Political Science Internships

Nationally Administered
Summer Language Program
Defense Intelligence Agency's Academic Semester Internship Program (ASIP)
peace corps volunteer
ndea/smart scholarship
boren scholarship
thomas r. pickering foreign affairs fellowship
clr scholarship

Locally Administered

Intelligence Analysis Summer Program

NSA's Intelligence Analysis Summer Program offers rising college seniors the opportunity to receive training in a multi-faceted cryptologic discipline. They gain practical and theoretical knowledge of NSA, the SIGNIT process, and the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC). It is an intensive 12-week program that runs from the end of May through mid-August for undergraduates entering the final year of an undergraduate degree program (juniors at the time of application).

Summer Language Program

NSA offers foreign language students the opportunity to sharpen their language skills in reading and listening to a professional level. As an apprentice to senior NSA language analysts, you'll gain intensive experience exploiting communications for vital intelligence missions. The Summer Language Program is an intensive 12-week intern program intended for high-potential full-time college upperclassman and graduate students. It is intended for college students who have taken at least one language course per semester, or who have achieved language proficiency through some other means (for instance, native/heritage speakers).

Defense Intelligence Agency's Academic Semester Internship Program (ASIP)

ASIP provides promising undergraduate seniors and graduate students enrolled as full-time degree-seeking students at U.S. accredited universities and colleges, located within commutable distances to DIA locations, the opportunity to gain practical work experience in intelligence analysis while enrolled in classes. The Agency offers a limited number of paid academic semester internships. Interns can be appointed for two semesters (depending on the university calendar) normally beginning in September. Students may be extended for a second semester, and are employed as part-time temporary employees (working between 16 and 20 hours per week).

Peace Corps Volunteer

The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew an agency of the federal government devoted to world peace and friendship. Since that time, 210,000+ Peace Corps Volunteers have served in 139 host countries to work on issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation. Today's Peace Corps is more vital than ever, working in emerging and essential areas such as information technology and business development, and contributing to the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Peace Corps Volunteers continue to help countless individuals who want to build a better life for themselves, their children, and their communities.

NDEA/SMART Scholarship

The Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working in DoD laboratories.

Boren Scholarship

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American, and the Middle East. Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Applicants should identify how their study abroad program, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined. NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Programs are a collaborative effort between the United States Department of State and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The Programs provide academic and professional preparation for outstanding candidates to enter the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service, representing America's interests abroad. Pickering Fellows are undergraduate and graduate students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply. Pickering Fellows receive mentoring, professional development, and financial support as they prepare to enter the Foreign Service. Upon successful completion of the Foreign Service examination, Pickering Fellows make a commitment to a minimum of five years of service in an appointment as Foreign Service Officer. Candidates must be able to obtain medical, security, and suitability clearances in order to remain in the program.

CLS Scholarship

A program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offers intensive summer language institutes in thirteen critical foreign languages. The selection process is administered by American Councils for International Education with awards approved by the U.S. Department of State and Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The CLS Program is administered by American Councils and The Ohio State University/Ohio University. The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. Please visit the CLS Institutes page for more information.

  • Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, and Urdu: Beginning, advanced beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels
  • Arabic and Persian: Advanced beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels
  • Chinese, Japanese, and Russian: Intermediate and advanced levels

Locally Administered

The Department of Political Science offers internship experiences for qualified students at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Internships provide students an opportunity to experience the world of work in areas related to their academic program. They are useful in aiding the student in selecting career goals and gaining experience in their field. The opportunities that are available vary from time to time and are related to the career interests of the individual student. The program has been offered by the department since 1980-81. Some typical local assignments are:

  • Madison County Legislative Office
  • City of Huntsville Planning Department
  • City of Huntsville Personnel Department
  • City Attorney's Office
  • Government Accountability Office
  • Social Security Administration
  • National Children's Advocacy Center
  • Law Offices
  • Alabama Circuit Court Judges
  • Alabama Regional Council of Governments

We have also had legislative and executive interns travel to internships located in Washington, D.C.

NEW: Opportunities with Redstone Arsenal are also available.

Students interested in internships are expected to consult with the Director of the Internship Program before enrolling. All internships for academic credit require the approval of the Program Director before enrollment. An undergraduate student should have at least junior standing and a graduate student should have completed 12 hours of graduate work before pursuing an internship opportunity.

The intern may enroll for one to six hours of academic credit. A maximum of six credits may be counted toward graduation. Interns who enroll for three hours of credit will be expected to dedicate from 16 to 20 hours a week to the internship assignment. The six credit course is limited to full-time interns working outside of Madison County. These are normally assignments in Washington, D.C. A part-time intern can earn six hours of credit only if he or she completes two different assignments.

Every intern must complete a research paper that is related to his or her internship experience. Each intern is required to submit a final report that describes the internship and a self-evaluation describing how the assignment is related to career goals and course work. The final report may be returned the agency. The agency supervisor submits an internship evaluation form that the Program Director takes into account in assigning a grade for the internship course. If you are interested in an internship or for more information, please contact the Intern Advisor/Coordinator

Contact Information:

Dr. Andrée Reeves

Department of Political Science

Morton Hall 250D

Email: reevesa@uah.edu

Phone: 256.824.2397