Politics Internships and Opportunities


SCUSA is a four-day conference, November 2-5, 2022, in which students work with scholars and practitioners to develop proposals that address important topics in U.S. foreign policy.  The theme for the 73rd conference is "American Foreign Policy in an Era of Polarized Politics and Revisionist Powers." SCUSA is one of the largest conferences of its type and is attended by approximately 200 undergraduate students from over 100 institutions around the U.S., abroad, and across academic disciplines.
Oberlin College provides transportation from Cleveland to New York, and the Academy provides transportation to the conference, lodging and meals. You are responsible for transportation to the Cleveland airport. Oberlin's representative will be selected by a sub-committee within the Politics Department.
Applications are due by noon Friday, September 30th.
Apply: SCUSA

The Politics Department annually sponsors Winter Term internships for students in Congressional offices in Washington, D.C. The application process takes place prior to fall break.
During fall break, the student internship coordinator travels to DC to meet with Congressional office to place the selected students.
Student interns learn how Congressional offices run, participate in some of the offices' basic functions such as answering constituent mail, conducting research and attending hearings. Many interns go on later to work in Congress or in other ways participate in electoral politics.
Important information on the Congressional Internship can be found here (dates, housing, etc.)
Career Exploration and Development has created a helpful website for students seeking housing.

Applications are due by noon MONDAY, October 3, 2022.

Apply: Congressional Internship

Grants up to $750 for empirical research Winter Term and/or Spring 2023. Empirical research includes any use of systematically gathered evidence or data (not necessarily quantitative) to answer a politically relevant question.
The Jere Bruner Research Grant in Politics was established in 2000 with gifts from the Oberlin College alumni and friends in honor of Jere Bruner, Emeritus Professor of Politics.
Dr. Bruner served the College from 1967 to 1997, pursuing rigorous empirical research on such socially relevant issues as public opinion, political parties, interest groups, and the connection between race and politics. The grant encourages and supports rigorous empirical research on political topics by Oberlin students.

DEADLINE:  Applications are due by noon THURSDAY, December 1, 2022.

Apply: Bruner Grant

The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program provides an opportunity for approximately 14 students who desire careers in international affairs to have a substantive one-year working experience in Washington, D.C. Gaither Junior Fellows work as research assistants to scholars working at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Applicants must be graduating seniors or individuals who have graduated within the past academic year. No one will be considered who has started graduate studies (except those who have recently completed a joint masters/bachelors program).  View the the 2023-24 Programs and Projects and Carnegie Endowment Fellowship FAQ sheet for more information.

Students interested in applying for the Gaither Junior Fellows Program should consult with Oberlin's nominating official, Kristina Mani (Politics), kmani@oberlin.edu for details about the nomination process. The application for nomination is due Friday, December 2, 2022 (including letters of recommendation).