Students in a teacher education class

Internships, Research & Off-Campus Study


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Wes Hoyer '17 presenting at the Iowa Human Rights Research Conference.

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Allison Bailey '17 presenting at the Iowa Human Rights Research Conference.

Internships, Research & Off-Campus Study

As a political science major at Coe, you’ll have many opportunities to explore politics outside the classroom. In addition to internships, political science majors conduct their own research by writing senior theses, presenting work at an intercollegiate political science conference, participating in Coe’s student research symposium or preparing for a national Model United Nations simulation. Many also study in Washington, D.C. and abroad.

Washington Term

Coe has a Washington Term that entails living in Washington, D.C. and taking a first-hand observer course in American government. You’ll also complete a part-time internship — usually in a governmental or interest group office.

On the White House Garden Tour.

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Annabeth Hampton '16

"During my time in D.C., I interned with the National Corn Growers Association. As I was the only intern in the office, I did a little bit of everything. I worked on communications, like press releases, news stories and tweets for the NCGA. I also attended congressional hearings and did research for the lobbyists in the office. Choosing to do D.C. Term was one of the best decisions I've made. I learned about farm policy, ethanol and, of course, all about corn. In addition, D.C. Term has given my post-graduation plans direction, and I now plan to work for USDA's Farm Service Agency after graduation."

Enjoying the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

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McKenna Inskeep '15

I interned for the semester at the headquarters of the National Organization for Women (NOW) in D.C. this spring term. I worked in NOW's president's office and helped with the event planning for NOW's upcoming annual conference, as well as writing blog posts and working on the website. Because I interned in such a small office, I got the opportunity to observe the daily tasks of the employees in a wide variety of positions, including the president and other executive officers. Living in a neighborhood near the Capital Building and National Mall was a great way to experience the city as something other than a tourist, but I also managed to take advantage of incredible museums DC offers, visiting a new one each week. The highlight of my semester was making it on CNN when I went to a gay marriage rally outside the Supreme Court.

Study Abroad

You’ll have a wide variety of opportunities to study abroad. We have programs all over the world that can enrich the study of political challenges and dynamics. Examples include ACM programs in Botswana, Chicago, Costa Rica and India.