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Political Science

Public Service Internships

Students can gain knowledge of politics through taking an internship during their undergraduate years to foster academic experiential learning.  Internships are offered in the fall, spring, and summer.  Students can create their own internship with the department’s guidance or choose an internship from our database. 

The Political Science Department offers two different Public Service Fall/Spring Internships.  There is an 8 credit/two course equivalent, with 4 credits towards Political Science and 4 credits toward electives.   Students work at least 20 hours per week in the public service field and have a required research paper.  We also offer a 4 credit/one course internship where students are required to work at least an average of 10-12 hours per week for 12 weeks, for a minimum of 120 hours in the field with a reflective research paper.

For the summer semester, internships are 4 credits.   

Students can complete up to 12 internship credits. If you are interested or have any questions, contact Dr. Wessel at


Public Service Internships for the past 5 years include placements with:

Senator Elizabeth Warren  

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas   

Massachusetts Democratic Party             

Hillary for President Campaign    

Massachusetts State House                       

Homeland Security         

American Diabetes Association    

City of Woburn- Mayor’s Office    

Massachusetts State Police         

Numerous Law Firms focused on Real Estate Law, Social Security/Disability Law, etc.                 

More Info 

Brenda Comerford
Admin. Assistant,
Political Science

Cushing 16 



Harry Wessel

Associate Professor & Chair, Political Science