Internships

The Bliss Institute Internship Program

Our nationally recognized internship program affords students the opportunity to experience politics firsthand and apply what they have learned in the classroom to the real world of politics.  Student interns make valuable networking contacts that assist them in the remainder of their formal education and their chosen careers. 

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Internship Requirements

Have you called and setup your appointment to meet with our internship coordinator Jenni Fitzgerald?  Below is the necessary paperwork that students should bring with them when they come to their appointment. This includes the Application, DARS Report and you Resume.  We have also included a link for tips on how to write a successful resume.  We look forward to seeing you!

  • Application
    • Students applying for out of town placements are required to write an essay consisting of 500 words describing how your past experiences qualify you for this internship and how you plan to use the internship to enhance you education.
  • DARS Report
  • Resume Writing 101

The Bliss Institute Internship Program requirements are

  • Open to all University of Akron students
  • Minimum GPA 2.2
  • Prerequisite: three political science courses or instructor permission
  • Two to nine hours of academic credit

Variable credit hours are available depending upon the type of internship required. We do offer stipends for some of our internships.


Placement Opportunities

The internship program is designed around our students. Students are placed in the area of applied politics of greatest interest to them, such as:

  • National, State, and County political party headquaters
  • Congressional Offices
  • Campaigns
  • Offices of Campaign consultants
  • Interest groups
  • Elected public officials,
  • Federal Agencies
  • Ohio General Assembly

Students have the option to take their internship in:

  • Northeast Ohio
  • Columbus
  • Washington D.C.
  • Canada

Contact Us

Call us at 330.972.5182 to schedule your internship appointment, or stop by Olin Hall 325 during our walk-in hours M-F 8:00-5:00pm.

Becca Dyer, Intern, Ohio House Republican Organizational Committee

I interned with OHROC-- The Ohio House Republican Organizational Committee. I worked on   projects for different campaigns across the state. My work included writing, research, data entry, and grassroots campaigning. The experience was more enlightening than I had anticipated-- not only did it give me the opportunity to explore a practical application of what I learn in the classroom, but I also made several professional contacts.


Michele Kaiser, Intern State Representative Tracy Maxwell Heard Minority Whip

Internships give you a sense of how it is in the real world, and help you grow professionally. They give you insight into the job field of your choice and then you decide if it is the right career choice for you. Multiple internships, in my opinion, are better to gain more professional experience. Not only does the Bliss Institute of Applied Politics help all the Political Science majors but also Political Science/Criminal Justice students find appropriate internship placements. An out of town internship is worth considering, because it can help you grow personally and professionally. In my experience it was like having the job I could get once I graduated. Also living with others that were doing the same thing, gave me more support.


 

Matt Phister, Intern at the Ohio Attorney General's Office.

Through the Columbus Success Internship Program, the Bliss Institute connected me with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office where I was hired as a Summer Intern in the Health and Human Services Section. Through this opportunity, I was able to work with over thirty different attorneys, some that had been practicing in their field for decades and others that were just out of law school.  I was able to engage with them during trials, meetings, hearings, witness preparation, and interviews to ask questions and learn their approaches to different situations.  Through my internship, the Bliss Institute provided me the opportunity to take the knowledge I’ve gained in the classroom and apply it to real-life legal scenario’s to gain a greater understanding of the trials, tribulations, and successes of the American legal system. After my experience with the Ohio Attorney General I now have a specific focus for my future career path, high-quality connections within the field that could help me pursue that path, and a better understanding of what it takes to be successful as a lawyer and a judge. I can’t thank the Bliss Institute enough for supporting me in pursuing my dreams and helping me to accomplish them.


Ian Schwarber, Organizing for America

The opportunity to move to Columbus for the summer, and utilize the Bliss Institute internship program was LITERALLY life-altering.  Being a proud and professed Democrat, as well as a loyal Obama man, I sought out a Fellowship with the Organizing for America campaign during election year 2012, and it was only possible because of the material support that Bliss provided.  Not only did I have the good fortune to live at the Bliss house in the heart of the political district, I was able to survive while working in an unpaid position in the highest levels of the President’s re-election campaign.  Columbus is ground zero for the fight for the White House, and the contacts I made are shaping the path toward a very exciting career in political campaigns and consulting.  It is hard to fathom how meeting the President, the Vice President, the First Lady, and a healthy mix of political insiders would have ever been possible had Jenni Fitzgerald not encouraged me to seek out my position with the campaign, knowing she would do everything she could to allow my dream to become reality.  This may sound like a fluff piece for the institute, and in some ways it is…my career is on an incredible trajectory now, and without Bliss, it simply would not be.