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Internships, Research and Study Abroad

Education isn’t limited to the classroom. Set yourself apart with experiential learning.


Internships help lay a foundation for your career. Thanks to our location in North Carolina’s state capital and our talented faculty and alumni base, the School of Public and International Affairs can help you start building your own network as you plan for your career.

Our students participate in wide-ranging internships — in both the public and private sectors — in North Carolina, Washington and across the globe. Settings include:

  • Nonprofits and businesses.
  • Government agencies.
  • Political campaigns.
  • Law firms.
  • Museums and tourism offices.

Study Abroad

Studying abroad provides a valuable perspective for students hoping to work in public administration, diplomacy, politics and more. You will gain unique insights by studying in places like China, France, South Africa and Cuba — just to name a few.

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Undergraduate Research

Take advantage of the chance to conduct research alongside our amazing faculty. Students can conduct their own research with a faculty mentor or work with faculty as a research assistant. Opportunities also exist for students to present their research at symposiums and conferences. Most undergraduate researchers also join the department honors program. Several kinds of grants are available to fund student research. Contact for more information.

We also offer a limited number of J.W. Pope Foundation undergraduate grants for student projects in political science. These awards are for top students who undertake work of the highest quality. For more information, contact Andrew J. Taylor.