute – Washington, DC

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  • Hudson Institute – Washington, DC

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  • Stimpson Center – Washington, DC

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  • Hoover Institution – Washington, DC

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  • Congressional Budget Office – Washington D.C.

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  • Bose Public Affairs Group – Washington D.C.

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  • Department of Justice

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  • Urban Institute – Washington, DC

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  • Resources for the Future – Washington, DC

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