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Internships in Political Science

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.

Information about current internship (and job) opportunities is available through Viking CareerLink; sign up for your free Viking CareerLink account here.  And a list of prospective internship opportunities is also 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
Phone:  360-650-3018


Viking CareerLink

The WWU Career Services Center is another resource for Political Science majors interested in learning about internship opportunities.