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Note: for information about the Illinois in Washington (IIW) Program, visit the Office of Public Engagement's IIW webpage.

Political Internships in Illinois

While the university does not grant credit just for work, it is possible to earn political science credit for academic work completed in association with an internship. If you are enrolled in courses on campus and you are working more than ten hours per week on an internship that involves substantive work and training, you may seek permission to take the department's internship course.

There are many opportunities to do governmental or political internships in the Urbana-Champaign area. From city, state, county, and Congressmen's district offices, to political party organizations and campaigns, to non-governmental organizations working on an issue you are passionate about.

For more information about earning credit for your internship, review the section on "Other study options" under the subheading "Internships" in the political science undergraduate handbook. If you have questions or would like to pursue internship credit, see Professor Marie Henehan, Departmental Director of Internships, Lincoln Hall 321,, 244-1824.

Program Information
Sample Syllabus
List of Internships

The British Government Internship Program in London

The British Government Internship Program will be on hiatus for summer 2012, but is expected to resume in 2013. Updated information will be posted here when it is available.


The Vienna Diplomatic Program

This program is for students interested in international organizations and diplomacy; it takes students to Vienna, a UN city and the home of the headquarters of many international organizations, like the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and the organization for Security Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Students on the program take a three-week course on campus in the spring, followed by two weeks of orientation in Vienna. They then take courses at the University of Vienna or the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. Several courses in international relations or international studies (especially PS 280/281, PS 240, and PS 283) are highly recommended but not required prerequisites.

If you are interested, you should contact Professor Robert Pahre, who coordinates this program, or visit the program’s website.


Internships in Francophone Europe (IFE)
Paris Field Study and Internship Program

The IFE-Paris Field Study and Internship Program combines a semester of study abroad with an academic internship. A 3.0 GPA is required, as is proficiency in French, as the workplace experience, coursework, and research are all in French. IFE provides housing, courses, thorough training, placement, and guidance throughout the internship and research process.

This IFE program is approved by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for 12 credits. The first part of the program intensifies your knowledge of French and France and prepares you for the workplace experience. In the seventh week, you begin your internship, working alongside French professionals in a setting that matches your own interests.

Past placements have included La Ligue des Droits de l’Homme, Medecins sans Frontieres, Action Contre la Faim, SOS Racisme, le Mairie de Paris, the Finance Ministry, and the National Assembly. Besides the workplace experience you gain, you will bring home with you fluency in French, cross-cultural skills and knowledge, specialized skills in conducting field research study, and the beginnings of a professional network in France.

For more information, visit the IFE-Paris Field Study and Internship Program information pages at UIUC's Study Abroad website, or contact Professor Marie Henehan.