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Department of Political Science


Internships provide students with valuable real-world experiences.  Students learn what it is like to work in a government agency or non-profit organization.  Internships also offer the opportunity for students to make important professional contacts.  These experiences can often lead to full-time job offers.

MPA Internship Requirement

An internship in a public organization or nonprofit agency is required of all students who lack significant administrative experience. The internship is an integral part of the curriculum, as it gives students an opportunity to experience the real world of public service.


Past Internship Placements

  • City of Columbia - Utilities & Engineering Department
  • South Carolina Legislative Audit Council
  • Electric Cooperative of South Carolina
  • Columbia Housing Authority
  • The Carter Center
  • Electric Coops of South Carolina
  • R & L Glover Enterprises – North Carolina
  • State Treasurer's Office
  • South Carolina Association of Taxpayers
  • Budget & Program Management Office of South Carolina
  • South Carolina State Senate Finance Committee