Politics, Public Policy & Law Track
The late Tip O'Neill, Boston congressman and speaker of the US House of Representatives, was fond of saying that all politics is local—and there is no more interesting mix of local, state, and national politics than in Boston. As the urban hub of the metropolitan region and as the state capital of Massachusetts, Boston plays a major role in local and state politics. It is also the center of federal government for New England, home to numerous federal agencies, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and the First District of the Federal Reserve.
Through courses in areas such as international economics, public policy, political analysis and activism, international relations, and diplomacy, you'll prepare for internships at government agencies, think tanks, lobbying organizations, and PR firms, among others.
Summer 1: The Academic Phase
(May 23 - July 1, 2016)
You'll spend your first six weeks of the Summer Study Internship Program taking two 4-credit courses chosen from offerings in politics and public policy. The courses below were offered in Summer Term 2015 and can serve as a guide to what is typically offered. Courses for Summer Term 2016 will be posted on January 15, 2016.
- CAS PH 155 Politics and Philosophy
- CAS PH 160 Reasoning and Argumentation
- CAS PO 111 Introduction to American Politics
- CAS PO 141 Introduction to Public Policy
- CAS PO 378 International Human Rights
- CAS PO 508 The Judiciary and Civil Liberties
- CAS SO 207 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
- COM JO 525 Media Law and Ethics
- MET CJ 209 Crime and Delinquency
- MET CJ 510 Special Topics in Criminal Justice
- SMG LA 245 Introduction to Law
Summer 2: The Internship Phase
(July 11 - August 19, 2016)
For the second six weeks of the program, you'll be placed as an intern in a Boston-area organization or business that matches your interests and experience. You should expect to work five days a week for a minimum of 35 hours. Most internships are unpaid.
Politics, Public Policy & Law Internship Opportunities
Internship placement opportunities are available at state, local, and federal government agencies; legal centers and law organizations; international agencies and organizations; think tanks; lobbying organizations and political action groups; and political parties.
- Internship placement for 35 hours a week
- Internship matches are based on your interests, abilities, and experience
- All internship sites are accessible by public transportation
- Visit our Placement Process page for additional information
Summer Study Internship Course
(May 27 - August 19, 2016)
The Summer Study Internship Program's 2-credit Internship Course meets on Friday mornings throughout Summer 1 and two evenings in Summer 2. The course explores links between your academic tracks and your on-site professional experience, and provides support and guidance as you prepare for your placement.
Meet a Politics, Public Policy & Law Student
Student: Ian Qua
Courses: Introduction to Public Policy; Principles of Criminal Justice
Internship Site: U.S. Senate Office for Massachusetts
On the job: I was part of a team specializing in casework for immigrant constituents. Highlights of my work include corresponding with individuals as diverse as consular officers at U.S. foreign embassies and those hopeful for U.S. citizenship. I became a voice for those with pressing medical or educational reasons for entering the U.S.; those with compelling needs for an expedited green card or visa; and those in the process of gaining citizenship.
Perspectives: Everyone in the program is so encouraging that it’s hard not to be optimistic about what you can do and achieve. This experience has really helped me acclimate to a professional atmosphere. I’ve learned about an additional element of the political realm that will help me in any future endeavor. The program gave me real-world experience in one of the best cities in the country.