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 remarakable training and opportunities. Go to the website linked above or speak with Dr. Pilar Herr (History) at pmh3@pitt.edu.

Graduate Studies

Many political science graduates from Pitt-Greensburg go on to law school, graduate programs in politics, policy, or international relations. For more information contact your faculty advisor or Dr. Paul Adams at padams@pitt.edu.

Study Abroad

Pitt Greensburg students interested in Study Abroad Away have many different kinds of opportunities. For those interested in politics and political science, we often offer both Spring Break study abroad courses and summer courses through the Pitt Study Abroad Program. Specific study abroad opportunities from Pitt-Greensburg and run by Pitt Greensburg faculty can be access here. The programs through the main campus of the University of Pittsburgh Study Abroad programs are also open to Pitt Greensburg students.

One program for Political Science and other social science majors of interest for 2017-2018 taught by Dr. Paul S. Adams.

Spring 2018 Study Abroad Course for Belfast and Dublin - this 1 credit course in Spring 2018 includes a week (over Spring Break) in Belfast and Dublin.


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 Execeutive Officers at the Capitol in Harrisburg during summers. The internships are paid and also include $1500 or $1000 awards. Please go to http://www.FinneganFoundation.org for information on the program, how to apply, and deadlines.

The Local Government Academy Municpal 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 poli-sci 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: http://www.politicspa.com/

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

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.

College Democrats - The Pitt Greensburg College Democrats are a student club for students interested in politics , especially those linked with the Democratic Party. They work with local elected officials, the Westmoreland County Democratic Committee, and represntatives of the state and national Democratic Committees on numerous issues.

Student Government Association (SGA) - the SGA is 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.