Internship Opportunities

The Department of Political Science encourages all students majoring or minoring in international studies, political science, and public administration to apply for one or more internships during their undergraduate career at the University of Central Arkansas.  Internships provide students with valuable experience working full-time or part-time for one or more semesters in a governmental agency, a non-governmental organization, or an inter-governmental organization in Little Rock, Washington DC, New York City, and other locations throughout the United States and the world.

Several available internship opportunities are listed below in three different categories: (1) United States Government and Politics; (2) Arkansas Government and Politics; and (3) International Studies (International Relations and Comparative Politics).  Depending on your particular interests, political party affiliation, and ideology, there are several different internship programs in Arkansas, New York City, Washington DC, and elsewhere.  See the link to the "Public Administration Program" on the left for more information regarding public administration internships.

Students may receive three or more political science or international studies credit hours for an internship, depending on the particular internship.  The Department of Political Science has been very successful in assisting students applying for and receiving political science internships in recent years, including political campaigns, congressional offices, non-profit organizations, and governmental agencies.  For more information regarding the department's internship program, please contact Dr. Kim Hoffman, Department of Political Science Internship Coordinator, at 501-450-5688 or  khoffman@uca.edu.  For more information about the guidelines regarding political science/international studies internships, please see the following link:

Political Science/International Studies Programs - Internship Guidelines

(1) UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS

U.S. Federal Government Agencies:

Congressional Research Service (CRS) - Washington DC

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Washington DC

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) - Quantico, VA

Library of Congress - Washington DC

U.S. Department of Agriculture - Washington DC

U.S. Department of Education - Washington DC

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Washington DC

U.S. Department of Justice - Washington DC

U.S. Department of Labor - Washington DC

U.S. Department of the Treasury - Washington DC

U.S. Secret Service - Washington DC

U.S. Supreme Court - Washington DC

White House - Washington DC

William J. Clinton Presidential Center - Little Rock, AR

Advocacy Groups, Non-Governmental Organizations, Professional Associations, and Think Tanks:

American Association of Retired People (AARP) - Washington DC

American Bar Association (ABA) - Chicago, IL and Washington DC

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) - Washington DC

American Conservative Union (ACU) - Washington DC

American Enterprise Institute (AEI) - Washington DC

Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) - Washington DC

Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) - Baltimore, MD and Washington DC

Brookings Institution - Washington DC

Cato Institute - Washington DC

Center for American Progress (CAP) - Washington DC

Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) - Washington DC

Center for Progressive Leadership (CPL) - Washington DC

Center for Public Integrity (CFPI) - Washington DC

Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) - Washington DC

Children's Defense Fund (CDF) - Washington DC

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) - Washington DC

Common Cause (CC) - Washington DC

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) - Washington DC

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) - Washington DC

Emily's List - Washington DC

Family Research Council (FRC) - Washington DC

Freedom Works - Washington DC

Greenpeace USA - San Francisco, CA and Washington DC

Heritage Foundation - Washington DC

Hudson Institute - Washington DC

Judicial Watch - Washington DC

Leadership Institute - Washington DC

Log Cabin Republicans - Washington DC

Media Research Center (MRC) - Alexandria, VA

NAACP - Washington DC

National Center for Public Policy Research (NCPPR) - Washington DC

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) - Washington DC

National Governors Association (NGA) - Washington DC

National Organization for Women (NOW) - Washington DC

National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) - Washington DC

People for the American Way (PFAW) - Washington DC

Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) - Washington DC

Project Vote Smart (PVS) - Philipsburg, MT

Public Citizen - Washington DC

RAND Corporation - Arlington, VA, Pittsburgh, PA, and Washington DC

Sierra Club - Washington DC

The Century Foundation - New York, NY and Washington DC

United States Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) - Washington DC

Urban Institute - Washington DC

William J. Clinton Foundation - Boston, MA, Little Rock, AR, and New York, NY

General:

DC Internships: Capital Semester Program - Washington DC

Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminar - Washington DC

Washington Internship Institute (WII) - Washington DC

Washington Internship Program - Washington DC

National Political Party Organizations

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) - Washington DC

Democratic Governors Association (DGA) - Washington DC

Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) - Washington DC

Democratic National Committee (DNC) - Washington DC

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) - Washington DC

National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) - Washington DC

National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) - Washington DC

Republican Governors Association (RGA) - Washington DC

Republican National Committee (RNC) - Washington DC

(2) ARKANSAS GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS

Congressman Marion Berry (1st District of Arkansas) Internship Program - Jonesboro, AR, Cabot, AR, and Mountain Home, AR, and Washington DC

Congressman Vic Snyder (2nd District of Arkansas) Internship Program - Little Rock, AR and Washington DC

Congressman John Boozman (3rd District of Arkansas) Internship Program - Fort Smith, AR, Harrison, AR, Lowell, AR, and Washington DC

Congressman Mike Ross (4th District of Arkansas) Internship Program - El Dorado, AR, Hot Springs, AR, Pine Bluff, AR, Prescott, AR, and Washington DC

Democratic Party of Arkansas - Little Rock, AR

Office of the Governor of Arkansas - Little Rock, AR

Office of the Lt. Governor of Arkansas - Little Rock, AR

Office of the Attorney-General of Arkansas - Little Rock, AR

Republican Party of Arkansas - Little Rock, AR

Senator Blanche Lincoln Internship Program - Little Rock, AR and Washington DC

Senator Mark Pryor Internship Program - Little Rock, AR and Washington DC

(3) INTERNATIONAL STUDIES (COMPARATIVE POLITICS AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS) INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS

U.S. Federal Government Agencies:

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) - Washington DC (Fairfax County, VA)

National Security Agency (NSA) - Washington DC

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) - Washington DC

U.S. Department of State - Washington DC

Voice of America (VOA) - Washington DC

Advocacy Groups, Non-Governmental Organizations, Professional Associations, and Think Tanks:

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) - Washington DC

American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) - Washington DC

American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) - Washington DC

Amnesty International USA - Washington DC

Arms Control Association (ACA) - Washington DC

Atlantic Council of the U.S. - Washington DC

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP)/Junior Fellows Program - Washington DC

Carter Center - Atlanta, GA

Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation - Washington DC

Center for Defense Information (CDI) - Washington DC

Center for National Policy (CNP) - Washington DC

Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) - Washington DC

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) - New York, NY and Washington DC

Middle East Institute (MEI) - Washington DC

National Democratic Institute (NDI) - Washington DC

Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) - Washington DC

Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) - Washington DC

RAND Corporation - Arlington, VA, Pittsburgh, PA, and Santa Monica, CA

The Century Foundation - New York, NY and Washington DC

TransAfrica Forum - Washington DC

United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) - New York, NY

Washington Office on Africa (WOA) - Washington DC

Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) - Washington DC

William J. Clinton Foundation - Boston, MA, Little Rock, AR, and New York, NY

Winrock International - Arlington, VA and Little Rock, AR

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (WWC) - Washington DC

Inter-Governmental Organizations:

African Union (AU) Commission - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

European Union (EU) - Washington DC Office

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) - Brussels, Belgium

Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) - Vienna, Austria and Prague, Czech Republic

Organization of American States (OAS) - Washington DC

United Nations (UN) - New York, NY

United Nations (UN) - Vienna, Austria

United Nations (UN) - Nairobi, Kenya

United Nations (UN) - Geneva, Switzerland

UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights - Geneva, Switzerland

World Bank - Washington DC

Note: Please contact Dr. Mark Mullenbach, Department of Political Science webpage coordinator, at markm@uca.edu if one or more of the links above is not working properly.