Political Science Internships


"I learned a lot of things related to the Court but also things that are going to be helpful for me later in life as I journey through law school and into the real world of being a lawyer.

The most important part of this "aha" moment [discussing with the judge the sentence he gave to an old woman] for me was to learn that doing this job really is not easy not only because it's a lot of work but also because you are taking part in shaping the life of an individual.

Being able to work with a United States Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and his staff has been one of the best experiences of my undergraduate career...I was able to learn so much while having fun." 

Danny Yuresko (Class of 2020) is a senior Political Science major and Criminology minor from New York City.​​

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.