Internships

Looking for an Internship?

Internships/co-op credits count toward the major or minor as a political science elective at the 200-level. A maximum of three internships/co-op credits may be counted toward the major or minor. Under special circumstances, majors are able to count an additional three credits toward the completion of their major. The department chair must grant permission for these additional three credits, depending upon the content and level of the internship or co-op.

  • THIS (The Harrisburg Internship Semester)
  • Washington Interns
  • The Legislative Fellowship Program
  • Study Abroad
  • European Union Program
  • British Parliamentary Internship
  • Office of Community and Academic Partnerships 

Internship Opportunities

Pennsylvania Department of Aging (7/15/09)

Legislative Director Lisa Meade at the Pennsylvania Department of Aging is currently looking for a hard-working, responsible student with good writing-skills to intern during the Fall 2009 semester at the Department of Aging.

The link below is an overview of the state agency, along with a detailed description of the internship program and an application.

Applications will be accepted through August 6th.
PADoA Overview and Application (PDF)

If interested, please mail or fax applications to:

Lisa Meade – Internship Program
Pennsylvania Department of Aging
555 Walnut Street, 5th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17101-1919
Fax Number: (717) 783-6842

Senator Mike Brubaker Internship

Paid Internship

Senator Mike Brubaker is currently accepting applications for summer internships. Internships are full-time.

If you are looking for an invaluable experience that you can utilize in just about any career, a desire to provide service to the citizens of Pennsylvania and enhance your resume, then an internship in the office of Senator Mike Brubaker is for you. Working out of the Senator's district office, interns will focus on assisting the district office staff in areas of constituent relations, constituent outreach, communications and various other tasks as determined. Interns can also expect some exposure to the Senator's office in Harrisburg where they will have a "shadow day," getting a first hand look at what happens in Harrisburg.

  • You will handle constituent problems/concerns and refer problems/concerns to the proper agency/Senate staff member.
  • You will prepare correspondence; procure copies of legislation and/or other state-related documents or information requested by constituents.
  • You will assist with various outreach projects.
  • Spend a day in Harrisburg with Senator Mike Brubaker and get a unique view of what really happens in Harrisburg

Interns should have excellent written and oral communication skills. Fulltime employment equates to 37.5 hours a week. Internships are paid at the rate of $9.00 per hour. Interested candidates should mail a cover letter and resume to:

Nathan Flood
The State Capitol, Room 457
Senate Box 203036
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3036

British Parliamentary Internship

The Department of Government and Political Affairs is now accepting applications for its annual Summer British Parliamentary Internship in London, UK. Placement is with the Westminster (House of Parliament) Office of Emily Thornberry, the Labour MP for Islington South and Finsbury in London. MP Thornberry has represented Islington South and Finsbury since the 2005 parliamentary elections. MP Thornberry, a human rights lawyer, has actively worked on issues ranging from inner-city poverty to the environment in the House of Commons. [For more on MP Thornberry see http://www.emilythornberry.com.]

This unpaid, six-week, full-time, internship runs from approximately July 1-August 15, 2009 and carries with it three academic credits in the Government Department. Housing is available through MU's partner institution - London Metropolitan University - which is located in MP Thornberry's constituency. The internship is open to declared Government majors with a GPA of at least 3.0. The application process is competitive. Since 2003, the Government Department has placed five MU students in a MP's office through this summer internship program. In each case, the MU student conducted themselves in a professional manner and in the words of one MP's Office Manager did "brilliant" jobs. We want to send the same high-caliber intern to represent Millersville in 2009. Applicants should have some background in parliamentary systems (GOVT 221).

In addition, an intern in MP's Office would be responsible for:

  • Drafting of letters, and dealing with telephone enquiries
  • Responsible for opening and sorting the post
  • Assisting Parliamentary Researcher with general administrative duties such as photocopying and filing
  • Some preparation of speeches and briefings

As one MP's Parliamentary researcher noted, "The successful candidate will be self-motivated, organised, keen, confident and not afraid to take initiative. You also need to be highly organized, have strong writing skills and be prepared to carry out administrative tasks."

Applications will be accepted through noon on Friday, February 13, 2009. For an application and/or more information please see Dr. Robert Bookmiller in Fulton House. Dr. Bookmiller can also be reached at 872-3837 or Robert.Bookmiller@millersville.edu.

The Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS)

Paid Internship

Application Deadline - FEBRUARY 24, 2012

THIS Application (pdf.)

The Harrisburg Internship Semester offers a paid internship for undergraduate students, who will work with executives and legislators in our government. Students work directly with public policy, as well as program initiation, implementation, and evaluation. THIS internship is a great opportunity for ungraduates to further their career in Political Science.

For more information about this internship, please contact Dr. Richard A. Glenn, the THIS Campus Coordinator - MU.