POLS 3800: Political Internship

POLS 3800: Political Internship connects direct work experience in an internship to coursework related to the broader study of political science in an academic setting. Students hold placements with public service agencies, elected officials, political parties, campaigns, interest groups, lobbying firms, political media, and non-profit organizations among others. Students obtain practical experience, learn more about a particular area of politics, and build invaluable relationships with potential future employers while earning college credit and enhancing employment prospects and options after graduation.

Course Information

POLS 3800: Political Internship
Brianne Gilbert and Dr. Mariya Vizireanu

Students must secure an internship by the end of the first week of the semester and complete 125 internship hours by the end of the semester. StudyLA assists students in finding internships.

To learn more about potential internship opportunities, please contact:
Brianne Gilbert, managing director and senior lecturer of political science and international relations, at brianne.gilbert@lmu.edu

Past Internship Placements

Elected Officials

  • Office of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
  • Office of U.S. Congressman Xavier Becerra (CA-34)
  • Office of California State Controller Betty Yee
  • Office of California State Senator Ben Allen (SD-26)
  • Office of California State Assemblyman Richard Bloom (AD-50)
  • Office of Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer
  • Office of Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin (CD-11)
  • Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Government Organizations and Public Service Agencies

  • Office of the General Consulate of the State of Kuwait
  • Office of Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon
  • Los Angeles World Airports
  • Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations
  • LA World Affairs Council and Town Hall


  • Susie Lee for Congress
  • Gavin Newsom for Governor
  • Karen Bass for Mayor
  • Mike Feuer for Mayor
  • Rick Caruso for Mayor

Law Offices

  • California Women's Law Center
  • Center for Juvenile Law and Policy, Loyola Law School
  • Ervin Cohen & Jessup
  • International Human Rights Clinic, Loyola Law School
  • Law Office of Countryman & McDaniel
  • Law Office of Emily Feliz Garcia
  • Loyola Project for the Innocent, Loyola Law School
  • Matias Flores Law Firm
  • Parents, Educators/Teachers & Students in Action (PESA)
  • Tenants Law Firm
  • Wai, Connor & Hamidzadeh, LLP


  • Al-Qibla International Real Estate Company
  • Beyond Meat
  • Cinelou Films
  • Elevate Financial
  • Higher Ground Labs
  • Los Angeles Galaxy
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • Sothebys International Realty

News Media

  • NBCUniversal
  • Pacific Century Institute/Asia Media International

Non-Profit Organizations

  • Arab-American Business & Professional Association
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice
  • Center for Asian Americans United for Self-Employment (CAUSE)
  • Coastal Observing Research and Development Center
  • Dig Deep Right to Water Project
  • International Rescue Committee
  • LA Voice
  • Playa Vista Initiative
  • Westside Pacific Village