Written By: Andrew Hoy, Intern, Career Enrichment Network

One of the best parts about a liberal arts degree is that students are able to take the skills they learn and apply them to countless different fields. Graduates may end up using their degree in industries they never thought they could. To make these positions more available to students, the Career Enrichment Network is going to be creating posts for Liberal Arts Voices that will be featured in the weekly newsletter that include a little bit about a specific industry and some positions available through Network Symplicity in that industry.

For this week’s Industry Spotlight, we’re taking a look at positions in government and politics. In politics, students of any major or degree level can often find an opportunity that will interest and challenge them. These opportunities often involve policy making and research in a large variety of fields, from social issues to economic to environmental, and finding a position of interest shouldn’t be a problem for any student. Positions are also available at the local, state, and national levels, making them much more geographically accessible. If you are interested in interning with a congressman, be sure to check your local congressman’s website  for information, as congressman often look for applicants with ties to their district.

If you are a Liberal Arts student participating in an internship and are looking for funding to make the experience more affordable, consider applying for College of the Liberal Arts Enrichment Funds. Make sure you get your applications in early though, the priority deadline for summer internships is May 1st and the strict deadline is June 1st.

Here are some of the government positions currently listed in Network Symplicity. Please note, application deadline may be estimates, so it is always best to submit your application before the deadline.

Summer Intern- Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC)

CSPC internships offer motivated students the opportunity to learn first-hand about the international and domestic issues confronting the American Presidency and Legislature in a fast-moving DC think tank. Interns will work closely with senior CSPC staff; while interns are assigned a primary project to work on during their time at the Center based on their experience and qualifications, they also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of Center activities and operations during their internship. Responsibilities include working with experienced policymakers and former government officials, conducting research and writing to support Center projects and policy analysis, helping to organize meetings with executive and legislative public officials, the media, Presidential scholars, and other NGO leaders, and assisting with conferences, publications and public relations outreach.

Deadline: 3/15/2017

Archives Intern- Pennsylvania House of Representatives

The 13-week, paid internship, available spring, summer or fall, is a structured educational experience designed to provide hands-on, real-world experience that complements students’ academic work. Interns work alongside professional archivists and research staff on both special projects and on-going programs. Interns’ responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, arranging, describing, preserving and making records available for research. Students will have the opportunity to work with various collections of documents, photos, reports, and records. Interns may perform routine genealogical and legislative research. In addition to the hands-on activities, reading material on the role and value of archives is made available, and tours of local archival, historical and political sites are organized with the intention of providing interns with both practical and academic knowledge.

Deadline for Summer Application: 3/1/2016

Summer Intern- Cato Institute

The Cato Institute is a public policy research organization — a think tank — dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace. Its scholars and analysts conduct independent, nonpartisan research on a wide range of policy issues. They are seeking interns to assist scholars in all areas of policy research covered by the institute–healthcare, education, taxation, economics, foreign policy, defense, law, criminal justice, and more. Communications-oriented internships are also available: We offer media relations, external affairs, and graphic design/video production positions. All interns, regardless of specific departmental placement, will take part in an intensive seminar program which will cover a broad range of history, philosophy, policy, and professional development topics.

Deadline: 2/25/2017

Congressional Internship Program- The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

During CHCI’s paid summer and semester internships, promising Latino undergraduate students experience what it’s like to work in a congressional office, while participating in weekly professional and leadership development and civic engagement through community service. CHCI Interns learn firsthand about how the legislative system works, spending four days each week (Monday-Thursday) working on Capitol Hill. Usually, you are placed with a member of Congress who serves a district in your home state performing meaningful work

Deadline: 4/21/2017


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