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 of StudyLA and Senior Lecturer of Political Science and International Relations, via email at

Past Internship Placements

Elected Officials

  • Office of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
  • Office fo U.S. Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (MI-14)
  • 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 Senator Robert Hertzberg (SD-18)
  • Office of California State Assemblyman Richard Bloom (AD-50)
  • Office of California State Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (AD-58)
  • Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
  • Office of Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer
  • Office of Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin (CD-11)

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
  • Office of Los Angeles City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana
  • Los Angeles World Airports
  • Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations
  • Office of Jurupa Valley City Manager Gary Thompson


  • Susie Lee for Congress
  • Lindsey Daugherty for Colorado
  • Gavin Newsom for Governor
  • Alex De Ocampo for California State Assembly
  • Karen Bass for Mayor
  • Joe Buscaino for Mayor
  • Mike Feuer for Mayor
  • Jessica Lall for Mayor
  • Dulce Vazquez for City Council

Law Offices

  • Abrolat Law
  • AckermannTilajef
  • B&D Law Group, APLC
  • California Women's Law Center
  • Center for Juvenile Law and Policy, Loyola Law School
  • Dennis P. Block and Associates
  • Eclipse Law Corporation
  • Ervin Cohen & Jessup
  • Gomez and Simone
  • Gray Law Corporation
  • International Human Rights Clinic, Loyola Law School
  • Law Office of Countryman & McDaniel
  • Law Office of Gilbert Saucedo
  • Law Office of John Stanley & Associates
  • Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
  • Loyola Project for the Innocent, Loyola Law School
  • Molfetta Law
  • Nehoray & Drake LLP
  • O'Neill Huxtable & Abelson, APC
  • Parents, Educators/Teachers & Students in Action (PESA)
  • Tenants Law Firm
  • The Salem Law Firm
  • Tsang & Associates, PLC


  • AIMS (Al Ahmadi International Medical Supplies)
  • Al-Qibla International Real Estate Company
  • Beyond Meat
  • Cinelou Films
  • Danube Circle
  • De Aztlan Group
  • Don Kee Productions
  • Hannah Construction Engineering
  • Higher Ground Labs
  • Intercity Reality Group
  • Los Angeles Galaxy
  • MconceptKW
  • Optimus FM, Kuwait
  • Pluvious Group
  • PUMA
  • Quality Training & Education Services
  • Shery Shabani
  • 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
  • BallotPath
  • Center for Asian Americans United for Self-Employment (CAUSE)
  • Coastal Observing Research and Development Center
  • Dig Deep Right to Water Project
  • Journey to Teach Abroad
  • LA Voice
  • Los Angeles LGBT Center, LifeWorks Youth Development Office
  • National Union of Kuwaiti Students
  • OnePulse
  • SeePolitical
  • The Borgen Project
  • The Borgen Project
  • Wags and Walks
  • Westside Pacific Village
  • WISH Academy High School