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 

The Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS)

Paid Internship

Application Deadline - CLOSED 

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 undergraduates to further their career in Political Science.

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

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]

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 inquiries
  • 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, organized, 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

Congressman Lloyd Smucker office internships

Congressman Lloyd Smucker is a current House representative for Pennsylvania’s 16th congressional district, and he was a member of the Pennsylvania Senate, representing the 13th District from 2009 to 2016. Rep. Smucker has two office locations, and both locations provide internship opportunities throughout the fall, spring or summer semester for college students.

Below is the link to apply for this internship.

For more information about this internship, please contact their offices.

  • Washington D.C. Office

516 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

Phone: (202)225-2411

  • District Office at Lancaster

51 South Duke St

Suite 201

Lancaster, PA 17602

Phone: (717)393-0667

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