Internship and Research Opportunities

White House Office of Presidential Correspondence Associate Program

The White House Office of Presidential Correspondence (OPC) Associate Program is open every spring, summer, and fall, and we are currently accepting applications for the Spring 2015 semester.  Associates work alongside our staff and interns, gaining valuable professional experience while learning about the White House and the Federal Government. Our associates serve in our office for a minimum of 30 hours per week. 

A number of students and alumni from your school have participated in our program in the past, and we appreciate your continued effort to pass information about this opportunity on to the students and recent graduates of your institution.  

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and hold U.S. citizenship, and they must be currently enrolled in or recently finished with a degree seeking program . The Spring 2015 program lasts from January 13 – May 1.  The final deadline to apply is September 19, 2014. This is an unpaid position. If a student or graduate is interested in applying, please encourage the applicant to email a resume and a statement of interest to:  If applicants are interested in opportunities involving time commitments less than 30 hours per week, please for more information.

Please feel free to direct any questions your office or applicants may have to

New Era Colorado Summer Fellowship Program

New Era Colorado is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that works to engage young people in the political process through civic engagement, advocacy, and leadership development. They are a homegrown organization focusing on state- and local-level issues.

This summer, they’re offering a full-time summer fellowship program in Denver to train the next generation of young leaders to create change in their communities. More info is available on their website.

The Democracy Fellows will learn to lead, organize, and advocate for the issues they are passionate about, and can receive need-based stipends for their participation. They'll learn from the best in their fields in Colorado how to write field plans, craft a media strategy, build relationships with volunteers, and more.

New Era Colorado is excited to offer this opportunity to students at Tulane.

Fall Semester at CIAPA

Have you ever wanted to participate in an international internship and receive Tulane credit? Here is your chance! Tulane’s Central American Experience @ CIAPA introduces students to a region of the world fascinating in its historical, geographical, and biological diversity, and closely tied to the United States and the Gulf South.  Based at Tulane’s CIAPA campus in San José, Costa Rica, students will take courses in Central American politics and culture from a regional perspective, participate in internships in San Jose, and visit field sites throughout Costa Rica and Nicaragua.



POLS 4560: Service Internship


POLC 3310: Governments of Central America


LAST 4950: Politics of Migration


POLI 3520: International Organizations in Costa Rica


COMM 4300: Media and Democracy in Latin America

Spanish language course


Excursions and field trips

Tours of forest preserves, national parks, beaches, and volcanoes


International Organizations such as UNESCO, ILO, UNDP, & Peace



Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica and other government institutions


Week-long research trip to study immigration and Central American politics in Nicaragua


Week-long homestay program in rural Costa Rica


You can accomplish all of this while studying abroad in beautiful Costa Rica.


Don’t miss this chance to spend your spring semester in Costa Rica as an intern with an internationally known governmental or cultural organization! Visit our website to learn more about the program and the CIAPA campus in San José, Costa Rica. Admissions are rolling until the program has filled. Interested students should contact Professor Annie Gibson (

Pura Vida!


Dr. Annie Gibson

Center for Global Education

The Public Service Internship Program

The Department of Political Science, in conjunction with the Center for Public Service (, sponsors supervised public service internships for undergraduate majors. Through this program, students earn 3 political science credits and complete their second tier public service graduation requirement. Students may receive political science credit for one internship only.   Please note that your internship credits (POLS 4560) will not count as one of the two 4000 level courses required for the political science major.


Finding and Internship 

Students are welcome to find internship opportunities on their own, subject to the approval of the Center for Public Service. Others can use the services of the Center for Public Service, which maintains a list of available internship sites and can also help locate additional sites related to the student's area of special interest. You may browse possible internship opportunities here:


Program Requirements

1.    The Public Service Internship Program is open to political science majors with a minimum 3.0 GPA who have fulfilled their first tier public service graduation requirement.

2.    Interns are required to complete 60 hours of unpaid service at an approved site.

3.    Students must attend a weekly academic seminar concurrently with their internship.  (If internships are done during the summer, the academic seminar will be done online.)

4.    Students must apply to the program prior to the start of their internship (see “Application Process” below.  You may not receive credit for a internship retroactively.


Application Process

To apply for the internship program, please visit the CPS website to complete the online application.  (  Generally, applications for spring internship are due in early December, summer interns must apply by April, and fall interns by early August.  Exact program application deadlines may be found here:

For more information, please contact:


Sarah Berger

Internship Senior Program Coordinator

Center for Public Service

102A Alcee Fortier

(504) 862-3355


Dr. Myriam Huet

Program Manager for Internships

Center for Public Service

102D Alcee Fortier

(504) 862-3357


Dr. Casey Love, Senior Professor of Practice

Departmental Internship Coordinator

307 Norman Mayer Building

(504) 862-8315

Tulane University, Political Science Dept, 316 Norman Mayer Bldg, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5166