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Internships and Experiential Learning Opportunities

The Department values and encourages interaction with students outside of the classroom. The Department hosts chapters of the Phi Alpha Theta and Phi Sigma Alpha honor societies, as well as Model United Nations. In addition, the Department encourages students to take advantage of a wide variety of internship opportunities, as a way to apply their studies and skills in “real-world” settings.

Upon graduation, students will be prepared to pursue an unlimited number of career or graduate study opportunities. Whether you aspire to be a researcher, teacher, or lawyer; or envision working in local, state, or federal government or non-governmental social or legal services, an Otterbein education puts the possibilities at your fingertips.

Take Advantage of Our Location

There are numerous internship opportunities available to students in history, political science, and international studies. History and political science students benefit from the University's proximity to the state capitol complex and the Ohio Historical Society. International studies majors have access to an expanding range of internships thanks to the growth of the Columbus metropolitan area and its international business connections.

Internship opportunities can be arranged at the local, state, or national level. In recent years, students in our department have interned with:

  • Ohio House of Representatives
  • Office of the President of the United States
  • local Ohio historical societies
  • local history archives at Westerville Public Library
  • campaign offices of candidates for state and national political offices
  • Ohio Township Association

The Washington Semester Program

Otterbein University is a member of the Washington Semester Program, an exciting opportunity at American University in Washington, D.C. that offers 13 different programs for full credit.

Students in this program live in our capital for a semester while taking part in this once in a life time opportunity. Three days per week are spent on "seminar activities", which include field trips, reading assignments, discussions, debates, class presentations, and over 50 lectures by guest speakers. The other two days are spent performing an internship in an area of your choosing. You might find yourself interning for a senator, the Department of Justice, or CNN.

/ Department of History and Political Science

La Trice Washington
p/ 614.823.1019
e/ LWashington@otterbein.edu


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