Internships & Fellowships


Student intern

Political science majors have held a variety of internships, including with the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Department of Energy, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), local government, political campaigns, and community organizations. While there is no guarantee of an internship, the department works closely with students to find such opportunities and usually can provide academic credit for the internship.

Political science majors also volunteer for a number of community service projects including work for Habitat for Humanity and programs to help feed the homeless.

Students interested in political science internships should talk to Professor Fred Bergerson, the department’s internship supervisor. To learn more about the internship process visit the  Center for Career Professional Development. And to locate volunteer opportunities in and around Whittier College, please visit the Center for Engagement with Communities.


Whittier’s Director of Fellowships, along with faculty and staff advisors, is committed to helping students launch their search for internal, national, and international fellowships that fit their intellectual, professional, and personal goals.

Each year, students compete for and win impressive scholarship and fellowship awards. To date, Whittier College has had four Rhodes Scholars, three Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellows, several Fulbright awardees, and a number of finalists for prestigious national and international opportunities.

Winning a fellowship, scholarship, or grant not only adds prestige to a student’s resume, but it also provides financial support during college or post-graduate studies.

To find fellowships that match your interests, please visit the Fellowships website or contact the Director of Fellowships, Rosemary Carbine, via email at, by phone at 562.907.4302 or visit her office in Platner 120. 

The Jeffrey Lindstrom Fellowship in Political Science

The Jeffrey Lindstrom Fellowship in Political Science honors the wonderful and exemplary life of Jeffrey Lindstrom '94.  The Fellowship of approximately $2,000 will be awarded to a political science major or student who has significant work in political science.  Recipients must have a GPA of 3.00 or above, embody Jeff’s character, strengths, and talents, and show considerable growth potential and ambition.  The Fellowship is to be used for research and travel during the summer between the recipient’s junior and senior years. Applicants should submit a cover letter explaining their interest in the Fellowship, a description of their research project, a CV, and a copy of their transcript to the Fellowship selectors – Drs. Bergerson and McBride.