The Jerome M. Mileur Internship Fund was established in honor of Political Science Professor Emeritus Jerry Mileur’s retirement. It is designed to support undergraduate students majoring in Political Science who pursue internships in Washington, D.C., especially internships with elected officials or political parties.
Jerome “Jerry” M. Mileur received a bachelor degree in Speech from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 1955. He received a Master’s in Labor & Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois-Urbana in 1958 and a Ph.D. in Government from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 1971.
He taught at Rochester Institute of Technology, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and the University of Michigan before joining the faculty in the Government Department and the Bureau of Government Research at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1967. He was promoted to full professor in 1982 and retired in 2004.
For 37 years, He served as director of the undergraduate and graduate programs, as director of the MPA program, as coordinator of internship and honors programs, as presiding officer of the Faculty Senate, and as department chair, during which time he was instrumental in founding the department’s international relations club.
Professor Mileur taught courses in American politics, political parties and elections, American political thought, American Political Development, and American Politics through Film. At the same time, he sought to connect this academic work with real-world state and local politics. Professor Mileur served the town of Amherst as chairman of the Growth Policy Committee and Democratic Town Committee. He was also a member of the State Democratic Party Charter Commission from 1977 to 1979.
He was president of the New England Political Science Association, editor of the political science journal Polity, and co-editor of the University of Massachusetts Press series Political Development of the American Nation.
During his time at UMass, his love for baseball was readily apparent. Professor Mileur owned a minor league baseball team and coordinated a one-year interdisciplinary course on race in America timed with the fiftieth anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball.
In 1997, Professor Mileur was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal for service to the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and in 2011 he received the Alumni Achievement Award from the College of Liberal Arts at his alma mater Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
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Preference is given to students who have secured internships in Washington DC, especially those with elected officials or political parties.