Learn in Columbus


The CPSI curriculum is divided into three units, but students only register for one course (POL 40980) worth 15 upper-division credit hours through the Department of Political Science.

  • This course exposes students to practical and theoretical aspects of the organization and operation of state governments. Particular emphasis is given to understanding how to work with and in the branches of Ohio's state government. This course is held in the Statehouse. 

  • Students will be placed in professional working environments that match their interests, skills, career objectives, and academic requirements. Students will gain firsthand experience in the workplace.

  • Briefings conducted by state and local political and business leaders will be held in Columbus two days each week to expose students to the public policy-making culture in Ohio's capitol city. 

Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland speaks with CPSI students

CPSI '22 students speak with former Ohio governor Ted Strickland 


CPSI students at an industry banquet

CPSI '22 students at an industry banquet

Semester Ahead

During the first week of the Columbus program, you will participate in a three-day colloquium on the Kent campus. Here, you will learn about writing for political analysis, the basics of fiscal analysis, how to give an elevator speech, tips on public speaking, and formal etiquette for banquets and political events. You’ll meet with your roommates and work out a roommate agreement for your semester living together.

You will move into shared apartments in Columbus the following week. In a typical week, students will attend briefings and a class held in the Statehouse on Monday and Tuesdays. On Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays you will work at an internship in your chosen field for a minimum of twenty-four hours a week.

Internship Information

During your internship you will immerse yourself in a professional environment, get practical work experience, and establish professional contacts. Students work all over Columbus; our 2022 students interned at the Ohio AFL-CIO, the Ohio Judicial Conference, the Ohio Senate, Premier One Health, the Ohio Student Association/Ohio Organizing Collaborative, and the Legal Aid Society of Columbus. Check out more student internships below.