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Department of Political Science


Internships provide students with valuable real-world experiences.  Students learn what it is like to work in a government agency or non-profit organization.  Internships also offer the opportunity for students to make important professional contacts.  These experiences can often lead to full-time job offers.

MPA Internship Requirement

An internship in a public organization or nonprofit agency is required of all students who lack significant administrative experience. The internship is an integral part of the curriculum, as it gives students an opportunity to experience the real world of public service.


Examples of Past Internship Placements

  • Office of US Senator Lindsey Graham
  • South Carolina Public Employee Benefits Authority
  • Hartsville, SC City Government
  • City of Rock Hill, SC
  • SC House Education and Public Works Committee
  • University of South Carolina Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • City of Columbia, SC
  • University of South Carolina, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Arnold School of Public Health 
  • University of South Carolina Office of Student Conduct & Academic Integrity
  • Columbia Housing Authority
  • South Carolina Wildlife Federation
(AY 17-18 & 18-19)

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