University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Political Science


Political Science majors and minors have done internships involving a wide range of activities. Students have interned with:

Campaigns: a large number of students worked for the Dean for America presidential campaign, students have acted as campaign managers for state legislative candidates, worked as interns for statewide candidates in Vermont and for state and local party organizations.

Government Agencies: students have done internships with the Vermont Congressional delegation (Senators Leahy and Sanders and Representative Welch), with members of Congress from their home states, with state elected officials (such as the governor of Vermont and the Attorney General's Office), and with local governments (such as the City of Burlington).

Media Organizations: students have interned with local TV stations, newspapers, and radio stations, including WCAX-TV and the Burlington Free Press.

Law Internships: students intern with local law firms and with the State's Attorney's Office, the state Attorney General’s Office, the Public Defenders Office, and Student Legal Services on a regular basis.

Interest Groups and Non-Governmental Organizations: students intern with interest groups and NGO’s, such as the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG), the Vermont Commission on Women and the Vermont Workers’ Center.

Students also do internships while away from UVM either by signing up for internship credit here or doing semesters in Washington, DC with programs at universities in the DC area (transferring the credit back to UVM).  Among the Washington-based organizations with whom our students have recently done internships are the presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and John McCain, NBC-TV and the Heritage Foundation.

It is the responsibility of the students to secure the internship. Once they have done so, they can seek credit for their work. To find out if you qualify and to get an application for internship credit, click on Internship Requirements.

Last modified January 15 2015 10:00 AM