Build your credentials and shape your experience while still in school.

There’s no greater way to satisfy your curiosity than by jumping in and getting your feet wet.


As Lincoln is the seat of state government, you have an opportunity to observe government in action. Political Science has a vibrant internship program where you may intern with the state legislature, the governors office, and other agencies of state government.

An internship with a government agency, office holder, political party, interest group or other organization active in politics can provide you with a very practical look at the world of politics and link it to an academic exercise supervised by a faculty member. Internships also provide potential career opportunities.

You are free, subject to approval, to set up your own internship or work with the Student Employment and Internship Center to do so. The Center maintains a listing of available internships and how to apply.

Students generally meet at the start of the semester where they are assigned a faculty member who will oversee the internship and develop an academic component. Internships with the Unicameral as a senate page are also available through the Department.

Internships are also available with local interest groups, non-profit agencies, corporations, and political parties. Some internships are available in Washington and some overseas. Such experiences occasionally lead to career positions as students return to the agencies where they interned as undergraduates.

Internships can be used for credit through POLS 395 by working with an adviser (contact Tyler White at

The following are a list of resources and internships available to students: When searching for an internship, a great place to begin is Husker Hire Link from UNL Career Services. This program provides a connection between students and alumni and potential employers.

For more information, contact the internship coordinator at 402-472-2346.

Education Abroad

We may be in the heartland of America, but we are committed to bringing global perspectives to our students in and out of the classroom. The Department of Political Science places students around the world in diverse and eye-opening experiences, providing relevant and direct education for the internationally inquisitive.

Studying abroad is a great way to earn academic credit, see the world, and meet interesting people. Students may participate in one of UNL's education abroad programs, or they may simply enroll in a foreign university.

In recent years, political science students have studied in the following countries:

  • Bulgaria
  • China
  • Costa Rica
  • England (at Oxford University)
  • India
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Latvia
  • Romania
  • Spain
  • Ukraine

Political Science students have also participated in the "Semester at Sea" program. In addition, department faculty members have taken small groups of students to China and Viet Nam for short-term study abroad.

For semester- or year-long study abroad, students can take courses on foreign governments and politics, especially of the host country, or courses on international relations that count toward their political science major. The department will work with you to arrange courses and transfer credits from these universities.

If you're interested in studying abroad, visit Education Abroad at UNL. Then see the Political Science adviser to identify Political Science courses at the foreign university you're applying to. The adviser will match these courses to UNL courses and arrange for you to get UNL credit for them.

Student Employment and Internship Center