Internship Courses

POSC 395: Directed Governmental and Political Leadership Internship

This course is designed to give students firsthand experience in the world of politics. Placements are available with elected officials, political consultants, non-governmental organizations, state and local government agencies, environmental organizations, political parties and campaigns, interest groups, political media and more. Internships provide exciting opportunities to participate in the political process and help students gain insight into the nature of political institutions and learn about important policy debates.  Internship opportunities also help students obtain practical experience and build invaluable relationships with potential future employers, all while earning college credit.

POSC 395 is an upper-division course which can count toward the Political Science major/minor, as well as other majors/minors (e.g. International Relations, Human Rights, Peace & Conflict Studies).  The primary requirements of the internship course are to work at your internship for the required number of hours per week, and to fulfill the assignments required for the class.

POSC 395: California Policy Research Internship

USC students who enroll in POSC 395: California Policy Research Internship will have the opportunity to conduct extensive research and analysis on a major public policy challenge facing California.

Students will take part in a team-based research project where they will work to develop potential solutions in their respective policy areas by conducting interviews with policy experts and reviewing academic and policy reports and other primary and secondary sources.  At the conclusion of their internship, each policy group will present their work to leaders in the realm of policy, politics, and public service.

You must meet with an Internship Associate to pursue these internship opportunities. Contact, or visit the Unruh Institute in VKC Rm 263 for more information.

Internship Database

Begin your keyword search for internships geared to your academic career and interests.  And be sure to visit the Unruh Institute in VKC Rm 263 for more information.

Career Possibilities

Political Science students have a vast array of career options to explore with a POSC degree or minor, such as

·Policy Analyst

·Foreign Service Worker

·Media Specialist


·Urban Policy Planner


·Political Consultant

·Historical Archivist/Researcher

·attend law school or business school

·pursue graduate-level degrees in a number of the humanities

Other Career and Internship Resources


Visit USC's Career Center for more post-graduation planning and career guidance.

And you should always feel free to make an appointment with POSC's Academic Advising Office to discuss internship opportunities and career possibilities.

  • Department of Political Science