Political Science

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The Political Science Department at California State University Northridge offers numerous internships and special programs that promote community involvement, social and academic support. These internships and special programs frequently provide professional preparation and career enhancement. They extend and enhance classroom learning and provide practical experience in government and politics. If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please click on the appropriate link below for more information.


The  DC Internship Program offers students the chance to live and learn in the nation's capital for a full semester. Interns work in congressional offices, agencies, advocacy organizations, law firms, and in private firms.  Classes are offered with on-site faculty in the evenings and students earn up to 15 units towards graduation in the program.  For more information, visit our DC Internship Program page or please email Dr. Becker at .  


Judicial Internships allow students to observe courtroom operations and assist judges in their work. Interns are assigned to individual judges in the Los Angeles Superior Court for the semester.  Judicial interns enroll in POLS 494J and earn three units towards graduation.  For more information, visit our Judicial Internships page or please email Dr. Bradberry at .

Political Science Internships allow students to have first-hand experience working in government, public policy, and for non-profits.  In the past, interns have worked for elected officials, agencies, non-profits, and various local advocacy organizations.  Students generally need to find their own internship but our Internship Coordinator can help you with your search.  Interns enroll in POLS 494I and earn up to three units towards graduations.  For more information, contact Dr. Hogen-Esch at .

Sacramento Internships offer students a chance to observe and participate first-hand in California State government. Interns are assigned to a State government office or State office-holder's staff, and spend considerable time in Sacramento. They earn up to twelve units credit and scholarships are available. To learn more or to apply, please contact Dr. Tom Hogen-Esch at


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Model United Nations (MUN) affords students the opportunity to learn the operations of the U.N. through simulation of the General Assembly Security Council and other agencies. Participants understand and defend policies of other countries' foreign policy. Skills in strategy, negotiation, and debate are developed as students strive to have their nation's views be successful in the "mock" UN. MUN students may participate in off-campus conferences and in the national MUN held in New York. Students earn 3 units credit.  For more information, visit our Model United Nations page or please contact Dr. De Maio at .

 To obtain specific information on internships and special programs, or to request application forms, contact the Political Science office:

Department of Political Science
California State University Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St., SH 210
Northridge, CA 91330-8254
(818) 677-3488