All PPPA majors can take advantage of unique and career-enhancing internship opportunities, which will count toward your major requirements. Internships combine academic work with practical, real-world experience and can serve as a steppingstone to future employment or graduate school opportunities.
Our internships provide you with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a variety of settings, such as federal, state, or local government, the legal system, international organizations, non-profit and lobbying organizations, research and advocacy organizations, and more.
Policy, Philosphy and Public Affairs Internship
TPOL S 496: Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs Internship (5-15 credits): Available to advanced PPPA students during the Autumn, Winter, or Spring quarters. Students participate in internships related to government, law, political campaigns, or public policy. All TPOL S 496 internships are graded and satisfy the capstone requirement for your major.
TPOL S 497: Political Internship in State Government (1-15 credits): The Washington State Legislative Internship is a competitive paid internship opportunity offered during Winter quarter. This internship program accepts approximately 70 Washington college students every year to work in the state legislature in Olympia, WA. Interested UW Tacoma students apply in October and selections are made in late November. You must have junior or senior standing to apply.
You may also watch this recorded information session where Louis Lindstrom, Director of Senate Interns, describes the selection process and the internship, and answers questions from interested UWT students.
Watch this 3-minute video to hear from UWT students about their experiences in the State Legislative Internship and learn how to apply.