Department of Political Science

Our Political Science Internship Program

Political Science Student researching intershipsFort Lewis College Political Science students have interned with members of the U.S. Congress, the state legislatures, numerous interest groups and local governmental agencies.  Durango and the Four Corners Region are home to a wide range of national and state public agencies.  These include the National Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, numerous law enforcement agencies, state and federal courts, tribal agencies, city governments and the offices of district attorneys and public defenders.  Thus, opportunities abound for working with government and organizations which play vital roles in the formation and/or implementation of public policy.

Legislative Internship at the State Capital

This internship provides two students the opportunity to live in Denver and work at the Capitol offices with Durango area legislators.  The internship is available in the winter semester and each student can earn from 8 to 16 credits of Political Science Internship credit (PS 492).

An internship at the Colorado Capitol is a truly unique experience.  Students learn and work in a fast paced, energy-filled environment where they interact with elected officials and state employees who ‘run’ Colorado’s government and affect both current and future state laws.  The people interns meet and skills they learn will become invaluable assets for future employment, whether in politics or elsewhere.

Preference is given to political science majors.

Stipends are available to help meet living expenses.  For more information, contact Dr. Brad Clark at