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Internship Program

Our nationally recognized internship program gives students the opportunity to apply what they have learned in the classroom to the real world of politics. Student interns make valuable networking contacts that assist them in their formal education and their chosen careers.

Placement Opportunities

Students are placed in the area of greatest interest to them, such as:

  • National, State, and County political party headquarters
  • Congressional offices
  • Campaigns
  • Campaign consultants
  • Interest groups
  • Elected public officials,
  • Federal agencies
  • Ohio General Assembly
  • And many more

Some places students often have internships:

  • Northeast Ohio
  • Columbus
  • Washington D.C.
  • International


  • Open to all University of Akron students
  • Minimum GPA 2.2
  • Prerequisite: three political science courses or instructor permission
  • Two to nine hours of academic credit*

*Variable credit hours are available depending upon the type of internship. Some internships offer a stipend.

    For more information, please contact Dr. Nancy Marion at

    For Placement Agencies

    Interested in becoming a Placement Agency? 

    Students are placed in the areas of Applied Politics, Criminal Justice, Political Science and Public Administration.

    Please complete this questionnaire and we will contact you to discuss your needs.

    If you have additional questions, please contact Dr. Nancy Marion at

    Intern Spotlight

    Madison Carpenter, Congressional Internship with Senator Sherrod Brown

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    Madison Carpenter (third from left) with Senator Brown (middle) and fellow interns.

    Working for the U.S. Senate was an extraordinary opportunity to exercise my knowledge and skills in Political Science. My internship not only provided me with endless knowledge on how to serve Ohio well, but I also gained insight into future career paths I could see myself doing. 

    My time during my internship was split between Constituent Services and Legislative work on foreign policy and voting rights. I would help answer the phones and assist Ohioans with their needs along with helping my intern coordinators with tasks. On the legislative side,  I got to do many tasks such as draft constituent response letters, attend educational discussions on foreign policy topics with academics and professionals in the field then write memos afterward, and do research when asked. 

     My most memorable experience during my internship was meeting the Senator himself. He took his time getting to know all of us and why we chose to intern for him. He gave me a signed copy of his book, Desk 88, which I will keep on my bookshelf forever. 

     I'd like to extend a huge thank you to Dr. Cohen, Professor Cole, and the other staff at the Bliss Institute for not only helping me find this internship but motivating me to do my best and never give up! I'm forever grateful for the MAP program and for helping me find my way.

    Morgan Booker, Ohio Legislative Black Caucus

    Morgan Booker

    Working for the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus was one of, if not the most memorable experience of my political career. Not only did I gain invaluable experience working in and around the Ohio Statehouse, I was able to gain connections through networking events and the friendships I made with my fellow interns. I was able to split my time between working as an intern with the Caucus, helping to draft official communications and as an intern with Representative Stephanie Howse of OH-11, researching senior care facilities in the district.

    One of my more memorable experiences from working at the Caucus was the ability to celebrate Juneteenth with the oldest black caucus in the country. As a young black woman who was eager to create lasting change with policy, it was a day full of excitement and gratitude. I want to thank Jenni and Dr. Cohen for helping me find this internship, and the entire Bliss Institute for helping me get there!