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Department of Political Science Announcements

Posted 4/22: Research Assistant

Seeking research assistants for a new project digitizing historic maps of interwar Egypt.


Start date will be after May 1 and is scheduled to continue through 2022.

To apply, please send a resume and brief cover letter with “RA Position” in the subject line to: Steven Brooke Assistant Professor Department of Political Science sbrooke@wisc.edu

Posted 4/16: Disruption Grading

 UW-Madison is implementing a disruption grading option for students for the spring 2021 semester.

View the provost’s message from April 5th.

FAQs and how SD/UD Works

Posted 4/2: PS315 Enrollment

Over the last several days, we’ve received many inquiries about receiving credit for internships for the summer term at the state capitol as well as other political science and public policy related internships including non-profits, campaign work, lobbying firms, senatorial offices, etc. PS 315: Political Internships is a fully online course that offers 3 upper-division political science credits for the coursework associated with the class.  Amy Gangl can accept enrollments into the course through June 18th.

If you are interested in enrolling in PS 315 for the summer, once you have an internship in place that runs through the duration of the eight-week summer term starting June 14, please email Amy (agangl@wisc.edu) with the name and email contact info of your internship office supervisor, the number of hours you will be working each week during the semester (a minimum of 5-7 hours required), and your student id number.

Please note that PS 315 can only be taken once.

Posted 4/1: Advisor Tip

Advisor Tip: To see how many credits a variable credit course is being offered for in a particular semester or section, select the course in Course Search & Enroll, then click the “See Sections” button. The credits will display under the “Cr” field.

Posted 3/29: Fall Term

The Fall Semester Schedule is live on Course Search & Enroll!

If you’d like to meet with a Political Science advisor, you can schedule a remote appointment on Starfish.

Read Chancellor Blank’s blog post on fall semester here.

 Posted 1/25: Advising

Political Science advisors will continue to be available for remote appointments this semester. Schedule an appointment with us in Starfish.

 Announcements from Outside the Department

Posted 5/6: Event

The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics (The Lab), is an initiative to humanize performance through politics at Georgetown University. This weekend, May 8-9, we are running our very first student festival on arts and politics, Verge, held virtually in conjunction with our Student Fellows program. This inaugural fellowship functions as a space for creative work and critical conversations at the intersection of arts and politics.

Register Here

Posted 5/5: Fellowship

The Steamboat Institute is now accepting applications for our 2021 Tony Blankley Fellowship for Public Policy and American Exceptionalism, which provides a $10,000 stipend to young, rising star conservative thought leaders and journalists.

Deadline: June 30, 2021

Posted 5/3: Internship

If you’re interested in interning with a U.S. embassy/consulate abroad, or in Washington D.C. through the Department of State Internship Program, the time has come to prepare your application materials!

The Fall 2021 Student Internship Program is open for ONE WEEK ONLY! Here are three steps you can take now to make sure you’re ready:

  1. Learn about the Student Internship Program
  2. Create your USAJOBS account, build your resume, and get your transcript
  3. Research the U.S. Department of State’s Bureaus and Offices to find the right internship opportunity for you.

If you have any questions about the program or want to learn about other career opportunities with the Department of State, visit careers.state.gov.

Posted 4/29: Conference

This summer, June 9th – 11th, the virtual International Servant-Leader Summit will be hosted from Milwaukee.  The Center for Leadership & Involvement and the Willis L. Jones Leadership Center is sponsoring up to three hundred UW-Madison Students to attend FREE of charge.

This is a first come, first serve opportunity, the UW-Madison specific registration link, is listed below:

Register Here

Posted 4/21:  Scholarships

The Wisconsin Women in Government (WWIG) Undergraduate Scholarship program is designed to provide financial support for women who wish to pursue careers in public service, public administration, or government affairs. The purpose of the program is to make post-secondary education more accessible to women by relieving some of the financial burden.   

Note that students from a wide variety of majors are encouraged to apply, including, but not limited to political science, government, legal studies, criminal justice, public safety, etc. Students must demonstrate interest in pursuing a career in public service, public administration, or government affairs.  

Deadline: June 15

More Info and Application

Posted 4/14:  Pre-Law

LSAT 101

Tuesday, May 18th 6:00-7:00pm 

LSAT 101 is the first part of our Summer 2021 CPLA LSAT Prep Series! We will cover what is on the exam, what to expect from the new digital test format, and what prep resources are available.

Cost: FREE

Register Here

Posted 4/12:  Publication

Midwestern Citizen, a premier undergraduate legal/political op-ed publication at top universities across the Midwest, is looking for great students at the University of Wisconsin who are interested in law and policy to join our team as writers.

Application link

Posted 3/1: Journal Submissions

The Michigan Journal of Political Science is accepting submissions for their Winter 2021 edition. 

 The submission deadline is May 8th.

Posted 2/16: Essay Contest

The area and international studies centers of the Institute for Regional and International Studies are each awarding up to $1,000 (actual award amounts vary) to the best paper/s and projects written by an undergraduate and focused on their respective world regions.

IRIS Undergraduate Paper Awards

Submission deadline: May 7, by 2pm

 Posted 2/10: Campus Resource 

On-campus spaces are available for students to use to participate in online courses, to study and take online exams. View a list of available spaces. Face coverings and physical distancing are required at all times.

If students specifically need a quiet space to take an exam, they can request an exam room reservation for one or more of their online exams. Computers can also be requested.


Upcoming Dates and Events

May 2021

5/2 – 5/7: Finals Week

5/8: Bachelor’s Degree Candidate Commencement

5/17: 4-week summer course session begins. Visit the Session Dates page for a full list of summer session dates and deadlines.

5/24: 3-week summer course session begins (Session Dates)

5/31: Memorial Day

June 2021

6/14: 8-week summer course session begins (Session Dates)

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