The Washington Semester Program
Students also have the option of enrolling in the Washington Semester Program, which enables students to live and work in Washington for a semester while taking courses that are treated as courses taught on the Penn campus. The program is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors, but freshman may apply after completing one semester at Penn. Applications for each semester are accepted beginning in September of the preceding academic year. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. For more information, contact Dr. Eileen Doherty-Sil or, for information on internships, Dr. Deirdre Martinez.
Other Internship Opportunities
Political Science majors are encouraged to pursue internships related to political affairs, particularly during the summer. Generally, internships are not given course credit. Under certain circumstances, however, a student may be able to arrange an independent study in advance with a faculty advisor with the intention of preparing a graded research paper that builds on projects undertaken in the course of the internships. Please note that this latter option is not guaranteed and that no Political Science credit is given for internships coordinated or accredited by another college or university.
Examples of PSCI summer internship placements