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.
Review a list of recent internship placements.
How to Find an Internship
- As a starting point, see the Political Science and Legal Studies Advising Blog. We post internship opportunities that come across our desk on a weekly basis.
- 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.