Students who study Political Science at Lock Haven University are eligible to apply for a number of internships.  Some recurring internship opportunities for which LHU students are elible to apply are:

  • The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars
    The Washington Center (TWC) is an independent, nonprofit organization that provides selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C. for academic credit. They accept students from all majors and place them in a variety of government agencies as well as non-profit and corporate settings. Department approval and supervision of credit follows standard LHU or departmental internship processes.

    Students apply directly to TWC. Approval by the campus liaison is required as part of the TWC application to ensure that accepted students will be receiving academic credit from the home institution. TWC particupants must be enrolled for academic credit at the home institution--TWC does not award the credit.

    Costs: Interns are responsible for tuition and fees to LHU. They are also responsible for TWC program fee and housing fee (if they take TWC housing).

    Academic Credit: Interns are eligible for academic credit structured similarly to the THIS Harrisburg internship: Up to 15 semester hour credits, including nine (9) for the internship, three (3) for a weekly seminar, and three (3) for a TWC academic course. Consult with your academic advisor about how the credits can be applied to your academic program.

    How to apply:
    Application forms and instructions are available at the TWC web site.  Call 570-484-2187 or email if you have questions about the process.

    Internships Through The Washington Center: Here are some of the organizationa and agencies in which LHU students have interned through TWC:

    • Martha's Table
    • Bridging Nations Foundation
    • National Association of Hispanic Publications
    • National Republican Senatorial Committee
    • Law Media Group
    • U.S. Department of Justice, Office of International Affairs
    • Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International
    • American-Turkish Council
    • U.S. Department of Defense, Air Force J.A.G. Office


  • THIS: The Harrisburg Internship Semester
    The Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS) is a program of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). LHU and each of the other thirteen PASSHE universities selects one student per semester to participate. It is a semester-length program that places students in full-time internships with a variety of Pennsylvania state agencies.

    Every major has public policy implications, and THIS is open to students of all majors. Every spring semester, students with a 3.0 GPA and who are on track to reach at least junior status sometime in the following academic year are invited to apply.

    Interns are responsible for full-time tuition and fees to their home institution. During the internship they are paid an amount roughly equal to in-state tuition, fees, room and board for a semester. They also earn 15 semester hour credits: nine (9) for the internship, three (3) for a weekly seminar, and three (3) for a research project. Consult with your academic advisor about how the credits can be applied to your academic program.

    How to apply:

    Students who are selected will need to submit electronic versions of their resume and writing sample.

    Call 484-2187 or email if you have questions.

  •  Pennsylvania House of Representatives Legislative Fellowship
    Sponsored by the Bipartisan Management Committee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, the Legislative Fellowship is a 13-week internship program during the fall and spring semesters in which students are assigned to work on the staff of legislative leaders and committee chairpersons. The program also includes weekly workshops and a capstone presentation of the student's original legislative proposal. Through the Legislative Fellowship, LHU students have interned with Republican leaders, Democratic leaders, and committee chairs of both parties.Those selected are eligible for academic credit. LHU requires a minimum of 60 earned credit hours and a 2.5 GPA to be eligible for internship credit. Students selected for the Legislative Fellowship typically have GPAs above 3.0.

    More information
    Application form

    Call 570-484-2187 or email  for more information.

    Deadline to apply for fall semester is May 1.  Deadline to apply for spring semester is October 1.

  • APSCUF Harrisburg Internship
  • Finnegan Foundation