The James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research, a unit affiliated with the Department of Political Science at the University of Idaho, will give you the opportunity to broaden your experience and skill set as a graduate student. This organization produces research reports for local and state officials and conducts topical policy and political analysis. In addition, the group hosts colloquia, a seminar series, and brings in experts to discuss current topics and policy issues facing our state, the Pacific Northwest and even the nation.
In addition to numerous events and panel discussions happening on campus, the Political Science Club is another great way to learn more about the field and to get connected with fellow students and faculty. You may also become involved in Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society.
We place a heavy emphasis on teaching research skills and providing you with the opportunities to collaborate with faculty on research efforts, as well as the opportunity gain hands-on work experience with local agencies, government organizations and nonprofit groups. Many of our graduate students have benefited from experiences with a political campaign or by working with the legislature or the executive branches.
Each of our graduate programs has an internship requirement and our faculty and staff is committed to helping you identify internship experiences that best suit your interests and career goals. We award credits for management internships, legislative internships and other directed study programs.