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Wisconsin in Washington 

Offered in partnership with UW-Madison office of International Academic Programs, the Wisconsin in Washington DC Internship Program provides an academic framework for you to to intern in Washington D.C. with various hosts including U.S. Congress, the White House, executive departments and agencies, public policy advocacy and lobbying firms, think tanks, non-profits, law firms and legal institutions, print and broadcast media outlets, marketing and public relations firms, historical sites, and political organizations among many other possibilities. Internships provide effective ways for you to build necessary skills and work experiences in your  prospective career fields. Research shows that students who intern through academic internship programs gain more from the experience than students who intern on their own.  Through this academic internship program, you will gain first-hand experience in the workings of Washington, D.C and connect with UW alumni and other DC professionals while benefiting from an academic program that allows you to critically reflect on your intern experience and the political and cultural nuances of Washington D.C

PS 315- Political Internships 

Poli Sci 315 is a 3-credit course with weekly readings, as well as written assignments.  The material covered in the course is designed to be relevant to students who are concurrently serving in legislative or agency internships.

  • This class will have weekly meetings.
  • It is necessary to have secured an internship before applying for the course.
  • Internships do not necessarily have to be in a legislative setting, but do need to be politically related and pertain to legislative issues to be eligible, specifically in one of the following:
    • the governor’s office
    • the lieutenant governor’s office
    • the state legislature
    • state agencies
    • federal legislative offices

Contact Amy Gangl ( for questions about the course and appropriate internships.

Admission to this course is by application only.  Please email Prof. Amy Gangl ( with the following information: 1.Name of internship 2.Hours you will work per week during the term and 3.Name and email contact of internship supervisor.