Politics Internships and Opportunities


Oberlin College is invited to send two student delegates to the 64th Annual Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Student Conference, April 9-11, 2024 "Where Power Lies: The Development of Civil-Military Relations in a New World Order."
Applications are due by Thursday, February 29, 2024.
NAFAC is one of the leading foreign affairs conferences bringing together the best undergraduate minds from around the world to discuss pressing global issues in roundtable groups.

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 2024-25 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 1, 2023 (including letters of recommendation).

Grants up to $750 for empirical research Winter Term/Spring 2024. Empirical research includes any use of systematically gathered evidence or data (not necessarily quantitative) to answer a politically relevant question. View the grant guidelines for more information.

    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.

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, November 1, 2023.

    Apply: Bruner Grant

    Examples of past projects:

    • Political Minds of Disabled America: The Importance of Disabled Social Identity in the Political Choices of Disabled Voters
    • An Administrative Law Analysis of the American Data Privacy and Protection Act
    • Centering Survivors: Rape Crisis Centers and Their Triangular Interorganizational Positionality
    • Contrasting factualness across party lines: Mitch McConnell vs. Charles “Chuck” Schumer

    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, September 25, 2023.

    Apply: Congressional Internship

    SCUSA is a four-day conference, November 1-4, 2023, in which student delegates will discuss and debate the impact of past and current events on the national strategy and work to formulate sound policy recommendations for the United States Government. The theme for the 74th conference is "Innovation and the Future of American Foreign Policy." SCUSA is one of the largest conferences attended by students from over 100 institutions worldwide.
    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 22nd.
    Apply: SCUSA