Political science students have an opportunity to complete an internship for academic credit in addition to their regular course work. Interns, at the local, state or national level, have long been a part of the political science curriculum. In some areas, former interns have risen to a level in their organizations where they are employing current interns. National internships are arranged in cooperation with The Washington Center.
Each Public Policy and Administration major is required to complete an internship for academic credit as part of the integrative experience portion of the major. Internships are available in a wide range of city, state and national government offices, private businesses and non-profit organizations. Recent public policy and administration majors have served in district congressional offices and in numerous Wisconsin city management offices, including those in Whitewater, Janesville, and New Berlin.
Students in legal studies supplement their course work with an internship experience. Internship opportunities can occur at the national level through the Washington Center and locally at area law firms, district attorneys' offices, and with county judges. Among the varied law-related internship opportunities are:
Additional information about internships may be found at the Career & Leadership Development Internship Resources site.
Many students, including Rachel Mattke,complete internships with Congressman Paul Ryan. Several former interns have gone on to work for Congressman Ryan in his Janesville, Racine and Washington, D.C. offices.