Political Science

Internship Program

The Department of Political Science at Cal Poly Pomona supports the polytechnic philosophy of "learn by doing", encouraging its majors to undertake an internship as part of their academic program. There are several internships available to students in the California Government every year on a competitive basis and several well-established internship programs in Washington, D.C. There are also many internships that "pop up" unexpectedly. We maintain an internship database on this page that lists the various opportunities in the area, but students are encouraged to find internships on their own. In person or remote internships can earn course credit.

Interested in doing an internship?

Each semester, the Department of Political Science offers students up to 6 units of course credit through their internship work in PLS 4421: Political Science Internship. This is a classroom experience that supports students when they obtain an off-campus internship. In any semester, students are required to complete 100 hours in order to receive credit. This course counts as an upper-division elective in either the political science major or political science minor. 

If you are interested in an internship as a component of your coursework, please contact the internship coordinator, Dr. Elli Menounou:


Internship Partnerships

Los Angeles California Democratic Party

Location: Downtown Los Angeles

533 S Fremont Avenue Suite 410
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Paid fellowships & unpaid internships

Congresswoman Norma Torres

Location: Washington DC & Ontario, CA

3200 Inland Empire Blvd. 
Ontario, CA 91765
(909) 481-6474

Paid & unpaid internships

Congresswoman Young Kim

Location: Washington DC, Anaheim, Mission Viejo

180 N. Riverview Dr. Suite 150
Anaheim, CA 92808
Phone: (714) 984-2440

Paid & unpaid internships 

Crossroads Women Reentry Program

Location: Claremont

250 W. First Street
Claremont, CA 91711

Unpaid internships (volunteer)

Senator Alex Padilla

Location: Downtown & Washington DC

255 E. Temple Street, Suite 1860
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Paid & unpaid internships

Los Angeles District Court Internships

Location: Greater Los Angeles County

350 W. First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90023

Paid & unpaid internships

House of Ruth

Location: Pomona

599 N. Main Street
Pomona, CA 91768

Unpaid internships (volunteer)

Newcomers Access Center: Refugees & Immigrants

Neighborhood: Claremont

233 Harrison Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711

Paid & unpaid internships

Inland Coalition for Immigration Justice

Neighborhood: San Bernardino/Inland Empire

2441 N Sierra Way
San Bernardino, CA 92405

Paid & unpaid internships

Actum California: Junior Associate Program

Neighborhood: Downtown Los Angeles

Actum is an international, nonpartisan strategy consulting firm. The California offices work with business, government, and non-profit clients to serve strategic consulting, government relations, public relations, coalition building, digital and crisis management efforts. Actum is looking for responsible and self-motivated Junior Associates to assist our California offices. Junior Associates will support the California offices with day-to-day client work.

Interested candidates should send their Cover Letter and link to a Virtual Resume1 to Myda CastilloGarcia at CAinternsupervisors@actumllc.com.