Interns with State Representatives at Albany State House


Internships are a great way to explore different career paths.  As a political scientist, you may want to learn about local, state and federal government, serve on a campaign, intern with a social justice advocacy group or an international organization, or intern at the Attorney General’s Office.

Fall or spring internships are generally for 10 to 12 hours a week.  Internships in the summer can be full-time, and internships in Albany or Washington, D.C., which include classes, are also full-time.  Internships can be paid, unpaid or include a stipend.  You can receive college credit for your internship if you take the Public Affairs Internship Seminar, taught by Anasa Scott.

If you would like assistance locating the internship that is right for you, please email the political science internship coordinator, Karen Struening, at .  She can help you identify some internships to which you would like to apply, advise you on writing cover letters and resumes, and talk to you about how an internship fits into your academic career.

Colin Powell School Semester in Washington, DC Program

This program combines a full-time internship with networking opportunities, guest lectures and other cultural activities.  Students must apply for the program in April for the following spring semester. The program provides free housing; stipends are available.  To apply, students must be full-time CCNY juniors and seniors and have a demonstrated interest in national and international affairs.  Students also must have a 3.0 or above GPA.  The application includes an application form, resume, transcripts, personal statement and two letters of recommendation.  For more information, please contact Akasha Solis at or Karen Struening NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS THROUGHOUT SUMMER

Edward T. Rogowsky CUNY Internships


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Contact Karen Struening for help with application and summer/fall internships at

Women’s Public ServiceState Legislature, New York CityFall 2018July 11, 2018

3.0 GPA

30 credits

2 LORs 

$200010-12 hours
Caucus CUNY ScholarsBlack, PR, Hispanic & Asian Legislative CaucusSpring 2019Fall 2018

3.0 GPA

30 credits


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$200010-12 hours
NYS Assembly Session Intern ProgramNYS Assembly AlbanySpring 2019October 2018 

3.0 GPA 

30 credits

1 LOR 

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$5,850 for living expenses

$2,000 toward courses

Full-time internship

& 12 credits
CUNY Washington, D.C. ProgramWashington, DCSummer 2019March 8, 2018


3.2 GPA

Housing paid for

Full-time internship & 12 credits


Hear What Gray Winsler has to say about the Rogowsky Internship in Albany!

The Albany internship is a great experience for anyone looking to get into politics. Throughout the five months here you’ll get to know the ins and outs of how Albany operates through attending committee meetings, watching debates on the Assembly floor, drafting bills, and engaging in other legislative activities. Work varies from office to office. Some interns act as a chiefs of staff for their member, others answer their members’ phones, take meetings with lobbyists, and prepare weekly email blasts. There is also lots of free food provided for interns, and more bagels than you could ever need. From a networking perspective, you will get to know lots and lots of folks through this program, and many interns are offered a job at the end of the semster. It’s also a nice feeling to walk down the halls of the capital and have Assemblymembers, lobbyists, and staffers recognize you. (Pro tip: Wear fun socks. People love fun socks.) Participating in the Albany program also gives you an edge in the more competitive Rogowsky summer internship in Washington D.C.


Internship of the Week

Fall Internships 2018 Defending Asian American Voting Rights for Undergraduate, Graduate, and Law Students

Voting Rights Intern Responsibilities:

Election monitoring to ensure that Asian Americans are treated fairly at the polls and to document violations of the Voting Rights Act and the federal Constitution. The Voting Rights Act mandates the availability of Asian language assistance and forbids anti-Asian voter discrimination.

Work with pro bono lawyers at corporate law firms and volunteer law students to inspect poll sites for compliance with the Voting Rights Act and the Help America Vote Act.  

Coordinate a survey of Asian American voters to document the use of bilingual ballots and report on Asian American voting patterns. The survey will be taken at numerous poll sites across the nation. Interns will recruit, train, and supervise volunteers, as well as coordinate logistics at three dozen polling locations.

Register new voters after citizenship swearing-in ceremonies.

Conduct research and advocacy on local, state, and federal election reform proposals.

Description of Fall Internships: 

Supervision: Interns are supervised by attorneys through regular meetings and trainings.

Compensation: These internships are not paid positions, but academic credit, college work-study, or a clinical placement can be arranged.

Hours: Interns work anywhere between 12 to 25 hours per week in the office.

Duration: The internship usually follows the semester, commencing with the start of classes and goes to the first or second week of December.

To Apply:

Bilingual ability is helpful but not required and languages (if any) should be stated in the resume. Applicants should also state the number of hours they are looking to contribute per week and a possible schedule. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Send a resume and cover letter to: Voting Rights Fall Intern Search, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), 99 Hudson Street, 12th floor, New York, New York 10013-2815, Fax: 212-966-4303, Email: