College of Arts & Sciences

Political Science Department


Fact: SJU students who completed one internship before graduation earned, on average, $11,000 dollars more than students who did not complete an internship.

The Political Science Department offers two distinct types of Internships. The Philadelphia Area Internship Program and the Washington Internship

Philadelphia Area Internship Program

The Philadelphia Area Internship Program

The Philadelphia Area Internship Program allows students to work 10 hours per week in public sector, private sector, or non-government organizations in the Philadelphia area and receive credit for an upper division course in Political Science and International Relations.  The course fulfills the Writing Intensive Overlay of the GEP.  Students may take the course a second time as an elective.  Our program uniquely connects academics and professional life and has been highlighted in SJU Magazine.   Graduates of this program have found work in the offices of Senators and mayors, financial and public relation firms, and not-for-profits.  We take enormous pride in how our graduates “trade jobs” on our private Facebook site as they move up.

In spring, we offer both our regular internship program as well as the Global Smarts Mentors program sponsored by the World Affairs Council,  Students – of all majors – are competitively selected to serve.  Please read about how SJU students participate here

For more information about all Philadelphia Area Internship programs, contact Dr. Susan P. Liebell, director and faculty liaison, at


Fall Internship Information


Fall Syllabus

Internship Opportunities


Washington Internship


For students interested in national or international government, the University participates in the Washington, D.C. internship through the Washington Center. Washington interns spend a semester--fall, spring or summer--in D.C. working at one of several federal offices and taking classes. Read more about the Washington Internship. For more information contact Dr.Becki Scola, Faculty Liaison, at



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