Internship Opportunities | Kent State University

Washington Program in National Issues (WPNI)

Each spring the Political Science Department and the KSU Alumni Office sponsor WPNI. Qualified juniors and seniors spend the entire semester in Washington, D.C., where they participate in an internship; attend briefings with government, corporate, and interest group officials; and engage in individualized research. Although open to students regardless of major, political science students particularly benefit from the first-hand experiences provided by the program. Students earn 15 upper-division hours of Political Science credit for the semester. Kathleen Loughry, our Program Assistant can supply a descriptive brochure and application forms in the Political Science Dept.

Professor Richard Robyn is the WPNI Director, and interested students should contact him to learn more about the program (330-672-8944, rrobyn@kent.edu).

Columbus Program in State Issues (CPsI)

The Columbus Program in State Issues is a Fall semester program. Qualified juniors and seniors spend the entire semester in the state capital, Columbus, where they participate in an internship; attend briefings with government, corporate, and interest group officials; engage in individualized research. Although open to students regardless of major, political science students particularly benefit from the first-hand experiences provided by the program. Students earn 15 upper-division hours of Political Science credit for the semester. Kathleen Loughry, our Program Assistant can supply a descriptive brochure and application forms in the Political Science Dept.

Professor Vernon Sykes is the CPSI Director, and interested students should contact him to learn more about the program (330-672-8948, vsykes@kent.edu).

Other internship opportunities

Students often seek out other internship opportunities for a three-credit option. Political Science students have interned with local congressional offices, think tanks and research institutes, political party organizations, law firms, businesses, and non-profit organizations. A partial list of places where our students have interned is here, along with the internship form students must complete in order to receive credits for relevant work. If you are interested in pursuing a 3-credit internship, please email Dr. Mazzei, the Undergraduate Studies Coordinator, for more information.