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Several different internships are available to political science majors, locally and out of town (a GPA of 2.7 is a prerequisite for these internships).

Internship Sites

Out of Town

Washington D.C. Internship Program
Nazareth College has established an internship program in Washington D.C. in cooperation with the Washington Internship Institute (WII). Nazareth students can live and intern in the Washington D.C. area for a semester and earn 15 credits. WII has internships for students in nearly every major. (3.0 GPA required). 15 credits.

New York State Legislature in Albany
Students have the opportunity to participate in state government and the legislative process by interning in either the New York State Assembly or Senate.  Students live in Albany and are assigned to work for the entire semester for either a State Assembly Representative or a State Senator. (In Spring 2009 the stipend provided to interns was $4,140.) 15 credits.

Local - Legislative

In all these legislative internships, students are responsible for researching projects, researching and responding to constituent requests, attending meetings, writing summary briefs, doing computer work and performing various administrative tasks. Internships are available at the following offices.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer or Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Students work for a semester in the Rochester office of U.S. Senator. 3 credits.

U.S. House of Representatives
Students work for a semester in the Rochester office of Congressperson who represents a Rochester area district. 3 credits.

New York State Senator or Assembly Representative
Students work for a semester in the Rochester office of a New York State Assembly person or Senator who represents a Rochester area district. 3 credits.

Monroe County Legislature: Democratic or Republican Office
Students serve as legislative aides and have many duties. They research constituent problems, research and write legislative proposals, maintain media files, prepare bulk mailings for legislators, and attend meetings of legislative committees and of the full County Legislature. 3 credits.

Local - State Government

State of New York Executive Department - Division of Human Rights
Student interns are assigned to assist in the enforcement of laws against discrimination in employment, housing, credit and public accommodations. They are responsible for intake work, interviewing of witnesses in human rights cases, reviewing and analyzing case investigation records, drafting proposed rulings in discrimination cases, attending investigatory conferences, preparing reports on interviews and conferences, and updating files. 3 credits.

Governor of New York - Rochester Office
New York State Governor David A. Paterson's Rochester/Finger Lakes Office accepts interns to provide assistance and support to his staff. This work provides students with an experience that exposes them to government, public policy and significant work with real responsibilities in our eight county region. 3 credits.

Local - City of Rochester Government

Office of the Mayor
There are a wide variety of placements available in the Office of the Mayor of Rochester. Students assist in special projects, deal with the concerns of city residents, prepare reports and attend meetings of officials in city government. 3 credits.

Urban Government and Politics Internship
Nazareth cooperates with St. John Fisher College in this semester long internship. Students can work in the government of the City of Rochester or Monroe County or in civic and political organizations. Interns are exposed to new career choices and a better understanding and appreciation of Greater Rochester. The college courses required for this internship are: courses PSC 484 (6 credits), PSC 485 (3 credits) and POSC 488 (3 credits) at St John Fisher. Administered by Dr. Timothy Kneeland. 12 credits.

For more information, visit the Professional Internship Program website.

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