Politics Internships and Opportunities

2022 Winter Term Congressional Internship

The Department of Politics invites applications for an internship during Winter Term in the office of a member of Congress. Interns typically respond to constituent mail, answer phones, file, photocopy, run errands, attend hearings, and assist staffers with individual projects. Opportunities for more substantive work also exist, depending upon your experience, ability, enthusiasm and willingness to take initiative. In any case, you will learn how Congressional office work gets done. You will also learn a lot about the political atmosphere of Washington.

Apply: Congressional Internship

Other Opportunities

Grants up to $750 for empirical research Winter Term and/or Spring 2022. 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.

Applications are due Friday, November 15, 2021.

Apply: Bruner Grant

The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program provides an opportunity for approximately 12 students who desire careers in international affairs to have a substantive one-year working experience in Washington, D.C. Junior Fellows work as research assistants to scholars working at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Due to the limited number of students accepted, CEIP requires that all applicants be nominated by their university and that universities nominate no more than two (or three if at least one of those three applicants is from a historically underrepresented group). Applicants must be graduating seniors or students who have completed their bachelor's degree 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). See the Carnegie Endowment Fellowship FAQ sheet for details.

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 and for the application materials.

The internal deadline for applications (including letters of recommendation) is November 20, 2020 at 5pm ET.