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Why Pursue an Internship

Internships are an excellent way to gain practical “real world” experience in a field of interest. According to an article in the Washington Post, "students who dedicate time and effort to their major or an outside-the-classroom activity, secure multiple internships during their four years, and take on leadership roles are more likely to possess the skills needed for the workforce."

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Types of Internships

Many types of internships are available in Charleston, D.C., throughout the U.S. and abroad. Internship possibilities include political campaigns, government agencies, public defender’s offices, planning departments, nonprofits, and congressional offices. Political science students have the opportunity to pursue internships for credit but do not have to earn credit. 

Credit-Based Internship Information   •    Non Credit-Based Internship Information

Internship Resources

Resources are available to College of Charleston political science students on this website and the internship coordinator, Kristin Wichmann and members of the political science faculty can assist in recommending potential internships, but students are ultimately responsible for arranging their internships. For more details visit:

Local Internships    •    Internships Outside of Charleston

Possible Funding Sources

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences   •   Career Center Internship Award

Political Science Internship Coordinator:
Kristin Wichmann
114 Wentworth Street, Rm. 104
Phone: 843.953.5724


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Posted on 10 November 2016 | 3:11 pm
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Posted on 19 February 2016 | 9:55 am
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Senior Gains Presidential Campaign Experience
Posted on 2 February 2016 | 9:02 am
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