Internships

The Department of Political Science & International Affairs offers internships for academic credit in a variety of exciting and educational settings during spring, summer and fall semesters. Examples of ongoing internship opportunities are listed below. In addition, students have interned at the Colorado General Assembly, local lobbying firms, political campaigns, and private law firms. National and international internships have included the U.S. State Department in Ireland, Italy, Germany, Argentina, and Washington, D.C., a multi-national mining company in Peru, the offices of Members of the U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C. and lobbying firms in D.C.

Three-credit internships require a minimum of 135 hours for the semester (or nine hours per week for 15 weeks); you should be aware, however, that many internships require more hours per week, usually 12-15, but typically offer very flexible schedules. Students may earn up to 10 credits through the internship program, but only three credits will fulfill requirements of the Political Science major or minor or the International Affairs major. Once you have found an internship it must be approved by Professor Olivo before you can register for PSCI 392: Internship. Any questions (or requests for some applications) should be directed to Professor Olivo at christiane.olivo@unco.edu

There are many BENEFITS to including an internship as part of your college education:*

Internships provide a crucial advantage in your job search: According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), 95 percent of employers reported that degree-related job experience is a factor in hiring decisions. And nearly half of those surveyed wanted new graduates to have internship experience. In fact, the research director of the Collegiate Employment Research Institute noted that internship experience is “just one of those things you have to have before employers will even consider looking at your resume.”

You may get paid more when you graduate if you’ve done an internship: NACE reported that entry-level employees with internship experience were paid 6.5 percent more than those without internship experience. Another survey found that graduates in the social sciences who had completed an internship were paid $6000/year more than those without internship experience.

You will develop many skills crucial to success in your future career: The internships available to students in Political Science and International Affairs are not just about “paper pushing.” You will take on serious responsibilities, learn professionalism, and hone key skills—such as interpersonal, teamwork, communication, leadership, and problem-solving—all of which employers are eager to find in job candidates.

You will build your network and resume: Everyone you meet in an internship is a potential contact for your network, someone you can call on for advice, referrals and references when you are job-hunting. Career-related experience on your resume makes a better impression on potential employers than, say, your experience as a server at the Olive Garden.

Finally, you will learn a lot and have fun! Political Science and International Affairs students consistently report that their internships were a GREAT experience.

* Adapted from “Quintessential Careers: College Students: You Simply Must Do an Internship (Better Yet: Multiple Internships)!” By Katherine Hansen

The following internships hire for all semesters including summer. Contact them to inquire about application deadlines. APPLY NOW FOR SUMMER INTERNSHIPS.

POLITICAL AND GOVERNMENT-RELATED INTERNSHIPS:


City and County of Denver: Go to www.denvergov.org/jobs
Click on Search Jobs; at the top of the jobs list click on “Emp. Type” and all available internships will come up first. There are many different opportunities.

U.S. Congressman Ken Buck: Internships available in the Greeley and Washington, D.C. offices. Go to: www.buck.house.gov/services/internships

Colorado Governor’s Office: Go to www.colorado.gov/governor
Look under Quick Links for Internships.

Weld County Democratic Party: To apply, contact Savanah Urban, President, Urban Recruiting & Consulting, LLC at surban@recruiturban.com or 303-651-2275.

City of Greeley:  Internships in a wide variety of city offices. Contact Prof Olivo for the application and information.

U.S. Senator Cory Gardner: Contact Prof Olivo for information.

LAW-RELATED INTERNSHIPS:


Weld County Office of Colorado Public Defender: For information and application instructions, contact Mr. Jim Glass, Lead Investigator, at Jim.Glass@coloradodefenders.us or 970-353-8224, ext. 1454. APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED AT THE BEGINNING OF APRIL.

Larimer County District Attorney: Go to http://www.larimer.org/da/intern_vol.htm

Weld County District Attorney: Go to http://www.co.weld.co.us/Departments/DistrictAttorney/AbouttheOffice/Internships.html

INTERNSHIPS WITH NON-PROFIT OR COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS:


A Woman’s Place: Non-profit located in Greeley with variety of internship opportunities. For information and to apply, contact: volunteer@awpd.org or 970-351-0476.

Global Refugee Center: Non-profit located in Greeley. Go to: www.grccolorado.org for information and talk to Prof Olivo.

Greeley Chamber of Commerce: For information about the Chamber’s activities, go to www.greeleychamber.com Contact Kim Barbour (970-352-3566 or Kim@GreeleyChamber.com) for information about internships.

PUBLIC POLICY-RELATED INTERNSHIPS:


CoPIRG (Colorado Public Interest Research Group): Action for Change Internship Program. For information and to apply, go to http://www.copirg.org/page/jobs

NARAL-Pro-Choice Colorado: Go to www.prochoicecolorado.org/about-us/jobs-and-internships.shtml

 

NOTE: THIS LIST REPRESENTS ONLY A FRACTION OF INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE. STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO TAKE THE INITIATIVE TO SEEK OUT OTHER INTERNSHIPS IN THEIR AREA OF INTEREST.