There are many ways to gain experience and marketable skills outside the classroom. You might participate in the Midwest Model EU, serve as an undergraduate teaching intern in our department, study overseas, or volunteer in the community. Through the POLS DC Internship Program, you can also pursue an internship in Washington, D.C.
Midwest Model EU
In the Midwest Model European Union (MMEU), students take on the roles of EU officials: foreign ministers, economics ministers, and members of the European Commision, among others—to solve the Europe's most pressing economic, social, and political problems. Those interested can enroll in POLS-X476 and receive course credit.
You can also enroll in POLS-X476 to participate in experimental research, simulations, or moot court sessions.
Undergraduate teaching interns
Our interns participate in various areas of faculty-directed activities, such as directing simulations, grading, teaching discussion sections, and conducting research. Many of our interns work with Professor Dina Spechler in the fall and spring semesters in conjunction with her Y351 Model UN course.
Several of our Political Science students have received Truman Scholarships, awards which seek to promote public service. Truman Scholars receive funding worth up to $30,000 and assistance with career counseling, internship placement, graduate school admissions, and professional development.
Miles Taylor, Truman Scholar
Miles Taylor majored in Political Science and International Security Studies. His prestigious internships in Washington, D.C., included terms with the U.S. Department of Defense (2009 and 2007); the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (2008); The White House Office of the Vice President (2007); and the Arms Control Association (2006).
Political and Civic Engagement Certificate (PACE)
This interdisciplinary campus-wide program prepares you for a lifetime of participation in American political and civil life. Its interdisciplinary courses and activities develop communication, organization, decision-making, critical thinking, and leadership skills. PACE motivates you to be a knowledgeable, effective, and committed citizen.