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Internship Program

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

Placement Opportunities

Students are placed in the area of greatest interest to them, such as:

  • National, State, and County political party headquarters
  • Congressional offices
  • Campaigns
  • Campaign consultants
  • Interest groups
  • Elected public officials,
  • Federal agencies
  • Ohio General Assembly
  • And many more

Some places students often have internships:

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

Requirements:

  • 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. Some internships offer a stipend.

Application:

  • Application
    • Students applying for out of town placements are required to write a 500 word essay describing how your past experiences qualify you for the internship and how you plan to use the internship to enhance your education.
  • DPR Report

*Variable credit hours are available depending upon the type of internship required.  Some internships offer a stipend.

For more information, please contact Dr. Nancy Marion at nmarion@uakron.edu


For Placement Agencies

Interested in becoming a Placement Agency? 

Students are placed in the areas of Applied Politics, Criminal Justice, Political Science and Public Administration.

Please complete this questionnaire and we will contact you to discuss your needs.

If you have additional questions, please contact Dr. Nancy Marion at nmarion@uakron.edu.


Intern Spotlight

Morgan Booker, Ohio Legislative Black Caucus

Morgan Booker

Working for the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus was one of, if not the most memorable experience of my political career. Not only did I gain invaluable experience working in and around the Ohio Statehouse, I was able to gain connections through networking events and the friendships I made with my fellow interns. I was able to split my time between working as an intern with the Caucus, helping to draft official communications and as an intern with Representative Stephanie Howse of OH-11, researching senior care facilities in the district.

One of my more memorable experiences from working at the Caucus was the ability to celebrate Juneteenth with the oldest black caucus in the country. As a young black woman who was eager to create lasting change with policy, it was a day full of excitement and gratitude. I want to thank Jenni and Dr. Cohen for helping me find this internship, and the entire Bliss Institute for helping me get there!