College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Internship Opportunities

Internships are available in Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer.  Political Science students have interned locally, across the state and in the nation's capital.  The chance to complete an internship in your field is a fantastic opportunity to "get your feet wet" in your chosen field and make connections that can be helpful down the road as your career develops.  For a complete list of past internships, please contact the Internship Coordinator, Professor Todd Donovan.


The following is an evolving list of internships that may be of interest to Political Science students:


The AAAS Office of Government Relations (Washington DC)

The American Political Science Association (APSA) Internship Resources and Database

The African Union (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)

The Borgen Project (Seattle, DC and telecommute)

The Canadian Consulate General (Seattle)

The Cato Institute (Washington DC)

The Central Intelligence Agency

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (Washington DC)

The Defense Intelligence Agency

Environment America (DC and 29 states including Washington)

The Environmental Protection Agency

Environmental and Energy Study Institute (Washington DC)

The European Union Delegation in the US (Washington DC)

The European Parliament Liaison Office (Washington DC)

The Federal Bureau of Investigation

The Governor's Leadership Academy (Olympia, Washington DC)

Homeland Security

Law Advocates (Bellingham)

Marine Conservation Institute (Seattle and Washington DC)

The McCain Institute (Washington DC and Phoenix, Arizona)

The National Geo-Spatial Intelligence Agency

The National Security Agency

The Obama Foundation (Washington DC)

The Pew Research Center

Office of Senator Maria Cantwell

Office of Senator Patty Murray

Office of Representative Suzan DelBene

Office of  Representative Denny Heck

Office of Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler

Office of Representative Pramila Jayapal

Office of Representative Derek Kilmer

Office of Representative Rick Larsen

Office of Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Office of Representative Dan Newhouse

Office of Representative Adam Smith

Office of Representative Suzanne Bonamici (Oregon)

Public Interest Research Group

ReSources for Sustainable Communities (Bellingham)

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program


The United Nations

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) (Washington DC)

Vulcan Internship Program

The Washington Bus (Seattle)

The Washington Center (DC)

The Washington State Institute for Public Policy (Olympia)

Washington Secretary of State's Office (Olympia)

The White House Internship Program (Washington DC)

The World Affairs Council (Seattle)



Additional information is available at and Looksharp, two on-line tools for identifying internships opportunities.  Students interested in doing an internship abroad may wish to consult with the International Programs and Exchanges office and the IE3 Global Internship program.