Fact: SJU students who completed one internship before graduation earned, on average, $11,000 dollars more than students who did not complete an internship.

The Political Science Department offers two distinct types of Internships. The Philadelphia Area Internship Program and The Washington Center Internship Program

Philadelphia Area Internship Program

The Philadelphia Area Internship Program allows students to work 10 hours per week in public sector, private sector, or non-government organizations in the Philadelphia area and receive credit for an upper division course in Political Science and International Relations.  The course fulfills the Writing Intensive Overlay of the GEP.  Students may take the course a second time as an elective.  Our program uniquely connects academics and professional life and has been highlighted in SJU Magazine.   Graduates of this program have found work in the offices of Senators and mayors, financial and public relation firms, and not-for-profits.  We take enormous pride in how our graduates “trade jobs” on our private Facebook site.

In spring, we offer both our regular internship program as well as the Global Smarts Mentors program sponsored by the World Affairs Council.  Students – of all majors – are competitively selected to serve.  Read about how SJU students participate.

For more information about all Philadelphia Area Internship programs, contact Dr. Susan P. Liebell, director and faculty liaison, at sliebell@sju.edu.

The Washington Center Internship Program

For students of all majors interested spending a semester or a summer in Washington, D.C., the University participates in The Washington Center (TWC) for Internships and Academic Programs.  Saint Joseph’s University has sent more than 500 students to DC to participate in TWC’s various internship and seminar programs.  Students who are selected as TWC participants spend a semester or a summer in our nation’s capital while earning SJU academic credit.  Students work at one of several internship sites and take classes, specific to their major and professional field of interest.  TWC students also participate in a Leadership Forum that prepares them for entering the workforce by assisting with resume building, networking venues, and interviewing skills.

Founded in 1975 as a nonprofit independent, experiential education organization, The Washington Center has over 50,000 alumni worldwide.  It has educational partnerships with approximately 850 colleges and universities nationwide and throughout the world and works with over 3,000 public, private, and non-profit organizations in the nation's capital.

Visit SJU’s Washington Center Program site for more information, or contact Dr.Becki Scola, SJU’s TWC Liaison, at bscola@sju.edu.


Through the generous support of the Karen and Ronald Thomas Family Fund, the Political Science Department is able to present compelling lectures led by regional, national and international leaders.

Thomas Fund Lecture Series

The Thomas Fund supports a vibrant intellectual community within the Political Science Department and around the University by providing monies to bring important scholars, policy makers, and commentators to campus to discuss pressing issues of the day.

Thomas Fund Study Abroad Scholarships

In addition to the financial assistance for lectures, the Thomas Family Fund provides scholarships for deserving students to defray the costs of studying abroad.  Each year, the Department of Political Science offers two $2,500.00 awards.

To apply for the study abroad scholarship, please contact the Political Science Department.