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At TCU, you’ll grow intellectually and personally, and you’ll also gain specific knowledge and skills for a successful career.

You’ll learn by doing, stepping outside the classroom to turn your ideas into action. Internships are invaluable for helping determine which career path most interests you. The Department of Political Science offers two internship programs:

Civic Literacy Internships require 150 hours of service with a local governmental or nonprofit agency to receive three hours of political science credit. Eligible interns can be reimbursed up to $500 for the costs of transportation and professional clothing. Placements include:

  • Arise Africa
  • CASA of Tarrant County
  • Congressman Marc Veasey
  • Congressman Roger Williams
  • Congresswoman Kay Granger
  • Dallas County Democratic Party
  • Fort Worth Councilmember Bryan Byrd
  • Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price
  • Fort Worth Neighborhood Services Department
  • Fort Worth Sister Cities International
  • Judge Brent Carr’s County Criminal Court #9
  • Judge Elizabeth Beach’s County Criminal Court #1
  • Judge Melody Wilkinson’s 17th District Court
  • Refugee Services of Texas
  • Republican Party of Texas
  • Senator John Cornyn
  • Senator Ted Cruz
  • Tarrant County Democratic Party
  • Tarrant County Women’s Center
  • Tarrant Literary Coalition
  • Texas Representative Matt Krause
  • Texas Representative Ramon Romero
  • Texas Senator Beverly Powell
  • Texas Senator Kelly Hancock
  • The NET
  • The Women’s Center of Tarrant County
  • United Community Centers
  • and more!

Dr. Grant Ferguson, director of outreach and public service internships, works with students to find appropriate placement and to complete application materials. Students are only eligible to complete one civic literacy internship.


Recent internship placements include Congress, the White House, executive agencies such as the Departments of State, Justice and Commerce, advocacy groups, think tanks, non-government organizations, news media outlets, lobbying firms and U.S. attorneys.

As a TCU Washington intern, you’ll work four days a week at your internship site, from mid-August through December. You’ll also take an evening class and attend programming on Fridays. You earn 15 upper-division credits for the semester, nine of which fulfill requirements for a political science major or minor. The other six count as elective credit toward TCU’s graduation requirements.

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 Applications for Fall 2023 are due November 1, 2022.

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TCU's Policy on Internships

TCU offers hundreds of internships in any given semester and does not support political or personal statements associated with any of them. We evaluate each opportunity to ensure academic value as it relates to a course of study. Beyond that, we encourage you to seek the opportunities that best match your interests and to choose how to best fulfill your internship requirements.