The Department of Political Science strongly encourages students to enroll in an internship during the course of their studies at Northern Illinois University. The internship allows students to earn course credit while gaining valuable professional experience as an intern.
Participating in an internship gives students a special opportunity to:
apply classroom knowledge to a professional work environment
gain valuable political experience that will look great on a resume
sample different career options in a specific professional area of interest
make valuable connections that could lead to a permanent position
Additionally, students may work with the department's Internship Coordinator and NIU Career Services in order to assist students in the process of obtaining internships. Such opportunities include internships with:
Congressional and state legislative offices
Local, state, and federal government offices
State's Attorney and Public Defender offices
Political campaigns for national, state, and local offices
Public interest law firms
Students looking for political science internship advice and career opportunities should contact Professor Brendon Swedlow at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815.753.1011. Students are also encouraged to regularly check the department’s E-Announcements.
To download an internship contract for academic credit, click here.
To view the POLS 490-Political Science Internship syllabus, click here.