Students in the political science major have many opportunities to learn beyond the classroom, gaining invaluable experience and building their resumes:

Washington Semester

Students may spend a semester at the American University Washington Semester Program. Students participate in internships (for credit) three days per week and take classes at American University two days per week.  If you are interested or have any questions talk to your advisor or contact Dr. Liesl Smith at smithlr@merrimack.edu in the Office of Global Education.  More information on the application process can be found on the Office of Global Education’s webpage.

Washington Internship  

Scholarships 

The Joseph Lombard Congressional Intern Scholarship is awarded through the Department of Political Science at Merrimack and provides financial aid for a deserving student studying in Washington, D.C. Preference is given to a first-semester junior who has demonstrated interest in politics or public service and has received reasonable assurance of placement in a suitable Congressional internship in Washington, DC.   Applications are generally distributed and due in March, after the initial applications to study away for the semester have been submitted.  Please contact Brenda Comerford  comerfordb@merrimack.edu for more information. 

American University has competitive scholarships available to Merrimack students.  We strongly encourage all students considering spending a semester in the American University Washington Semester program to apply.  You may apply for these even before you are formally accepted into the program.  It is a streamlined application process for all scholarships. 

Study Abroad

We also encourage students to study abroad in a different country for a semester (or even a year!).  We have a range of programs around the world.  Many of the programs supported by Merrimack College’s Office of Global Education are a great fit for Political Science majors.  Depending on the program and your previous coursework, classes taken abroad might count toward Political Science electives, General Education requirements, open elective credits, or a combination of all of these. 

The Office of Global Education also has competitive scholarships to support students studying abroad that we encourage all students to apply for. 

Student in Iringa, Tanzania for the Fall 2018 study abroad semester

Timing

Most students plan to study in Washington, D.C. or to study abroad during one semester their Junior year.  Some also have taken advantage of summer opportunities- there is a program at American University over the summer, and there are also options for those interested in studying abroad in the summer.  Occasionally, a student will need to have different timing and go earlier or later than their Junior year. 

Talk with your advisor about your options. It is key to plan ahead!  Applications for a Fall semester experience are generally due in early March in the previous semester; Applications for a Spring semester experience are generally due in late September. 

Questions?

If you are interested in any of these opportunities or have any questions, please talk to your advisor or contact Dr. Liesl Smith at smithlr@merrimack.edu in the Office of Global Education. You can also find more information on the Office of Global Education’s webpage.  

Recent internship placements for our Merrimack College students in D.C. include: 
  • Senator Elizabeth Warren’s Office
  • Karamah
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America
  • National Defense University
  • Federalist Society
  • Middle East Policy Council
Study abroad program options include:
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Brussels, Belgium
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • London, UK
  • Paris, France
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Rome, Italy
  • Sharjah, UAE
  • Sydney, Australia
  • and more…