Current and Past Internship Opportunities

University of Pittsburgh Political Science majors have interned in a wide range of organizations, departments, agencies, and offices - both governmental and non-governmental. Students can seek out these opportunities, but are also encouraged to pursue their own in a specialty area of their interest. Students should also watch the department website for information on the most recent internship opportunities.

Read testimonials from students who have completed internships.

For more information, contact a departmental advisor by using the “schedule an advising meeting” button on the department website.

POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS AND PARTIES

  • Presidential election campaigns
  • Gubernatorial election campaigns
  • US Senate campaigns
  • US House campaigns
  • City of Pittsburgh mayoral campaigns
  • PA Supreme Court Justice campaigns
  • Allegheny County Democratic Committee
  • Republican Committee of Allegheny County

GOVERNMENTAL OFFICES AND AGENCIES

  • United States Commercial Service
  • United States Department of State
  • District offices of US Representatives
  • District offices of US Senators
  • District offices of PA Representatives
  • District office of PA Senators
  • City of Pittsburgh, Office of Council Members
  • Office of the Governor, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Office of the District Attorney, Allegheny County
  • Office of the District Attorney, Philadelphia County
  • Office of the Medical Examiner, Allegheny County
  • Office of the Mayor, City of Pittsburgh
  • Office of Magisterial District Court
  • Office of Blair County Court of Common Pleas
  • ADA Compliance Office, City of Pittsburgh

NON-GOVERNMENTAL, CORPORATE, AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

  • America Reads
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Blumling & Gusky (law offices)
  • Goldstein & Associates (law offices)
  • Federal Home Loan Bank Corporation
  • Global Pittsburgh
  • GSP Consulting
  • Make-a-Wish Foundation of Greater PA & Southern WV
  • National Flag Foundation (Boy Scouts of America)
  • Oakland Planning and Development Corporation
  • Peoples' Oakland
  • Pittsburgh Council for International Visitors
  • Pittsburgh League of Young Voters
  • Pittsburgh Technology Council
  • The Project to End Human Trafficking
  • Propel Schools
  • Teach for America
  • Thomas Merton Center
  • University of Pittsburgh, CERIS
  • University of Pittsburgh, External Relations
  • University of Pittsburgh, School of Law, Health Law Clinic
  • University of Pittsburgh, Study Abroad office
  • Women’s Law Project

Testimonials

"My experience at the Les Aspin Center was truly an enriching opportunity to engage with my interests in politics in the heart of Washington D.C. The educational combination of the hands-on internship on Capitol Hill and the lecture-oriented seminar about Congress provided a comprehensive view of the complex world of politics. The program allowed me to personally meet members of Congress and attend hearings with witnesses ranging from the Secretary of State to the CEO of a global cellular company. Thanks to the Les Aspin Center, I was given the opportunity to explore the Capitol complex and meet people I would never have had the chance to meet, including two current candidates for the office of the President of the United States. Additionally, living in the heart of the nation's capital allowed the students to immerse themselves in the cultural atmosphere of Washington D.C. This entire experience would not have been made possible without the help of The Pittsburgh Foundation and the J. Steele Gow scholarship. I wholeheartedly recommend this program to any student who has an interest in government and is willing to make the most out of a fantastic opportunity."

  -Eric Matava (Political Science and Economics major, University of Pittsburgh '12)