Political Science


Associate Professor Laura van Assendelft served as an intern for Virginia’s U.S. Senator John Warner when she was an undergraduate at Sewanee (University of the South), much like dozens of MBC political science students have done in other Congressional and governmental offices. This still is an excellent way for current Mary Baldwin College students to learn about the practical world of government and politics, and to learn if a career in government and politics harmonizes with their personal goals.

Here are some examples of externships completed by Mary Baldwin College political science students in recent years:

Legal internships:

  • Office of the Corporation Counsel, Washington DC
  • Law Offices of Timberlake, Smith, Thomas and Moses, Staunton VA
  • Office of the Clerk of the Courts, City of Staunton VA
  • Office of Hon. John Hughes, U.S. District Court, Trenton NJ
  • Office of the Public Defender, Prince George’s County MD
  • Paralegal, Blue Ridge Legal Services, Harrisonburg VA

Government internships:

  • European Division, Office of Research, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, U.S. Department of State, Washington D.C.
  • Public Affairs Office for U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Robert Rubin, Washington D.C.
  • Anti-Fraud Unit, U.S. Department of State: U.S. Embassy, Manila, Philippines
  • Mision Permanente de Nicaragua, Organizacion de los Estados Americanos (OAS), Washington D.C.

Congressional internships:

  • Office of U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (GA), Washington D.C.
  • Office of U.S. Rep. Karen Thurman (FL), Washington D.C.
  • Office of U.S. Rep. Richard Gephart (MO), Washington D.C.
  • Office of U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (VA), Washington D.C. and Staunton, VA
  • Office of U.S. Sen. Bill Frist (TN), Kingsport TN

State Government internships:

  • Dept. of Economic Development, City of Staunton VA
  • Office of the Director of Community Development, Augusta County VA
  • Office of the District Attorney of the 7th Judicial Circuit, AL
  • Public Safety Division, Office of Governor George Allen, Richmond VA
  • Dept. of Public Utilities, Virginia Beach VA

Other internship sites:

  • Maya Research Program of St. Mary’s University, Belize
  • Battele Memorial Institute, Arlington VA
  • Site Corporate Initiatives (Public Outreach Project of IBM Corporation): United Way of Greater Charlotte NC
  • Central American Resource Center, Washington D.C.
  • Commonwealth Consultants, Vienna VA
  • Public Affairs and Marketing Division, Virginia Hospital Corporation, Arlington VA
  • Project Horizon, Lexington VA