Where to find intern positions?

It is basically a student’s obligation to find an intern position. You can find intern positions in three fields: (1) Government (federal, state, city); (2) International Organizations; and (3) Non-profit Organizations.

  1. Government Placements
    1. Federal Positions
      1. Web access only: Federal agencies (www.usajobs.gov)
      2. Phone access (usually): Congress members
      3. Students can apply for the CUNY Washington D.C. Program :
        1. Generally, on-campus deadline is March for the summer internship
        2. Students will receive $2,000
        3. CUNY covers housing costs and provides an award
        4. Students will live and work in Washington D.C.
        5. Students must carry a minimum 3.2 GPA
        6. 6 credits will be allocated to those students who participate in the D.C. Program: 3 credits allocated for the fall semester for POL 5452 & 3 credits to Special Topics (POL 3999).

    2. New York State Positions
      1. The NY State Assembly Session Intern Program
      2. The NY State Senate Session Assistants Program
        1. Deadline: Usually late October
        2. Students receive awards to offset living expenses in Albany ($6,000 from New York State + $2,000 from CUNY)
        3. If students are selected for this intern program, students receive 12 credits for the Albany Internship Program itself, with an option for another 3 credits by arranging an independent study with a member of the Baruch Political Science faculty. So, up to 15-course credits can be arranged. Please see the Internship Coordinator for details.
        4. You need to consult with Prof. Myung-Koo Kang & Ms. John on how to do this.
      3. Model NYS Senate Session Project: The Model New York State Senate Session Project is an annual leadership development program, run by the ETR Internship Program in collaboration with the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force of the New York State Legislature and the State University of New York

    3. City Positions
      1.  Caucus CUNY Scholars Program
        1. Students are placed in the offices of City Council members of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic or Asian legislative caucuses.
        2. Only available for the Spring semester
        3. Deadline is Mid or Late November
        4. Students must work 10-15 hours per week
        5. 3 Credits will be assigned for POL 5452
      2. The CUNY Women’s Public Service Internship Program
        1. Available only for the fall semester
        2. Focused on women’s leadership training
        3. Students will receive $2,000 stipend
        4. Deadline: usually July
      3. Phone access: NYC Council Members: Several members of the Council are involved in “Participatory Budgeting” (or immigration issues through “CUNY Citizenship Now
      4. NYC Public Advocate office
      5. D.A.’s office
      6. Office of the Mayor (All departments)
      7. Comptroller summer internships (appointment by March)

  2. International Placements
    1. United Nations Internship Program: Only for seniors
    2. International Rescue Committee: Humanitarian crises such as refugees in the world
    3. Human Rights Watch: Human rights issue worldwide
    4. Freedom House: Dedicated for free institutions worldwide
    5. Council on Foreign Relations: International affairs
    6. Madre: For women and families worldwide

  3. Other Non-profit Organizations
    1. Good Government: Citizen’s Union
    2. Women’s Rights: Now-NYC, NY Women’s Foundation
    3. Latino Community: ASPIRA
    4. African-American Community: Urban League
    5. Asian Community: Asian Americans for Equality
    6. Social Welfare Issues: United Way, Children’s Aid Society
    7. Environmental Issues: National Resources Defense Council, Environmental Defense Fund, Rainforest Alliance

# Also, please subscribe the listserve by the Political Science Department and the Facebook page of the Political Science Department, which often announce good internship positions and fellowship opportunities.

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