DEADLINES: 

The earlier you apply for an internship, the greater likelihood that you will receive an offer and be placed in your ideal organization. Make sure that you apply at least one semester before you plan on doing an internship. 

The final deadline for uploading your application form and resume is three weeks before the first day of final examinations in the preceding semester. For example, if you wish to intern in the fall semester, your last day to apply is three weeks before the first day of final exams for the summer semester. 

Learn more about the Local and Lansing Internship programs.

Local Internship Program

The Local Internship Program offers students the opportunity to conduct an internship throughout the metropolitan Detroit region.  Students earn six credit hours of upper-level political science credit upon successful completion of the program.  Three credit hours are earned for the placement itself and three credit hours are earned through an internship seminar course  that is offered in conjunction with the internship experience.  Students must complete both components to earn credit.  Students typically work two days per week or roughly 160 hours, over the course of the academic semester.

Examples of Past Local Student Internships:

  • City Managers' and Mayors' Offices
  • Michigan Attorney General's Office
  • Senators and Representatives
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • U.S. Marshall's Service
  • US Secret Service
  • Circuit and District Court Judges
  • Political Campaigns
  • Public Policy Organizations
  • Private law firms
  • Nonprofit  and Social Advocacy organizations

Lansing Internship Program

The Lansing Internship Program offers students the opportunity to conduct an internship in Michigan's state capital.  Students earn six credit hours of upper-level political science credit upon successful completion of the program.  Three credit hours are earned for the internship experience and three credit hours are earned for the Seminar class.  Students must complete both components to earn credit.  Students typically work two days per week, or roughly 160 hours, over the course of the academic semester.

Examples of Past Lansing Student Internships:

  • Michigan Governor's Office
  • Michigan Senate
  • Michigan House of Representatives
  • Office of the Attorney General
  • Michigan Agencies and Departments
  • Political Campaigns
  • Social Advocacy Organizations

We offer generous SCHOLARSHIPS to students accepting a Lansing Intership position to offset the costs of transportation. Carpooling arrangements allow you to benefit even further.

How do I apply?

Please use our online application form and the resume template link "Resume Builder."  Uploaded resumes must be in a Word document format.

Public Affairs Internship

2152 (Prof. Nancy Kursman) and 2148 (Patty Raredon)
Social Sciences Building
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