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Department ofPolitical Science


The following listing includes links to a sample of organizations that offer internships to undergraduates. If you have questions about specific internships or you would like information on obtaining course credit in conjunction with such work, contact Matt Harrigan at

In addition to this listing, students should consult the Santa Clara Career Center's internship and job search platform, Handshake, as well as web sources including Idealist, Indeed, Chegg Internships, LinkedIn, Zip Recruiter, and USAJobs. Students seeking financial assistance to facilitate an internship and/or project should consider the REAL Program provided by SCU’s College of Arts and Sciences. Students interested in fellowships and training programs should visit our Fellowships and Programs listing.

Note that many internships have very early deadlines, so interested students should investigate and apply well in advance of target start dates. This is especially true for internships in public law, law enforcement, and the federal government.

Bay Area Opportunities

California Legislature

Law Enforcement

Local Government


Public Law

U.S. Congress

Washington, D.C. and Other U.S. Opportunities

Executive Branch

Judicial Branch

Legislative Branch

Non-Profits, Think Tanks, and Academic Institutions

Political Parties

State Government