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If wisely chosen, an internship can help you to gain invaluable skills and knowledge that can serve as a stepping-stone in your career. You can find an internship anywhere: locally, a major city (such as Boston or Washington, DC), or abroad. Yet it is important to remember that seeking and undertaking an internship requires a lot of initiative on your part.  While there are a wide range of opportunities for majors, take care to find the right one that gives you maximum benefits.

Find more information about academic requirements and expectations for an internship on the Current Students Resources page.

Internship Placements

How to Find an Internship

  • You can also review our list of recent Internship Placements and Student Profiles.
  • See also the UMass Amherst Career Services website.
  • You might also consider exploring an internship relating to various national policy areas such as: health, civil rights, neighborhood housing or homelessness; prison reform; environmental concerns, education, criminal justice, trade, environment, peace and security.


  • Jerome Mileur Internship Fund/Scholarship (Political Science) - This scholarship was established to support students who pursue internships in Washington DC. Preference is given to students who intern with elected officials or political parties.  Learn more.
  • Merriam Internship Scholarship (College of Social and Behavioral Sciences) - The award provides financial support to undergraduate students who have an interest in public policy, law, ecological conservation, and/or real estate development for summer or semester-long internships. Learn more.
  • SBS Internship Award (College of Social and Behavioral Sciences) - Supports SBS students who will complete unpaid internships in the summer or fall. Candidates must be in good academic standing with at least 45 credits. Learn more.

Internship Profiles

Adam Fauerbach with Marty Meehan

When Political Science Major Adam Fauerbach took on an internship as a sophomore at KGlobal, he didn't anticipate meeting his future mentor and launching a promising career in Washington D.C. Now, he is an Account Associate at a leading communications and public affairs firm. 

What could be better for a political science and legal studies major with aspirations in government and law than spending a summer interning in the nation’s capital? Two summers interning, of course, and Josh Odam’17, of Brooklyn, NY, couldn’t be happier. This summer he is participating in the first year of a two summer, eight-week program with the , a leadership development program for young African American men. “I am privileged and fortunate to be in this space and be surrounded by others who look like I do, and who are high achievers and highly motivated,” he says.

Kabir Thatte ’16, knows the value of internships. Although he is only finishing up his sophomore year at UMass, he has already interned with Congressman Joe Kennedy III, Joe Kennedy for Congress, the Town of Medfield, and, most recently, the United States Department of the Treasury in Washington, D.C.

“Internships are gateways into the true experience of working a job,” he says. “They are a win-win situation. You have the opportunity to receive credits while simultaneously building professional skill sets.”

Professional development is always on the mind of Deborah Kick ’15. That’s one of the reasons she decided to pursue an internship abroad instead of settling for the typical exchange student study abroad experience.

“I wanted to apply what I learned in my major classes to the professional world,” she says “specifically, to see how much the legal and political theories I have learned about are applicable to the ‘real world.’”


I chose to pursue an internship, specifically with the Department of State, for two reasons. The first was I needed some sort of experience to put on my resume relating to my studies and the field I hope to enter, international affairs. Secondly, I wanted to start to see the differences firsthand between working with an NGO, for the State Department, or for the United Nations. My internship in PRM was perfect for this because the Bureau works closely with various nongovernmental organizations and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees.