Political Science Internships



"During my tenure as an intern in United States Senator Bob Casey's office, I was able to gain the hands-on, practical experience that a classroom cannot provide. I am extremely grateful toward Senator Casey and staff for providing me with the opportunity to transfer knowledge gained in the classroom to a professional setting. My time interning has only confirmed my desire to work in public service after graduation."

Brian Maguire (Class of 2018)

We strongly encourage political science majors to complete at least one internship prior to graduating from the university. Internships are an invaluable educational opportunity. In addition to assisting students in determining their long-term career aspirations, internships may easily improve students' chances of gainful and satisfying employment.

The University of Scranton is within walking distance to hundreds of internship opportunities, many of them specifically geared towards political science majors. Students frequently intern with the Office of the Lackawanna County Public Defender, Lackawanna Pro Bono, and dozens of small and large law firms housed in and around Courthouse Square.

Government internship opportunities are available with U.S. Senators Robert Casey (D-PA) and Pat Toomey (R-PA); U.S. Representative Matthew Cartwright (D-PA 17th District); State Senator John Blake (D-22nd District); and the Office of the Mayor. Our majors have interned with various state and county agencies and The Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development, which is conveniently located on campus.

Students also have the opportunity to pursue internships in Washington, D.C. and while they are studying abroad. The possibilities are endless. Recent graduates have turned these internships into full-time jobs at Lackawanna Pro Bono and the National Institutes of Health.

Financial support for internships are available on a competitive basis through the Scully Scholars Program and the Congressman and Mrs. Joseph McDade Program for Public Service Scholarship, as well as The Royal Experience Internship Program. Please contact the chair or visit the websites for these financial opportunities.

For more information on internships go to The Gerard R. Roche Center for Career Development or contact Dr. Jean Harris who oversees our Political Science internship program.