The Political Science department gets requests by various parties to announce their internship opportunities. We do not endorse any of these offers, but we make them available to all of our majors. It is up to each student to determine if any of these offers suits their interests. We are completely non-partisan. We do not solicit offers, but we simply make them available to you.

  • Kevin de León for U.S. Senate Campaign
    We are currently recruiting energetic and dedicated phone banking interns on a voluntary basis to support our campaign. This is an excellent opportunity for those looking to bolster their resumes with hands-on experience working on a statewide political campaign while earning community service hours and a letter of recommendation. Students can sign up for phone banking shifts using the following link: for 3 hour shifts until the general election on November 6. Shifts will be hosted during the hours of 10:00 AM-9:00 PM MON-FRI & 10:00 AM-6:00 PM SAT & SUN. Volunteers will be required to work at least one shift per week. This program will be done online, so all students will need is a cell phone, a computer, and a friendly attitude. Submit a resume and contact Michelle Bertinelli directly at or (818) 694-2790.
  • Cottie Petrie-Norris for State Assembly
    Cottie Petrie-Norris for State Assembly is seeking ambitious candidates for our part-time internship and fellow program. The race is in a highly competitive, red-to-blue district in Orange County. Interns will be responsible for supporting and executing our voter contact and volunteer program, and working closely with staff on logistics. We’re looking to develop a team of strong, thoughtful, outside-the-box thinkers who want to work on #TeamCottie and participate in a winning campaign for California Assembly. There are no minimum requirements for this position, as training will be provided to all prospective candidates. Internship is based in Costa Mesa. Please email resumes to or call (435) 659-6821 for more info.
  • Campaign staff for Congressman Rod Blum in Iowa’s 1st Congressional District
    Campaign staff for Congressman Rod Blum in Iowa’s 1st congressional district. This is the #1 most competitive race in the nation, and has already attracted President Trump, VP Pence, Mick Mulvaney, Mark Meadows and many more to the district. The position includes a generous stipend, free housing, and a letter of recommendation from Congressman Blum after the election. This is an incredible opportunity to boost a resume, work in the world of campaign politics, make professional connections. Internship Information for Rod Blum.
  • The Washington, DC office of Congressman Alan Lowentha
    The Washington, DC office of Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) is recruiting interns for fall 2018. Undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate students are eligible to apply. Both part-time and full-time internships are available. Although the internships are unpaid, the office can assist with requesting course credit from your school or university. The internship program at Congressman Lowenthal’s Washington, DC office offers an opportunity to experience the legislative process at work, while being an integral part of the staff. Interns will see firsthand how a congressional office operates to address the concerns of its constituents. Interns will also have opportunities to meet their peers on Capitol Hill and to interact with representatives from federal agencies, nonprofits, non-governmental organizations, advocacy groups, and research institutions. Legislative duties include attending congressional briefings, hearings, and receptions; writing memos and briefs; drafting constituent correspondences; and conducting policy research. Administrative duties include processing mail, answering telephones, performing data entry, and assisting the staff when needed. Interns also lead constituents on tours of the United States Capitol Building. In addition to providing a hands-on experience for interns, our office strives to teach interns skills that are applicable in almost all professional settings. We encourage young people who are interested in civics, public service, or government affairs to apply for an internship in our office. All majors are encouraged to apply as well. Interested applicants may apply directly through Congressman Lowenthal’s website:
  • Internships and paid campaign positions available for Southbay area campaign
    Are you interested in politics, government, and public policy? Interested in helping California residents, businesses, and protecting property owners? Would you like to see balance and common sense brought to Sacramento and the California lawmaking process? Are you looking to expand your resume and work on a highly competitive, targeted California race in an unpredictable election year? This campaign is looking for motivated and interested individuals to help us win this November! If you enjoy long walks in neighborhoods along the beach, meeting new people, and a challenge, then we have the position for you. Work hand-in-hand with an active political campaign, meet and work along side the candidate, and help make a lasting impression in the community you live in. If interested, feel free to contact Barry E. Young, Sr. directly at 2018 Frank Scotto Job Information
  • The Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF) is looking for Fall Interns
    The Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF) is the leading Super PAC supporting Republican candidates for the U.S. House. CLF plans to spend $100 million during the 2018 cycle, while maintaining more than 35 grassroots field offices across the country. Join the top grassroots effort in the country! This is a fantastic opportunity for those interested in building a resume and learning more about campaigns and politics. Flexible hours and able to work with busy schedules.  CLF 2018 Fall Internship Information
  • State Senator Janet Nguyen (CA 34)
    State Senator Janet Nguyen district spans the areas of Huntington Beach, Seal Beach, Fountain Valley, Westminster, Los Alamitos, Long Beach, Garden Grove, and Santa Ana. We are reaching out to local area universities and informing them of current internship opportunities for students who are motivated to make a difference. Being in a top targeted Senate district, students will experience first-hand a highly active, grassroots campaign. If your interested in an internship please contact our campaign manager Scott Borges by phone at (916) 753-5282 or through email at For more information about Senator Nguyen, visit us at 2018 Volunteer Flyer Template
  • The Congressional Leadership Fund is a Republican Political Action Committee operating across the country to support candidates for election in the US House of Representatives. Our office is accepting college and graduate student interns to volunteer for course credit, required graduation volunteer hours, a way to build their resume or simply just to experience and understand the election process. Our interns participate in conducting phone surveys in our call center and door to door in-person surveys with registered voters. I have had a number of Chapman students intern with our office who have moved on to work in the political field as a result of their internship with The Congressional Leadership Fund. This is a great opportunity for students to have first hand experience of our election process and open the door to future opportunities in the political field. I would like to extend the opportunity for your school’s students to intern in our office located in Tustin. CLF 2018 Fall Internship Flier without deadline — Henderson
  • The Josh Lowenthal for Assembly 2018 campaign
    The Josh Lowenthal for Assembly 2018 campaign seeks assertive individuals to conduct voter outreach to help ensure a Democratic victory across Orange County in November. Responsibilities will include making phone calls and/or door-to-door canvassing to identify supporters of the candidate, persuading those who are still undecided, and educating voters on the voting process. Must be able to walk quickly from door-to-door, have a valid Driver’s License, reliably insured vehicle and a cell phone. The hours are Mon-Thu 3:30pm-8:30pm. Sat. 9:30am-2:30pm, Sun. 12:00pm-5pm. Days are flexible, however you must be able to work the full five hour time frame.  The job pays $15/hour with incentives for 15-30 hours per week. Please email their resume to:
  • The Office of Career and Professional Development
    The Office of Career and Professional Development has a 2018 Fall internship opportunity with the Congressional Leadership Fund. Fall Intern – Congressional Leadership Fund If you are interested or have any questions about the opportunity or applying for the position, please feel free to reach out to Aaron Vilaubi, Internships are strongly encouraged and provide one of the best ways to enhance a political science major. Not only do students gain valuable skills and sample jobs in the field, they also become actively involved in the political process by pursuing an internship.
  • The Harley Rouda for U.S. House of Representatives
    The Harley Rouda for U.S. House of Representatives campaign is actively searching for passionate and driven students to serve as fellows on their field-team. Their fellowship program is a terrific way for students to gain community-organizing skills, build their personal network, and learn the various inner-workings of a field operation in one of the most-watched and closely-contested congressional districts in the entire country. No experience or specific majors are required to apply for the fellowship; only a positive, can-do attitude is necessary to thrive within the context of the program. Students who would like to apply should send their resume to
  • The Office of Los Angeles City Controller
    The Office of Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin is seeking dynamic, highly motivated interns in the areas of Accounting, Finance, Communications, Government and Community Affairs. The Internship Program offers opportunities to work directly with executive staff, City auditors and financial professionals in a cutting-edge government office. Visit their website at or contact the controller for further information (213) 978-7200.
  • The campaign to elect Tom Umberg to the State Senate in CA-34
    The campaign to elect Tom Umberg to the State Senate in CA-34 is looking for interns, paid canvassers, and volunteers for their campaign. Contact Bradley Hillary at (909) 565-6441.
  • Internship opportunity with a local Orange County grassroots campaign
    Sergio Contreras for Sanitary District is currently looking for inters who are interested in gaining experience and/or college credit to join the Contreras and Jamison Power team. Additionally, these interns will have an opportunity of entering a scholarship program and learn about local governments, politics, community, and leadership in a hands on fast moving environment. SC JP Internship – Scholarship flyer
  • Paid Student Internship:
    Do you want to be a student leader on campus encouraging students to register and vote? We are offering a paid student internship to do just this. Please visit our website to see the resources and learn how easy it is for your students to register and receive reminders to vote.
  • California Republican Party in Orange County:
    The California Republican Party – Victory 2018 has a volunteer/work experience program that is currently available to students interested in politics. Victory 2018 is a voter outreach and engagement program. Students who join can expect work experience in; communication skills, data collection, volunteer recruitment, voter outreach and engagement, knowledge about local issues impacting California, and can also learn about opportunities for advancement into careers in government & politics. We can also offer letters of recommendation and experience that will stand out on a resume. If interested, please contact (657) 204-3879, or you may reply to
  • Orange City Council
    Adrienne Gladson is running a candidate running for Orange City Council.  They are reaching out to our students to provide valuable experience to Political Science students at Chapman. They have opportunities for voter outreach through canvassing and phone banking. This will give students great insight and experience in local politics, an opportunity to network, and gain volunteer hours. Interested candidates click here.
  • The Josh Lowenthal for State Assembly
    It is no secret that the upcoming 2018 midterms are the most pivotal elections of our lifetime. Millennials are on pace to make up the biggest voting bloc in the country, showing that youth involvement is now more important than ever. The time to jump into politics is now, especially in an area as important as Orange County. The Josh Lowenthal for State Assembly campaign has many opportunities for students including volunteer work and internships, as well as paid opportunities to canvass and phone bank. Getting involved in this race will give students the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of a campaign while gaining experience in very important local elections. Contact Brett Hailey at for more information.
  • The Fund for American Studies (TFAS)
    Applications are now being accepted for the Spring and Summer 2019 International Affairs Academic Internship Programs hosted by The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) in Washington, DC. All of the programs include guaranteed internship placements, academic credit from George Mason University, furnished housing in downtown Washington, as well as many opportunities for networking and professional development. Learn more.
  • Politrip specialises in organising short-term voluntary placements on international political campaigns. It is the ultimate experience for political enthusiasts; providing students, graduates, young professionals and any politically minded individual the chance to immerse themselves in political campaigning across the world. During 2018 we sent 50 young people from the UK & Ireland to 4 states during the midterm elections (this included Congressional Districts 25 & 45 in California!). This year we are offering students from the USA the same opportunity to get a unique, hands on experience campaigning for the Northern Irish 2019 Local Government Elections. Applications to be part of the 2019 intake close on November 30th. Successful applicants must self-fund their trip and the programme is competitively priced, starting at just $1500 including accommodation, in-country transport, a local guide and a wide range of social and cultural activities. Successful applicants can pay their fee in instalments and must book their own flights to Dublin or Belfast. Learn more