Internship Opportunities

Penn in Washington

Penn in Washington supports and encourages students who are interested in pursuing public policy internships and careers in the nation’s capital. PIW maintains an extensive database of opportunities in Washington and has enlisted more than 500 alumni in the Washington area who meet with students throughout the year. Participants in the four credit semester program are taught by active policy professionals, meet in small groups with dozens of policy leaders, and are challenged by some of the best internships available. During the summer PIW arranges several events a week for all Penn students spending the summer in Washington. Penn in Washington is co-sponsored by the Robert A. Fox Leadership Program and is housed in the department of political science. More information is available at

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

University of Pennsylvania
The Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics
133 S. 36th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6215
Phone: (215) 898-7641

Nicholas Sambanis Chair
Alex Weisiger Graduate Chair
Daniel Hopkins Undergraduate Chair