Political Science Opportunities

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Awards & Scholarships

  • Pitt-Greensburg Scholarships
  • The Aaron Slafka Memorial Service Award, created in 2014. Aaron Slafka, a 2008 Political Science graduate, was a respected student leader and athlete, who loved Pitt-Greensburg. He passed away unexpectedly, in April 2014, at the age of 29 after a long battle with epilepsy. This award is presented to a junior or senior majoring in Political Science and who is able to demonstrate service to the University, as well as perseverance and the ability to overcome adversity.
  • The Vira I Heinz Women in Global Leadership Scholarship for sophomore and junior women students whom have never traveled outside the US, eligibility for a $5,000 scholarship and remarkable training and opportunities. Go to the website linked above or speak with Dr. Pilar Herr (History) at pmh3@pitt.edu.

Career/Internship Information

Our program has many internship opportunities for you every semester as well as during the summer. Our Political Science students have interned with local law firms, county government, political parties, candidate campaigns, state and local government, and with other elected officials.

The American Political Science Association provides information and links to numerous organizations that support and run internship programs in the field of political science.

The Institute on Economics & International Affairs offers summer academic internship programs in Washington DC and are accredited by Georgetown University. For information go to www.DCinternships.org/IEIA. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until March of every year.

The James A. Finnegan Foundation offers students an opportunity to intern with State Government Executive Officers at the Capitol in Harrisburg during summers. The internships are paid and also include $1500 or $1000 awards. Please go to https://www.FinneganFoundation.org for information on the program, how to apply, and deadlines.

The Local Government Academy Municipal Internship Program is an excellent way for students to get hands on experience with their local municipal governments here in Western Pennsylvania.

PoliticsPA, the state’s top political news website, needs interns who can help report on the myriad political issues and federal and state campaigns in PA. Students with an interest in political science or journalism (or both) would be ideal. They are accepting applications for positions both in the state and Washington DC. It’s an opportunity to cover Pennsylvania politics first hand and build a portfolio of published writing. The internship can be completed almost anywhere. Students with significant interest in both journalism and politics are encouraged to apply. Contact: PoliticsPA.com at 267-253-9702, or visit to their website at: https://www.politicspa.com/

The Washington Center - Internships and Academic Seminars in Washington, DC in a wide range of political issue areas.

Explore the successful internship experiences completed by the following Political Science students - and learn more about finding an internship!

Clubs/Honor Societies/Organizations

Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society.

Pre-Law Group, which prepares students interested in going on to law school through concerted faculty-to-student advising, relevant course enrollment and planning, preparation for the Law School Admissions Tests (LSATs), the law school application process, and the expectations of rigorous law school programs.

Pitt-Greensburg Democrats, a student club for students interested in politics , especially those linked with the Democratic Party.

Pitt-Greensburg College Republicans, a student club for students interested in politics, especially those linked with the Republican Party.

Student Government Association (SGA), the student governance institution here at Pitt-Greensburg. We encourage political science students to engage in practical politics and get governing and budgeting experience by getting involved with SGA. Many of our past SGA presidents have been Political Science majors and minors.

Graduate Studies

Graduate School of Public & International Affairs (GSPIA) at the University of Pittsburgh

Law Schools – numerous Pitt, Duquesne, Ohio Northern, etc.

Other masters and doctoral programs – Penn State (MPP), University of Maryland (Ph.D.), etc.

Study Abroad

Dr. Paul S. Adams regularly offers PS/HIST1969 a spring break study abroad opportunity that travels to Dublin and Belfast.

Research Efforts/Opportunities

You will have opportunities to engage in experiential research opportunities with our faculty in several ways.

The Green Scholar Program is designed to provide opportunities for Pitt-Greensburg’s best students to acquire research experience by working with faculty on scholarly projects in each of three academic divisions. Green Scholars receive a stipend for their research work; the program allows students to focus on their education rather than working at part-time jobs in fields unrelated to their academic majors. Faculty benefit from the collaboration of a "junior" research partner. Students are nominated to be a "Green Scholar" to serve during their junior and senior years.

The Center for Applied Research (CFAR) allows students to obtain paid research positions working with our faculty on community-related research and data analysis projects.