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An internship experience with a congressional office, government agency, law firm or non-profit organization can be deeply rewarding and provide insight into possible career tracks. Working with specific organizations during college can also lead to a permanent position after graduation.
Students can earn academic credit for an internship through the Department of Political Science. In order to get academic credit, students must sign up for PSC 392 during the Quarter of their internship and must have a minimum of 100 hours of work experience with an organization (though this can be spread over more than one quarter). The students must also work with the Department's intern coordinator (or another faculty member) to produce a few short papers reflecting on their experience. The Department intern coordinator can help students find a position and will also ensure that the prospective internship qualifies for credit. The coordinator (or faculty member) will also work out the details of the academic part of the internship. Credit is not given simply for doing a job that is related to politics or government; there must be an academic component to the class.
Identifying an Internship Location
Students can find an internship position through the Political Science Department, the University Career Center, or on their own. A listing of organizations, offices and law firms where DePaul students have worked in the past is below. In addition, DePaul's Career Center keeps a file of internship opportunities. Alternately, students can contact any of the offices listed below directly about such opportunities.
As you will note from the listing below, most federal government departments and agencies have internship positions available, and many are in the Chicago area. There are also numerous internships available with federal and state legislators, local government offices, non-profit organizations and local law firms or other legal service providers. The listing below is designed to help you identify opportunities and organizations that might be suitable to you.
Where to get more information
Please contact the Political Science Department at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional advice and information or reach out to the DePaul University Career Center.
The following is a partial listing of offices where DePaul Political Science majors have interned in the past. More information on the internships, how to apply, and deadlines for application can be found via the links provided below.
Disclaimer: This list of websites is provided for informational purposes. Please note that by clicking on any of the links below, you will leave our website and enter a privately-owned website belonging to an outside organization. Providing links to these websites is not an endorsement of their products, services, or privacy/security policies.
Senator Dick Durbin Chicago Office
Senator Tammy Duckworth
Rep. Mike Quigley (5thDistrict)
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (9thDistrict)
Rep. Jesus Chuy Garcia (4thDistrict)
https://www.cbcfinc.org/internships/ and https://www.cbcfinc.org/leadership-institute/pathways/
Also, for permanent positions (and internships in other Congressional offices) see:
U.S. Senate Placement Office
U.S. House of Representatives Vacancy Announcement and Placement Office
U.S. Government Agencies
U.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Commerce
U.S. Department of Justice
U.S. Department ofState
U.S. Department of the Treasury
White House Internship Program
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)https://www.cia.gov/careers/student-opportunities/undergraduate-students.html
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) – Includes Chicago Based internships.
Government Accountability Office (GAO) – Includes Chicago Based internships.
U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
Political Party Organizations
Democratic National Committee
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
Republican National Committee
National Republican Congressional Committee
National Republican Senatorial Committee
Governor Pritzker’s Office
State Senator, Sara Feigenholtz - https://www.senatorsara.com
State Representative, Ann Williams - https://www.repannwilliams.com (Lincoln Park)
State Representative, Margaret Croke - https://crokeforillinois.com (Lakeview)
Serve Illinois/Americorps Illinois – Volunteerism and Community Service
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
State of IL judicial internships
This second link contains a number of listings for the City of Chicago, including:
-Chicago Fire Department
-Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA)
-Cultural Affairs and Special Events
-The Mayor’s Office
-Office of the City Treasurer
-Office of the Inspector General
-Small Business Development
Alderman Brendan Reilly (Ward 42) City of Chicago
Alderman Michele Smith (Ward 43) (Lincoln Park)
Alderman Tom Tunney (Ward 44) (Lakeview)
A complete listing of Aldermans can be found here:
and a map of the wards here: https://www.chicago.gov/content/dam/city/about/banners/WardsOverviewMap.pdf
Cook County/President Preckwinkle
Cook County Public Defender’s Office
Cook County State’s Attorney
Cook County Sheriff’s Office
Chicago/Cook County Workforce Partnership
Economic Development, Equity and Social Service Providers
Citizens Action of Illinois
Research on exploitation of pay day loans
Metropolitan Planning Council
-Dedicated to a more equitable, sustainable Chicago. Has programs in Housing, Accountable Government, Environmental justice, and Economic development. Offers paid and unpaid Research Assistant positions and internships.
Heartland Alliance – Heartland Alliance is one of the premier non-governmental social service providers in the City of Chicago. The work in areas of housing, poverty alleviation, immigration, economic development and health care. You can find out more about their work at:
Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN)
Schriver Center on Poverty Law
Thinktank and advocacy group focused on poverty and economic and racial justice.
Immigration and Refugee Issues
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Social and Legal Service provider and cultural organization based in Little Village.
National Immigrant Justice Program
Part of Heartland Alliance. Provides legal services to refugees, immigrants and asylum seekers.
Works with the US State Department Refugee Admissions program to resettle refugees in the Chicago area.
The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights
Provides legal services to unaccompanied minors and separated children facing deportation.
International Labor Organization (ILO—US):
SEIU – Service Employees International Union
Gender and LGBTQ Issues
Apna Ghar (South Asian Women’s Shelter and Legal Aid)
Chicago Bar Foundation
United Way of Metropolitan Chicago
Foreign Consulates and Trade Missions in Chicago:
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
National Council on U.S. Arab Relations
Bulletin of Atomic Scientists
American Friends Service Committee
Cabrini Green Legal Aid
Uptown People’s Law Center
Public Interest Law Initiative
Law Offices of James E. Fabbrini
Firms associated with Chicago Bar Foundation’s Justice Entrepreneur’s Project:
Chokshi Filippone Law, LLC
Each of the following programs/funds provide upwards of $2500 for eligible undergraduates who are working in an unpaid internship. The deadlines for applications are generally during the quarter before you start your internship. More information on each program can be found via the links below.
DePaul University Internship Plus Program
DePaul University Community and Project Based Learning Internship Scholarships
DePaul University Career Readiness and Experience Fund
DePaul Political Science Cathy May Endowed Scholarship Awards
Updated on March 19, 2021. Please report any non-working links to email@example.com.