From the Department

  • Dr. Patrick Haney, Chair

    Welcome to the Department of Political Science. Prospective students will find information about majors and what you might study as a Political Science student at Miami University. Current students will find information about your professors, office hours, major and minor requirements, internships, fellowships, jobs, and upcoming current events. Alumni will find information about what other alumni are doing and learn how you might be able to Make a Difference. We are very proud of our faculty, staff, current students and alumni. Please look around and you will understand why.

The Latest from POL

  • Congratulations 2016 graduates!

    Love and Honor... 


  • Congratulations to all POL award recipients!

    The Department of Political Science 2015-16 Awards Banquet was held in the Marcum Center on Tuesday, April 26.

    You can see all the 2015-16 award recipients here...

    Awards Banquet Dinner


    IES 440D/540D and POL 460D/560D

    Ohio Citizen Action

    Largest offshore windfarm stuns media (European Tribune)

    Energy production is one of the most important and complex issues facing the United States and the world. In this country, the lack of comprehensive and long-range energy strategies has led to the development of a system of competing special interests focused on narrow short-term goals. At the same time, energy policy has a direct impact on critical concerns of the 21 st century, including climate change, national security, environmental degradation, public health, and economic stability.

    Instructor Jane Harf brings a unique perspective to this discussion, having managed energy issues in leadership positions at the Sierra Club (environmental nonprofit), Ohio EPA (state regulatory agency), and American Electric Power (large investor-owned utility) – three very different and important entities in energy policy development and advocacy. While often seen as competing, Ms. Harf maintains that the interests of activists, citizens, customers, and shareholders have common threads that can be woven together to create a coherent energy strategy. She has built successful coalitions to pursue responsible, equitable, and forward-looking policy outcomes. Most recently, Ms. Harf led a statewide effort to demonstrate support for renewable energy and energy efficiency, bringing together businesses, community institutions, nonprofit organizations, and local governments.

    The first part of this seminar-style course will examine changes in energy generation and distribution systems in the U.S., the role of influential stakeholders, the fiscal and environmental policies that determine winner and losers, and the impact of alternative policy options for the future.

    The second part of the course will focus on the international energy landscape – including a retrospective of United Nations climate conferences from Rio de Janeiro in 1992 to Paris in 2015 – and will evaluate the role of the United States in determining the eventual outcome. The question of how we move forward in the current political environment to design a meaningful and effective energy strategy will be a central question for class consideration.

    This class counts as a POL elective and an elective for the IES Sustainability and Energy co-majors.

  • Ryoya Kangawa-MPSA Poster Presentation

    POL Graduate Student Ryoya Kangawa presents poster at MPSA.

    Ryoya Kangawa-MPSA Poster Presentation

  • Maggie Reilly '17 elected ASG President

    POL pride...

    Maggie Reilly, ASG President

  • March 2016 eNewsletter

    What's going on in the Department of Political Science?

    Click here to read our latest eNewsletter.

  • The Augustus J. “Gus” Jones, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

    The Department of Political Science and the family of Dr. Jones wish to honor Gus’s memory by establishing a scholarship in his name: The Augustus J. “Gus” Jones, Jr. Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded every spring for the next academic year and given to to students of historically underrepresented populations, with first preference to African American students. Checks can be made to the Miami University Foundation and note “Gus Jones” on the memo line, or gifts can be made online at, and click “other fund” and in the box below write “Gus Jones.”


Upcoming Speakers

  • To be announced...


News for Students

  • Internship Application now ONLINE

    Visit the Internships and Fellowships page for information and to submit your internship application using our online more paper!

    Internships and Fellowships

  • Entry Level Job Opportunities with Partnership for Public Service

    The Partnership for Public Service is a dynamic nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that works to revitalize the federal government by inspiring a new generation of Americans into federal service and by transforming the way government works. They are currently hiring for a number of entry level positions.

    Learn more about the openings and apply here:

    Contact Colleen Rasa at or (240) 441-4356 with any questions.

  • Opportunities in Public Affairs-Jobs

    Opportunities in Public Affairs is an excellent resource for Capitol Hill Jobs, Legislative jobs, and Public Affairs and PR jobs in the Washington, DC area and nationwide.

    Opportunities in Public Affairs

  • Who is my POL Advisor?

    The POL advisors list has been updated for 2015-16. Please refer to the updated list as you prepare to meet with your advisor. NOTE: Advisors have been assigned for incoming first year students (2015) and returning students (began before this fall). Be sure you check the correct list to find your advisor.

    Who is my POL Advisor?

    Faculty Office Hours

  • Faculty office hours updated for Spring

    All of the POL faculty and staff Spring office hours can be found on the POL website.

    Faculty Office Hours


  • Ohio Democratic Party Fellowship

    POSTED 4/25:  Fellows will be responsible for organizing in communities across the state of Ohio - recruiting volunteers, registering and speaking with voters, attending political events, and helping maintain our database.

    The ideal Fellow must be energetic, efficient, well-organized and able to think on his/her feet. Fellows should be comfortable working with deadlines, multi-tasking, being part of a team, and handling high pressure situations. No experience is required, but Fellows should be strongly committed to Democratic ideals. All positions are unpaid.

    Summer fellows will be trained in two waves, and summer fellows are expected to commit at least 6 non-consecutive weeks to the program over the course of the summer.

    Wave 1: starting Monday, May 9
    Wave 2: starting Saturday, June 11"

    Here is the link that interested students can use to apply:

  • House Judiciary Committee Internship, Fall 2016

    The House Judiciary Committee is currently looking for interested students that would like to intern for the Committee over the Fall 2016 semester.  The internship is unpaid, but is subject to flexible scheduling over the timeframe of September through December this year, and it offers invaluable work experience to undergrad and law students alike interested in a future in public service. 


    -          Regarding undergraduate students – we accept a minimum of 3 interns year-round to work in our office (depending on the students’ schedules). These interns’ duties include: the coordination and oversight of all Committee proceedings; manning of the front lobby of a highly-trafficked Hill office; and tending to special projects assigned by the staff including legislative and judicial research efforts.


    If interested, visit this link for application details: deadline for application submission is Wednesday, June 1, 2016. Scheduling of phone interviews will start that day. 

  • Portman for Senate Campaign Internship

    POSTED 3/31: The Portman for Senate Campaign is looking for interns to participate in our summer program.

    Great opportunity for those interested in learning more about campaigns and politics. Flexible hours and able to work with busy schedules.

    Interns will be exposed to:

    • Political Campaign Strategy
    • Voter Targeting and Contact Methods
    • Grassroots Organizing and Networking
    • Discussion of Current Political Issues

    Contact if interested: Evan Albertson

    For Southwest Ohio internships, contact Bethany Barlow,

  • Schneider for Congress Internships

    Brad Schneider for Congress (IL-10) is now accepting applications for our Spring and Summer 2016 Internship and Fellowship Programs. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has named the 10th congressional district Democratic candidate Brad Schneider to its "Red-To-Blue" program. The Organizing Internship/ Fellowship is a program that will train and develop the next generation of community organizers and help our organization prepare for Election Day in November 2016. Organizing fellows and interns will help our movement expand its outreach efforts in communities across the 10th congressional district and get first-hand experience of what it takes to win! Fellows and interns who complete the program will leave with a full understanding of the most effective tools and methods that organizers use to make change in their communities. Our interns and fellows get hands-on campaign experience on one of the most competitive congressional races in the country and play a critical role in supporting our field, finance, political, communications and digital teams. Fellowship Program (15-20 hours/week, Full time 40+ hours/week available to qualified candidates) Our selective full time fall fellowships are geared towards college juniors, seniors and recent graduates. Fellows will work closely with our field organizers, senior staff, lead teams of interns, and propose and spearhead their own projects. Past Schneider for Congress fellows have gone on to staff positions at races across the country. Internship Program (6-12 hours/week) Our part time internships are open to high school and college students as well as recent graduates. Interns work in teams to support both our field and finance teams and learn the ins and outs of fundraising as well as grassroots organizing. Qualifications: No previous campaign experience is required. Applicants must be: -Passionate about electing Democrats -Energetic and hardworking -Detail-oriented and able to multi-task -Able to thrive in a fast-paced campaign environment To Apply: Send an email titled "YOUR NAME - Internship/Fellowship Application" with a PDF of your resume to
  • National Governors Association Internship

    POSTED 3/28:

    The National Governors Association (NGA)seeks an experienced professional to join us as an Intern in the Office of Federal Relations. 

    NGA is the bipartisan organization of the nation’s governors. Through NGA, governors share best practices, speak with a collective voice on national policy and develop innovative solutions that improve state government and support the principles of federalism. 

    The mission of the NGA Office of Federal Relations is to ensure that governors’ views are represented in the shaping of federal policy. NGA policy positions, reflecting governors’ principles on priority issues, guide the association’s efforts to influence federal laws and regulations affecting states. 

    We are in search of two full-time paid summer scholars beginning in May 2016. The scholars will work on a wide variety of issues supporting our five standing committees: Economic Development and Commerce, Education and Workforce, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security and Public Safety, and Natural Resources. The scholars will perform research; monitor legislation; draft memos, letters and reports; coordinate and participate in meetings; interact with governors' staff; and other duties as assigned.


    Applicants will be graduate or undergraduate students in a public policy, political science or related program with an interest in state government, intergovernmental relations, public policy and/or public administration. Successful applicants will possess exceptional oral and written communications skills, the ability to work independently, a high degree of professionalism and integrity, and a strong desire to find bipartisan solutions for state issues.

  • POLITICO Events team internship

    POSTED 2/22: The POLITICO Events team is looking for up to 3 interns to join our team in executing our Republican and Democratic Conventions programming in July 2016. At each convention, POLITICO Events will be creating a hub where all events will be based throughout the Convention week. This will range from one-on-one interviews to panel discussions to a nightly lounge and watch party. Interns will receive training to help with a variety of tasks, including, but not limited to: registration, guiding guests throughout the space, prepping the event space with swag and promotional materials. This is a great opportunity to learn all aspects of event planning and production. Interns will be under the direct supervision of POLITICO Event management.

    Read more:
  • Environment America 2016 Fellowship Program

    ONGOING: Environment America seeks talented candidates for their fellowship program and digital campaign team. These are entry level positions that start in August of 2016. Positions are available in Washington, D.C.; Boston, MA; Denver, CO; Philadelphia, PA; Portland, OR; and Raleigh, NC. For more information and to apply go to

  • George Washington University U.S. Foreign Policy Summer Program is now accepting applications

    U.S. Foreign Policy in a Global Era: Washington, D.C. and the World

    Advanced Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, and Professionals Invited to Apply

    Session One: May 16-27
    Session Two: July 11-23



  • Republican Leadership Initiative opportunity

     Posted 1/5/16

    Republican Leadership Initiative

  • City Internships

    ONGOING: City Internships runs immersive career training programs for college students and recent graduates. Applications are open for 2016 spring and summer global internship programs in London, Los Angeles and New York. They're designed to expand participants; horizons and get them job-ready. For each program, on top of hard and soft skill building at weekly career seminars, workshops and networking events, participants undertake an internship placement at one of our partner companies. Students and graduates develop real-world skills, build their professional network and fast-track their career.
    For more information and to apply, visit
  • Internships in Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley's office

    ONGOING: Mayor John Cranley's office is now accepting applications for spring, summer, and fall internships. If interested, send your resume and writing sample to


  • Rep. Wenstrup Internships

    ONGOING:  Rep. Wenstrup’s is looking for spring interns in his Cincinnati office. 

    Spring Session – Preference will extended to those who submit applications by November 15th
    Summer Session – Preference will extended to those who submit applications by April 15th
    Fall Session – Preference will extended to those who submit applications by July 15th

    Visit his Internship Application website to apply.

  • Paid Research Apprenticeships

    ONGOING: You are invited to participate in the Humanities Center’s new Research Apprenticeship Program. You can now apply to work as a paid Research Apprenticeship on a real research project conducted by a member of the humanities faculty at Miami University. The goal of this program is to foster faculty-student collaborations that give students valuable experience assisting on a real research projects. Please go to Research Apprenticeship Opportunities to see a list of current openings and instructions on how to apply. There are currently openings on a number of exciting projects. You can read more about the Research Apprenticeships Program and other undergraduate research opportunities by going to the Humanities Center website and highlighting the UNDERGRADUATE menu item. Tim Melley, Professor of English and Director of the Miami University Humanities Center
  • Center for American Progress-Communications Internship

    ONGOING: American Progress’s Communications team works to pursue progressive change by connecting American Progress’s experts, ideas, events, and publications with the media and the public. The team works to develop and execute comprehensive and innovative communications strategies to get American Progress’s policy priorities the attention they deserve.

    Visit the website for more information.

  • The Borgen Project

    ONGOING: The Borgen Project, a national campaign focused on alleviating poverty in developing nations. Through securing support from congressional leaders, we hope to pass bills and mobilize citizens to become more knowledgeable and active on development and foreign aid policies. We've got internship and volunteer opportunities opening in our Seattle office and nationwide.

    Seattle Internships

    Telecommute Internships

    Volunteer Opportunities

  • Cornerstone

    ONGOING: The Cornerstone Government Affairs intern program provides a unique opportunity for selected candidates to gain irreplaceable experience at the heart of Capitol Hill. Our intern program offers first-hand exposure to the people and processes of Congress and Washington, DC. Interested candidates should apply directly to Cornerstone’s Intern Coordinator, Madeleine Cantrel at An application includes a cover letter and resume.

    The email’s subject line should read: Full Name – Internship Application

    Download with more info and deadlines. (PDF 53KB)

  • Ohio Republicans

    Ohio Republican Party Internships  

    more information