Student Opportunities

Research, Employment, and Internships with Democracy and Governance

Students in Democracy and Governance frequently take advantage of a number of opportunities within the program for employment and personal enrichment. 

Student Internships

Take advantage of Democracy and Governance's internship for credit program. We have a number of partnerships with public and private organizations that helps place students into internship positions:

Organization of American States (OAS): Through our partnership we sponsor, along with the Department of Government, up to 5 interns per year. Interns work primiarily with the elections division on issues related to electoral integrity and management in Latin America. This is a great opportunity for students interested in work on these themes and the regions, as well as for those who want to gain experience working for an international organization. 

Democracy International (DI): Through our partnership we generally sponsor an intern a year, depending on demand, to work on various projects. Several interns have been able to translate this experience into full time employment after graduation.

International Republican Institute (IRI) / National Democratic Institute (NDI): In the past we have sponsored interns at both IRI and NDI through our professional partnership. 

Student Employment

Depending on availability we hire students in the following positions:

Democracy & Society Editor/Co-Editor: These positions oversee the biannual publication of the journal Democracy and Society under the supervision of the Associate Director of the program. Work is approximately 8-10 hours per week. Responsibilities include:

  • Arranging and disseminating the call for submissions
  • Evaluation and editing of articles for publication
  • Conducting special features such as interviews and solicitation of senior research or book excerpts
  • Coordination with the printing house and webmaster over design and publication

Program Webmaster: This position oversees the program's online presence, including the webpage, social media accounts, and blog. The webmaster works under the supervision of the Associate Director of the program. Work is approximately 6-8 hours per week. Responsibilities include:

  • Periodic updates to the website (new students, new faculty) 
  • Notification of program news and events via the website, email, and social media outlets
  • Frequent posting on the program's social media outlets of general news relevant to the D&G field
  • Improvements to the website design and content 

Democracy & Society Blogger: This position posts weekly 650-800 blog posts to the Democracy & Society blog on current events and their relationship to the D&G field. Work is approximately 6-8 hours a week. 

Research Assistantship: A Research Assistantship (RA) is an opportunity for Democracy and Governance students to work with faculty who share similar research interests. Faculty from various programs across campus sponsor RAs. Work is approximately 8-10 hours a week.