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Political Science

Learning Beyond the Classroom

Students in the political science major have many opportunities to learn beyond the classroom, gaining invaluable experience and building their resumes:

Public Service Internship

Students majoring in Political Science can gain knowledge of politics through taking an internship during their undergraduate years to fostering academic experiential learning.  Internships are offered in the fall, spring, and summer.  Students can create their own internship with the department’s guidance or choose an internship from our database.  The Public Service Fall/Spring Internship is an 8 credit/two course equivalent, with 4 credits towards Political Science and 4 credits toward electives.   Students work at least 20 hours per week in the public service field and have a required research paper.  For the fall and spring semesters, internships are 8 credits and for the summer semester, internships are 4 credits.   Students can complete up to 12 internship credits; one fall or spring and a summer internship.   If you are interested or have any questions, contact Dr. Wessel at

Washington Semester

Students may study in their junior year at the American University Washington Semester Program. Two scholarships per year are available. (15 credits) If you are interested or have any questions contact Ms. Mary McHugh at:

Model United Nations

Students may represent Merrimack College at the annual Harvard Model United Nations. Delegations from over 50 colleges meet for a four-day conference to discuss world issues. If you are interested or have any questions contact Dr. Bilev at

Junior Year/Semester Abroad

Students may apply to one of several university programs.

John F. Kennedy Library

Students may attend a number of special events at the Library, including biennial conferences on important events in American politics.