Internships & Study Abroad

To get the important practical, real world experience that many employers expect people new to the job market to have, many of our students participate in internships in Columbia, Jefferson City, Washington, DC and all around the world.

Internship opportunities:

  • prosecutor’s and public defender’s offices
  • on the staffs of state legislators
  • state agencies
  • on the staffs of members of the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate
  • interest groups
  • U.S. embassies in exciting cities such as London, Stockholm, Madrid, and Dublin

Kinder Scholars Program in Washington DC
The Kinder Scholars D.C. Summer Program is offered through The Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy. This program provides rising sophomores, juniors and seniors at the University of Missouri with an opportunity to immerse themselves in a course of study on the American constitutional and democratic traditions that uniquely weds theory, history and practice.

In order to provide participants with an opportunity to supplement their coursework with practical experience, the Program curriculum also requires students to intern Monday-Thursday (min. 25 hours per week) at an organization in D.C. whose mission relates to their academic study of the theory and history of American constitutional democracy.

Study Abroad
Students are also encouraged to include a study abroad experience as part of their undergraduate studies. We offer a department-sponsored program “Developing Dynamics of Democracy” where students learn about democracy in the Netherlands and France for 4 weeks over the summer.


If you are interested in earning internship credit through the Political Science Department, please fill out the application for Pol Sci 4940: Political Science Internship. Once you have filled out the application, email it to our undergraduate advisor, Rebecca Fallon at