Allegheny Political Science Students Put Learning Into Action

As a Political Science student, you can expand your interests and gain valuable experience through a wide range of opportunities on the Allegheny campus and beyond.

The Center for Political Participation

The Center for Political Participation (CPP) works to address issues that students care about — and gives them the tools to be politically active. The CPP plans and supports events encouraging political participation, such as:

  • Town hall meetings
  • Short courses
  • Debate and election watch parties
  • Local candidate forums
  • Get-out-the-vote efforts

Students from any major can apply to be a CPP Student Fellow; this leadership group helps to plan and advance the center’s initiatives.

Center for Political Participation (CPP)
Political Science Students
Concentration in Law & Policy

In this professional development program, you can combine your academic goals with opportunities in international or domestic law and policy, including:

  • Career education
  • Internships
  • Studying away
  • Civic learning
  • Community programming.
Robert H. Jackson Center Affiliation

Allegheny’s affiliation with the Robert H. Jackson Center allows students to intern, conduct research, participate in enriching programming, and extend their professional network.

The center advances the legacy of Robert H. Jackson, who served as solicitor general, attorney general, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and chief U.S. prosecutor at the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal.

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Get Involved in Clubs and Organizations

Political Science students can pursue their passions in a wide range of student-led organizations, including:

  • Andrew Goodman Foundation Student Ambassadors
  • Allegheny Student Government
  • College Democrats
  • College Republicans
  • Mock Trial
  • Women of Color in Politics
  • Amnesty International
  • Model UN
  • Pre-Law Club
  • Allegheny College Socialists
  • Student Alliance for Prison Reform
  • Student Coalition for Labor
  • United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

Recent Internships

Center for American Progress

U.S. domestic politics & policy

Erie County Department of Human Services

U.S. domestic politics & policy

U.S. Department of State

Foreign policy

Department of Homeland Security

Security & intelligence

International Institute of Erie

Human rights & refugee issues

Conservation International

Environmental policy & protection

Recent Senior Comps

The Senior Comp is the culmination of four years of experience, imagination, and study. It is the moment when you demonstrate what you’ve learned by teaching us something new.

Police Corruption: Assessing the Role of Institutional Structure on Police Corruption in Mexico and Chile

Black Women’s Journey: The Bridge Back to Us

Populist Executives: Catalyst to Democratic Backsliding

The Women’s March: An Analysis of Social Movement Outcomes

It Takes a Church? Using Religion to Explain Cross-National Differences in Family Policy

Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship

Embassy of Egypt

City of Rochester

White House

Cooperative Policy Program with Carnegie Mellon

Many Political Science majors participate in a cooperative program with Carnegie Mellon University in the area of Public Policy. Students spend three years taking courses at Allegheny and two years at CMU, resulting in a combined B.A./Master’s in less time than is usually required to earn both degrees.

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