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in Political Science, Public Administration, and Paralegal Studies at the University of Tennessee at Martin




    Our internships offer both academic credit (Political science, POSC 410; public administration, POSC 420; paralegal, POSC 393) and an exciting opportunity to learn about the political and legal systems first-hand.  Our students regularly participate in internship experiences in offices at all levels of government and in law offices around West Tennessee.  For more about our internship opportunities, contact me ( 

Legislative Internship Program  

 The centerpiece of our internship programs is U. T. M.'s participation in the Tennessee Legislative Internship Program.  During each spring, U. T. M. students can spend the entire semester interning with our state's legislature, the Tennessee General Assembly, serving with either a legislative committee office or a leadership office in the House or Senate.

    To participate in the legislative internship program, students must go through a competitive application process.  Applications are usually available around the first week in September.  Applicants must meet the state program requirements; specifically, they must (1) be at least a junior at the time they apply; (2) have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average; and (3) be registered to vote in Tennessee.  After a review by a screening committee, U. T. M. will send a list of nominees to interview with the state committee in Nashville.  If accepted, the student will spend the spring semester in Nashville and will receive at least 12 hours of academic credit.

    If you are interested in this exciting program, please contact me at

Applications for the 2017 Tennessee Legislative Internship Program will be available in early September!  Completed applications will be due to Dr. Chris Baxter on Friday, October 7.  Please contact Dr. Baxter for details.


Other Internship Opportunities

        Internship Opportunities with Tennessee's Congressional Delegation:

Senator Lamar Alexander


Senator Bob Corker

· Nashville --

The Governor's Office   Governor Bill Haslam offers internship opportunities in several departments in the executive branch.  Click this link to see available positions and application deadlines. 


Washington, D.C. :    The following organizations offer internship programs in the Washington, D.C. area.  Application can be made directly to the organization.

            White House Internships

            The Washington Center:  Offers internships and academic seminars to all majors in numerous policy areas.

           The American Security Project:  U.T. Martin is a partner of the ASP; please contact Dr. Malcolm Koch ( for more details on internship opportunities

            Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS):  Offers policy internships, particularly in the area of international relations.

             Guide to Public Service Internships from

                  Fiscal/Budgetary Policy Internships through the Concord Coalition and the Peter G. Peterson Foundation:  10-week PAID internship opportunities learning fiscal policy

Last Updated  8-8-16.


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