Surveys of recent Western graduates show that internships are vitally important for students preparing to enter the job market, says Aaron Ignac, assistant director of the Career Services Center. “We know students who have internships have skills that employers are looking for,” Ignac says. “They get hired more quickly after graduation, and their starting salaries are typically higher.” (from "Soundings" Spring 2015)
Political Science students are encouraged to obtain internships in local, state or national government agencies, with political parties and interest groups, or with other organizations of their choosing. A list of prospective internship opportunities is available here.
In order for internship credit to be considered for the Political Science major or minor, the internship must be (1) supervised by a WWU faculty member, or (2) offered through a formal internship program relating to Political Science broadly understood. The department offers two types of internships for credit:
- Administrative Internships
- Legislative Internships
If you are interested in a local internship, please contact the Faculty Internship Coordinator at least one quarter in advance of registration, sooner if you are interested in a state or federal internship. Any internship completed for Political Science credit must be approved by the Faculty Internship Coordinator.
Please note that students may count only 10 credits of internship and independent study combined toward the Political Science major; up to 5 internship credits count toward the minor but will not count toward the required 10 credits of upper division courses.
Faculty Internship Coordinator
Professor Todd Donovan
Political Science Department
Western Washington University
AH 418, 516 High Street
Bellingham, WA 98226-9082S