Department of Political Science, Queens College


This course combines real world experience with reading and written analysis. Students from any major are welcome in the course. Because of the heavy time commitment, students in academic trouble should not attempt the course. Students must consult the instructor before registering for the course. Requirements vary; there are several options, but all internships are for credit and all internships receive a letter grade.  See the “Requirements” page of this web site for details.

Below is a partial list of internships generally available, which includes elected officials at the city, county, state, and federal levels; media, including the major networks and Queens weekly newspapers; community groups working on the environment and other issues; advocacy groups including those focused on GLBT issues, sweatshop labor, homelessness, and anti-Asian discrimination; government agencies, groups involved in international relations.  A separate list on this web site covers law related internships.
Unless otherwise noted, internships are in Queens. Students may also arrange their own internships in consultation with the instructor.

Elected Officials (Virtually any elected official will take interns from our program)

Senator Schumer's NYC office (Manhattan)
Senator Gillibrand's NYC office (Manhattan)
Congressman Crowley's Queens office
Congresswoman Meng's Queens office

  • New York State Legislature
    • State Senate     
      • Senator Toby Stavisky
      • Senator Jose Peralta

    • Assembly
      Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan
      Assemblyman Ron Kim

  • New York City Council
    Councilman Mark Weprin
  • Councilman Daniel Dromm
    Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer
    Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras

  • Nassau County Legislature

Media Related
FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting) - Monitors the mainstream media
ABC (local and national)
The Western Queens Gazette (Weekly Community Newspaper)
The Queens Courier (weekly newspaper in Queens)

Community Groups
ACORN-organizes low and moderate income groups (Queens and Brooklyn)
Long Island Progressive Coalition (Syosset)
Justice Works (Brooklyn)
The Audre Lorde Project
The Astoria Coalition (Works on local environmental issues)

Advocacy Groups
The Empire State Pride Agenda (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender)
Public Education Association
National Jobs for All Coalition
International Action Center               
United States Fund for UNICEF
National Labor Committee (Works on Sweatshop Labor)
The Coalition for the Homeless
Asian-American Legal Defense Fund

Government Agencies and Not-For-Profit Organizations
New York State Division of Human Rights (Manhattan and Nassau-Antidiscrimination)
Community Boards
US Secret Service
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, US Treasury

International Politics (All in Manhattan)
The Foreign Policy Association
International Action Center
The Council on Foreign Relations
Human Rights Watch
Women's Environment and Development Organization
The Greek Consulate
Other Consulates may be available