Political Science Internship Program


Director of the Internship Program: Dr. Mary Ellen Balchunis
Olney Hall 357

In order for students to enroll in POL 460 or POL 461, the Political Science Internships, students must be a Political Science or Public Administration major, with junior level standing and a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students participating in POL 460 or 461 receive 3 hours of academic credit and spend approximately 10 hours a week at their internship placement (which can be with an elected official, a candidate for office, a legal office, a non-profit, or an administrative agency). The following are placement sites for interns from 2009 to the present:

Abington Police Department

Chamber of Commerce, Washington, D.C.

Congressman Bob Brady’s Legislative Office

Foreign Policy Research Institute, Philadelphia

Judicial Chambers Judge Christopher Wogan, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas

Law Firm of Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP

Law Offices of Gallagher & Rowan PC

Law Offices of Marks, O’Brien, O’Niel, Doherty and Kelly, PC

National Constitution Center

Office of the Philadelphia Registrar of Wills

Organizing for America, a Partnership with the Democratic National Party

Philadelphia Bomb Disposal Unit

Philadelphia City Council

Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office

Pennsylvania Committee of Seventy

Pennsylvania State Senator Jay Costa

Pennsylvania State Representative Kate Harper

Republican City Committee of Philadelphia

United States Department of Homeland Security

United States Environmental Protection Agency Region III

United States Marshall’s Service

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