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A political science internship offers students an unparalleled opportunity to gain hands-on knowledge, work experience, and insight into different career options in politics while building connections and earning academic credit. 

Students may intern for a legislative office, political campaign, law firm, non-profit agency, or other organization or public agency where they can gain valuable skills and experience in political science-related careers.

Many students from our department have received Maddy Legislative Intern Scholarships funding paid internships in legislative offices in Fresno, Sacramento, and Washington DC.   Students have been placed with members of Congress, members of the California State Legislature, and members of the Fresno City Council.

If you are interested in pursuing an internship, read the attached instructions on how you can receive academic credit as a political science elective course or capstone.

You must register for PLSI 158 before you start your internship in order to receive credit.  You will need to review the instructions below, complete the following forms and get approval from the instructor before starting your internship. 

Internship forms:

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Political science majors Ernesto Meza (left) and Qaboos Muthana (middle) begin their internships with the California State Legislature in Sacramento.