Student Experiences

Every year, Ohio State political science students intern at a wide variety of sites in Columbus, around the country, and across the globe. Completing an internship allows students to gain valuable workplace skills and experience in the field while also supplementing their political science education with real world knowledge. Below are just a few of the recent internship positions held by our students. 

Erica Price

Internship site: Community Refugee and Immigration Services, Autumn 2015

"As an ESOL intern at Community Refugee and Immigration Services I help teach refugees the English language and proper communication skills for the American culture. Being at an organization that provides so many different services to help resettle refugees, I also get to see the difficult barriers they face even after they arrive in the U.S. – like receiving benefits while they attend classes to gain the skills needed to find work. After graduation I want to work for an NGO aimed at helping women and children in developing states and this opportunity has taught me so much about some of the things I may end up encountering. Interning in an environment with people from all over the world with varying backgrounds and stories has been an incredible experience, and I’m constantly inspired by every single person there!" 

Rylee Welker

Internship site: Ohio Governor's Office, Autumn 2015

"As a part-time employee of the Ohio Governor’s Office I am getting firsthand experience working for an executive office. Although I hold a junior staff position, I am able to work and communicate with everyone including senior staff, giving me a great opportunity to learn from those who have been involved in communication, policy, and legislation. As a student at Ohio State I am very lucky to attend school located in our state capitol or else I would not have this opportunity. My position as a staff assistant comes with many different tasks. My different tasks include opening and sorting the mail, writing proclamations, tracking inventory of the office, answering calls, and helping with special events. By opening and sorting the mail and answering calls I am able to learn about the concerns of Ohio Constituents. Concerns can range from “hot button” issues like defunding Planned Parenthood to concerns about a citizen owning a pet deer. I have been able to learn just how the Governor’s Office works with the different state departments on these issues to come to a resolve. I am very proud to work for an administration that has accomplished so much in the state of Ohio."  

Austin Shafer-Farmer

Internship site: Manley Deas Kochalski, Autumn 2015

"This is my third year working as an intern at Manley Deas Kochalsi (MDK), a foreclosure law firm. During my time at MDK I have done a multitude of tasks. My favorite tasks have been preparing legal documents, reviewing case files and identifying issues, following up with clients on issues in files, reviewing hearing outcomes, and processing mail. Yes, processing mail is one of my favorite tasks because I am able to read actual pleadings and get a better understanding of how attorneys apply the law. I enjoy the complex work the legal field offers because there isn’t whole lot of boring work. The work we do is complex and can be intimidating for an intern, but MDK gives extensive training to all of its employees, and the attorneys are more than happy to answer anybody’s questions. Being able to get my feet wet as an intern in a law firm has reaffirmed my drive to go to law school." 

Joe Twinem

Internship site: The Macedonian national assembly, Summer 2015

Photo of OSU student at the Macedonian Assembly“As an intern in The Assembly of Macedonia I have the chance to work side by side with government ministers, MEPs, MPs, and Ambassadors on a daily basis. During my internship I do policy research and analysis, attend national diplomatic meetings, and have attended a number of European Commission summits across the Balkans. As part of my internship, I have the opportunity to work for two weeks at a time in the offices of the Minister of Foreign Investment, Foreign Minister, and Minister of Defense. Living and working for the summer in Macedonia has been the experience of a lifetime - being able to sit side-by-side with those who are making decisions for the nation has taught me so much! Macedonia is the 2nd fastest growing nation in Europe, and it is incredible to be able to be present in the founding of this country's future.”

Kaitlyn Holzer

Internship site: The Legal Aid Society of Columbus, Summer 2015

"This summer I am interning at The Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC). As an undergraduate student, I feel lucky to have the opportunity to be able to work in a law firm, since many firms prefer law students as their interns. My responsibilities at LASC include helping clients with their application for service, both in person and on the phone, answering client phone calls, organizing the filing at the front desk, and of course, making copies. LASC is a pro bono law firm that represents low-income individuals; because LASC is pro bono, I feel that by working here, I also have a chance to give back to the community. Through this internship I have gained a greater knowledge about Ohio’s state court system and have gotten to work with the general public for the first time. I highly recommend this internship for any undergraduate who is interested in applying for law school." 

Jackson Garrity

Internship site: Policy Matters Ohio, Summer 2015

“Overall, I think I have gained a lot of skills at Policy Matters Ohio that will help me achieve my future career goals.  I think one of the most basic skills I picked up was to simply use office programs like Excel and Microsoft office, which are programs I have not used before but I know are very prevalent in almost any field.  I also learned about the procedures of congressional committee meetings and got an inside look at how legislation is drafted and pushed through the political process so that it can ultimately be voted on.  I learned how to communicate and work effectively with other interns to set up a campaign to communicate our messages successfully.  I also learned how to communicate with partners, whether they were in legislative offices or special interest groups.  All these skills are applicable to a variety of fields, but especially American politics, which is the field I am most interested in working.  I was able to make a lot of connections and meet people who I hope will be able to help me as I continue to try to form a professional image of myself.  Altogether, I think that working at Policy Matters really gave me my first deep look at what a career in the world of American politics is like, and I hope it will be very helpful moving forward.”

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