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Internships and Research

At St. Kate’s, we encourage our political science majors to take advantage of internships at the local, state, national and international level. You can receive a maximum of eight credits for these experiences.

Internships allow you to explore prospective careers, gain valuable hands-on experience and develop professional contacts.

“My internship at the Minnesota State Capitol allowed me to work directly with legislators and lobbyists.” — Nicole Anderson, alumna

Our students have landed internships, in such places as the:

  • Minnesota House of Representatives and Senate
  • Republican Party of Minnesota
  • DFL Party of Minnesota
  • Minnesota Association of Women Lawyers
  • Minnesota Private College Council
  • The Center for Victims of Torture, St. Paul
  • Jane Addams School for Democracy, Minneapolis
  • International Center for Research on Women, Washington, D.C.
  • Sustainable Northern Ireland

These students include:

  • Cirien Saadeh, who served as a coordinator for Amnesty International's Minnesota student-based chapters. She also co-organized St. Kate's first Food Week in 2011 to raise awareness of issues in food production.
  • Elizabeth Pikula, who was an intern with the DFL and worked on Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton's campaign.

At St. Kate's, we offer valuable job connections, networking opportunities and career advice through our:

  • Career Development Office
  • Alumnae Career Transition and Networking Group
  • Summer Leadership Seminars
  • Career Opportunities Fair — the largest among private colleges in Minnesota
  • St. Catherine Forum on Women in Leadership — the oldest and most respected in the region. Past presenters include former Enron Vice President Sherron Watkins and Olympic athlete Jackie Joyner Kersee.

Our students also gain a competitive edge for graduate school and their professional career through:

Research opportunities

The Assistantship Mentoring Program (AMP) is an innovative, paid work-and-learning experience that pairs students in their junior or senior year with faculty or staff mentors on a specific project. AMP gave alumnae Clara Burgert and Diana Viteri the chance to work with political science Professor Brooke Harlowe on a community project in Carmen Pampa, Bolivia. Learn about AMP in our University magazine, SCAN »

Co-curricular activities

Further your knowledge about public policy, human rights and the political process through the Political Science Club, St. Kate’s Votes, Amnesty International and the Student Senate. Activities include planning Constitution Week in September, registering voters and driving students to the polls during election season, and hosting guest speakers on campus, such as Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie at St. Kate’s 2011 Food Week.

Library resources

St. Kate's library provides free access to a number of political science and law databases. For example, CQ Global Researcher, which includes comprehensive analysis on issues in the United States and world news from Congressional Quarterly.