Internships & Opportunities
If you're interested in electoral politics or campaigning, here are some way to get involved:
- Intern for, or talk to, an elected official here in the Bronx, in your hometown, or elsewhere. Let them know of your interest. Ask them how you can get involved.
- Volunteer on a political campaign. Every campaign is always in need of a few more hands. Find a campaign for someone you admire, and offer your time and talents. As you meet campaign professionals, ask them for advice.
- Join a local political club, or join the Young Republicans or Young Democrats.
- Start a political club on campus.
- Get some training. There are campaign training organizations for people of every political stripe. Conservative have the Leadership Institute and the Fieldman School.Progressive Democrats have the 21st Century and Wellstone Action. Emily's List Training and Job placement program for men and women:http://www.emilyslist.org
- Consider getting involved in the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC), a professional organization. Look for info about its Academic Outreach Conference, held each year on a college campus to attract young people hoping to make a career in politics. They can also help you find a mentor.
Washington D.C. and Albany Semesters
Manhattan College participates in four programs that enable students to obtain a greater understanding of how our state and federal government operate. These programs allow you to have an internship experience in the nation’s capitol, or the New York State Capitol, while earning college credits. For more information about any of these programs, contact Dr. Margaret Groarke, 718-862-7943, or Dr. Pamela Chasek, 718-862-7248.
American University Washington Semester Program: In this program, you choose from among 13 distinct semester programs allowing you to really delve into your specific field of interest. You spend two days a week interning in Washington, DC, and three days a week in a seminar that takes you all over the city. Program choices include: American politics, economic policy, foreign policy, IT and telecom policy, international business and trade, international environment and development, journalism, justice, peace and conflict resolution, public law, transforming communities, and women and public policy.
The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars: In this program, which you can participate in for a semester or during the summer, you will intern in Washington, DC, at least four days a week and take an academic course one evening a week. Internships are available in many fields, including accounting, arts, business, congress, education, environment, public administration, public policy, foreign policy, communications, law, science and women’s issues.
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Summer Internship: Most interns in Congress don't get paid. This is a rare opportunity to work for a member of Congress for a summer and receive a stipend, free housing, and free transportation to and from DC. Latino students with at least a 3.0 GPA may apply. Application usually due in January.
New York State Senate and New York State Assembly : Interested students will work full time in an office of an individual senator or assemblyman in Albany for a semester, and take two academic courses.
Marist College also offers a full-semester Albany internship program. Their program operates in the fall AND spring, and places students in internships in non-profit organizations, unions and lobbying firms carefully chosen to match the student's interest. For more information, www.marist.edu/albany-internships.
Other Internship Opportunities
Union Summer is a four-week educational internship program of the AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations). Students participate in union organizing drives and other campaigns for workers' rights and social justice. Union Summer was launched in 1996 and has graduated nearly 2,000 activists. Interns earn a weekly stipend. Learn more about Union Summer.
Century Institute Summer Program
The Century Institute Summer Program is a two-week fellowship designed to introduce undergraduate students to the progressive tradition in American public policy. Learn more about Century Institute Summer Program.
National Park Service
Want to work outdoors, and feel like you've made a contribution? Want to work with people, teach, or work with plants and animals? One of our national parks might be the right place for you to spend your summer. Check out this website www.nps.gov and the section on the National Park Service in Summer Jobs for Students, a book available in the Career Services Library.
Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)
Minority undergraduates are invited to apply for a summer program designed to prepare them for graduate study and faculty careers. Through the SROP students work on a research project guided by a faculty mentor and have the opportunity to explore a topic of interest at one of fifteen host CIC universities. Special educational enrichment activities such as workshops and social gatherings are also scheuled during the summer. Students receive a stipend. Learn more about Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)
Taking It Global
A webpage with listings of internships, study abroad, and professional opportunities around the world. Learn more about Taking It Global