Internship and Research Opportunities

The Center for Youth Political Participation at the Eagleton Institute of Politics addresses the progression of youth political participation through three stages of citizen development:  as high school students prepare to participate in the electoral process for the first time; as college students begin to exercise their political rights; and as young adults actively seek to influence public policy, support electoral candidates and perhaps run for public office themselves.

Internship Requirements

  • Students must complete a minimum of 120 hours to receive credit
  • Students are required to register for the following course: 790:481: Internship in Political Science
  • All internships are unpaid however, students will receive 3 credits with successful completion

Fall 2020 Internship Opportunity: RU Voting

Students registering for the intern course in the Fall semester will work on implementing the goals of RU Voting, a non-partisan project designed to engage the Rutgers student body in national, state, and local elections. Interns’ work in this area involves organizing and administering various registration, education, and mobilization initiatives including registration and get-out-the-vote drives; public forums; debate watches; and focus groups of Rutgers students.

Applications for this program have closed.


Spring 2021 Internship Opportunity: RU Ready

Students registering for the CYPP internship during the Spring semester will assist in implementing the goals of RU Ready, a civic engagement initiative created by the Eagleton Institute and administered in area schools. The mission of the program is to provide young people with the tools and encouragement to be politically aware and engaged. Interns’ key roles include preparing and administering in-class sessions at New Brunswick High School, Young Leaders Conference and the RU Ready Civics Fair.

Applications for this program will open in October 2020.

Young Elected Leaders Project

The Young Elected Leaders project is a study of young people who hold public office in New Jersey and nationwide. For those Aresty Research Assistants focusing upon young elected officials, time will be spent updating the database of elected officials; outlining key traits of young elected officials serving today; and organizing relevant public events. Students will present their findings at a private lunch at Eagleton Institute of Politics as well as at the Aresty Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Special Note: Students involved in the Young Elected Leaders Project must apply through the Aresty Research Program.

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