Internships are an integral part of the Marymount Political Science and International Relations curriculum, and majors can choose from among the hundreds of government agencies, law offices, trade associations, and lobbyist firms a short subway or bus ride away from campus or from opportunities around the world.
In the recent past, Marymount Political Science and International Relations students have interned at the World Bank, the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security, the Organization of American States, the Heritage Foundation, the Susan B. Anthony List, Emily’s List, Bearing Point, and a number of House and Senate offices, as well as at locations overseas in France, Ghana, India, Ireland, Jordan, New Zealand, South Korea, and the United Kingdom.
These internships along with a major in Political Science and International Relations can be a stepping stone for a career in any of a wide variety of fields, including public activism and advocacy, political campaigns, diplomacy, foreign policy, law, legislative affairs, teaching, and journalism.
Here are some recent examples of student internships:
Riham Adan – Senate office in DC
“Interning at Senator Klobuchar’s office has been an amazing experience so far. I have been able to do hands on legislative task, and I get a deeper understanding for policy process and how the American legislative branch really works. I am excited to continue my journey in the Senate and grow as an individual and advance my knowledge and experience.”
Isabella Blecha – Senate district office
“My internship experience at Senator Dianne Feinstein’s San Francisco office has been the highlight of my summer. I have been able to sit in on field meetings with organizations in the community, work directly with constituents throughout California, and research topics the Senator is passionate about supporting. This internship has given me the opportunity to provide crucial information for the Senator and begin to understand the many issues facing California’s population.”
Derek Chouinard – Civil court
“I worked in a clerk’s office for the Judicial Branch of the State of Connecticut over the summer in a local civil court. As I want to attend law school, this internship was appropriate. I observed court hearings everyday involving cases of family disputes, credit card debt, property evictions, child support and other general cases that take place in a local civil court. Working in the court environment solidified my decision to pursue a career in law. Working everyday with attorneys and judges allowed me to experience what it is like working in a court setting, and thus what it would be like to work as a lawyer. Along with observing cases and aiding attorneys, I initiated small claims cases and helped clerk’s office employees with other court tasks. It was a great experience and I highly encourage any student wanting to pursue a career in law to experience the daily routine of a court setting.”
Eric Font – U.S. embassy in India
“I am very excited and proud to be working at the Consular Section in New Delhi. Some of my responsibilities include taking and processing applicant bio-metrics, gathering data for a project analysis about dependent children applying for visas through the Interview Waiver Program (IWP), and observing immigration interviews.”
Jordan Pawlicki – Media consulting firm
“This Spring I did a 3 month long internship with Flag Media Analytics. At my internship I learned the absolutely essential skills of analyzing important news coverage based on format, topic, nature of the article and the tier of news source it was coming from. A large part of the job is staying up to date with the news. Additionally, I was responsible for a lot of data entry from online sources to our database of information. This information was later used to put together analytics reports for the client at the end of each week, month, or quarter depending on the client. It does take a lot of work and commitment, but my internship at Flag Media prepared me for a job, and taught me the basis of what I would need to get employed. I was able to have a full-time job 3 months before college ended. Although it was not for the site of my internship, it made all the difference in the world that I had that experience.”
Shoshone Smith – Consulting firm in Jordan
“My internship is with Analyseize Research Co. Working this company has broadened my perspective on the social and economic issues not only in Jordan but other countries in the Middle East. Some of things that we do are market and social research for different companies and organizations in Jordan and throughout the Middle East.”
Sarah Whiteman – U.S. State Department
“My time at the State Department was an amazing learning experience. I was able to meet incredible people and work on projects that contribute to the field of public diplomacy. This internship has not only been transformational but gave me the opportunity to learn about the world around me and the U.S. role in foreign diplomacy.”