SBGE Internship Program


Internships allow you to explore career interests, gain critical skills specific to professional disciplines, and increase your marketability to employers. As an integral part of your academic experience, internships may be paid or unpaid. Internships are required for Business Administration, Economics, and Global Development Studies majors. They are highly recommended for majors in Political Science and Accounting.

For complete information about internships at SPU, utilize the Internship resources offered by the Center for Career and Calling.

Business Administration and Economics Majors

The internship experience for Business Administration and Economics majors at SPU is built around two required courses: BUS 2910 Internship and Career Strategies (1 credit) and BUS 4942 Internship Reflection and Professional Development (2 credits). Students intending to apply for these majors  should review the detailed internship requirements and plan their college experience accordingly.

Political Science Majors

Although not a graduation requirement, students can earn academic credit for political science internships by enrolling in POL 4940 Political Internships.

Check this list of possible internship sites for examples of places SPU students have done internships in the past, and meet with your faculty advisor or a counselor in the Center for Career and Calling for assistance with finding and applying for an internship. 

Other SBGE Majors and Minors

Students in other SBGE majors and minors are also strongly encouraged to apply for internships. For more information, visit the Center for Career and Calling website or meet with your faculty advisor.

A Word to Employers

Having a student intern from SPU is a chance to engage with intelligent, motivated students who commit themselves to your organization and help it thrive while gaining valuable hands-on experience.  In fact, many businesses have found that these interns have become a valuable, even essential, part of their operations mix.

For more information about creating or posting an internship, visit the Center for Career and Calling Employer pages.


What's Your Calling?

Let us help you identify your strengths, make employer connections, and find just the right internship.

PolyScy Internships

Interns in Olympia

Read the etc magazine article about four SPU students who learned firsthand what the state political process is all about.