Scott Kennedy, CSIS, August 2019.
Courtesy of Scott Kennedy, CSIS, August 2019

Internships are the best way to integrate the professional experience into the academic program. Political Science alumni frequently remember internships as pivotal experiences in their career paths. Our students have interned at the White House, on Capitol Hill, and for political campaigns, think tanks and nonprofits. 

Political science majors with junior credit standing may complete internships for credit. Students must register for PSC 2987 and complete a final paper as well as other requirements to earn credit. No more than three credits of PSC 2987 may be counted toward the major requirements. 


"Over the summer I interned with the World Wildlife Fund Oceans Department working on both domestic and international policy. We worked closely with Congress and the World Trade Organization to reduce the plague of illegal fishing and impose stricter penalties on the import of endangered species."

Anthony Tusino,
BA '18

Sample Internship Sites

For more ideas and opportunities, visit GW Career Services.

Think Tank Internships
  • American Enterprise Institute
  • American Foreign Policy Council
  • Atlantic Council
  • Brookings Institution
  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • CATO Institute
  • Center for Global Development
  • Center for New American Security
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • The Fund for Peace
  • The Henry L. Stimson Center
  • The Heritage Foundation
  • Human Rights Watch
  • Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy
  • Institute for Policy Studies
  • InterAction
  • National Endowment for Democracy
  • The National Security Archive at George Washington University
  • United States Institute of Peace
  • Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Government Internships
  • Agency for International Development
  • Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
  • Congressional Budget Office
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Department of State
  • Federal Communications Commission
  • Millennium Challenge Corporation
  • US House of Representatives
  • US Senate
  • White House Office of Administration
NGO Internships
  • Amnesty International
  • Children’s Defense Fund
  • Democratic National Committee
  • Greenpeace USA
  • Mercy Corps
  • National Organizational for Women
  • Oxfam America
  • Precision Network
  • Republican National Committee

Have you had a rewarding internship? Let us know and we'll add it to the list! Email us at [email protected].


Requirements to Register for PSC 2987

Students must meet all eligibility requirements to earn internship credit:

  1. Declared a PSC major.
  2. Hold at least junior standing.
  3. Obtain a confirmed internship position involving substantive political science research and work.
  4. Complete an internship contract.
  5. Download and fill out a Registration Transaction Form (RTF).
  6. Submit the internship contract forms and RTF to [email protected] for signature.
  7. Deliver the signed registration transaction for processing to CCAS Undergraduate Advising.


Requirements to Receive Credit

  • Complete required hours. PSC 2987 is variable credit, semester-long course, and it is graded Pass/Fail.
    • For 1 credit, intern a minimum of 8 hours per week and write an 8-10 page paper. 
    • For 2 credits, intern a minimum of 10 hours per week and write a 10-12 page paper. 
    • For 3 credits, intern 12-15 hours per week and write a 12-15 page paper.
  • Communicate with faculty advisor. Communicate with faculty advisor. Communicate with the faculty advisor through Blackboard or in person at least once a month.
  • Complete final paper. Complete final paper. Papers are due the last day of classes of the semester in which the student is interning. Papers should be submitted through Blackboard; paper copies or email attachments will not be accepted.
  • Receive an evaluation. The internship supervisor must complete an evaluation for the student at the end of the semester, the information will go to Professor Bauer.
  • Complete student internship survey at the end of the semester.


Emily Bauwens

“I researched ex-felons for the Civil Rights Enforcement Agency in St. Louis. ... I interviewed nonprofits, reporters and government officials. At the end, I composed a report that was reviewed by city officials.”

Emily Bauwens
BA '21