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Employment and Internships

The Political Science Department has information available on internship and career opportunities on our Facebook page. Joining is easy, just click on the Facebook link by scrolling down on this page, look to the right and click “Facebook Group.” Confirm your email and you are ready to go!

You can also check out Lewis & Clark College’s Access InternCenter via the Career Engagement website.

Below are examples of internships that our students have completed along with what they had to say about their experiences:

Garrison Cox, Class of 2016 — City Club, Portland, OR 

“Interning at City Club gave me the opportunity to learn how a small nonprofit works.  The organization’s commitment to engaging with novel topics and using research to make recommendations on policy is a great benefit to the City of Portland, and my position there allowed me to meet many of the important figures in Portland and witness one way that research interacts with policymaking.”

Leann Knapp, Class of 2016 — Democratic Party of Oregon, Portland, OR

“I felt that I made great connections at this internship and learned a lot about the way state politics functions, but often felt like I wasn’t doing significant work and didn’t feel there was much of an internship program, but rather interns that worked in the office but not with enough guidance.”

Sari Berger, Class of 2016 — Senator Feinstein, San Diego, California

“I really enjoyed my internship. I liked the people I worked with, and what I was doing. More often than not the work was interesting, and I was learning and doing new things most days. I gained skills needed to work in an office as well as communication skills. Part of the job was research, which gave me the opportunity to learn new things about unusual topics. As first person in line of contact for those who called the office, I got to interact with interesting people and learn about how people felt on the political issues of the day. There were some portions of the work that were low-end-of-totem-pole jobs, and if you cannot handle listening to people who fundamentally disagree with you this job is not a good fit, but overall I think it was a good position, and would recommend it.”

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