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Initiated in the mid-1960s, this program has served as a model for other IUP departments. Hundreds of IUP students have served in internships at the federal, state, and local levels of government, as well as a variety of organizations, such as interest groups and law firms. 

Although an internship is not required to complete a degree in Political Science, it is strongly recommended. Students who successfully complete internships have a number of advantages, including the following:

  • Specialized skills and knowledge
  • Awareness of the types of careers available after graduation
  • A network of people in the field
  • A valuable entry for your résumé

Internship requirements for all students:

  • 40 hours of internship activity for each hour of internship credit
  •  Internship journal documenting activity on a daily basis
  •  Internship project

For a detailed explanation of the internship program and the application process, see the Political Science Department’s Internship Handbook, Part I, and the Internship Handbook, Part II.

All Political Science internships are coordinated and supervised by Professor Sarah Wheeler.

Undergraduate Catalog

Handbook, Part I
Internship handbook for Political Science majors.
Handbook, Part II
Internship handbook for Political Science majors
Internship Forms
List of all Political Science internship forms
  • Sarah Wheeler, Internship Coordinator
  • Political Science Department
    Keith Annex, Room 107
    390 Pratt Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2290
  • Fax: 724-357-3810