The Gene Beaupre State Politics Internship Program

May 15 - June 30, 2017
Ohio State Capitol
Columbus, Ohio


The Program

Xavier's State Politics Internship program was founded in 2011 to provide students with the opportunity to learn about state legislative politics through firsthand experience.  The program is run by the Department of Political Science and academic sessions are led by Political Science faculty and a growing group of Xavier alumni who bring a wealth of political and policy expertise to help advise and mentor student interns.  In 2016, the program was named in honor of the program's co-founder, Dr. Gene Beaupre, for his dedicated efforts to create opportunities for students to directly engage politics through internships and public service.  

The Internships

Students participating in the State Politics Internship program serve a seven-week, full-time (35 hours/week) unpaid internship in the state capital, working for a member of the state legislature, a state legislative committee or leadership office, an executive agency, political party, interest group, or non-profit organization.

Student placements are made based on students’ strengths and interests after consultation with Xavier Faculty and local alumni advisors working in the state capital.  Students are expected to submit to a background check required by the General Assembly and participate in a required interview for their position during a faculty-led trip to Columbus in late March or Early April.  Students are encouraged to work with Career Services to prepare a professional resume prior to the interview. 


All State Politics Interns take POLI 240: State and Local Politics (3-credits).  In this course, students learn about the legislative process, the state Constitution and state and local political institutions.  Students also engage in a combination of in-class and online learning activities, including on-site lectures, small group discussions, field trips, and one-on-one interviews.

Students participating in the program will have the option of taking an additional 3-credit internship course (either POLI 397: Political Internship or POLI 399: Political Communication Internship).  


Internship housing is available for the 7-8 week program.  The cost is approximately $1,000, but will vary slightly depending on the length of the program and the accommodations.  Note that housing costs will be paid to Xavier in the form of a program fee. 

In the summer of 2017, students will be staying in student housing at The Ohio State University.  The commute to the state capitol is approximately 8 minutes by car and 20 minutes by bus (buses arrive every 15 minutes). 

Students who live in the Columbus area may choose to commute so long as the commute will not prevent them from meeting their internship and academic responsibilities.

Internship Placements

Internship placements are based on individual students' strengths and interests.  Past placements have included:

  • Governmental Policy Group (GPG)
  • Cincinnati Enquirer State Capitol office
  • Hannah News Service
  • The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission
  • The Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus
  • The Ohio Republican Party
  • The Office of the Minority Leader
  • The Office of the Minority Whip
  • The Office of the House Speaker
  • Ohio Sen. Lou Gentile (D)
  • Ohio Sen. Cecil Thomas (D)
  • Ohio Sen. Gayle Manning (R)
  • Ohio Rep. Jim Buchy (R)
  • Ohio Rep. Michael Henne (R)
  • Ohio Rep. Andrew Brenner (R)
  • Ohio Rep. Mark Romanchuk (R)
  • Ohio Rep. Anne Gonzales (R)
  • Ohio Rep. Michael Stinziano (D)
  • Ohio Rep. Debbie Phillips (D)
  • Ohio Rep. John Boccieri (D)
  • Ohio Rep. Anthony DeVitis (R)
  • Ohio Rep. Michael Ashford (D)
  • Ohio Rep. Christie Bryant Kuhns (D)
  • Ohio Rep. Cheryl Grossman (R)
  • Ohio Rep. Wes Retherford (R)

More Information

Download the application or view the program brochure.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Mack Mariani, Director
State Politics Internship Program
Xavier University Department of Political Science
3800 Victory Parkway Cincinnati Ohio 45207

E-mail:; Phone: 513-508-6849