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History and Political Science Student Opportunities

  • Explore the Possibilities

    Our students reach higher to explore different opportunities. Practical experience is an excellent way for students to evaluate their interest in a career, and begin developing professional skills and contacts that will enhance their marketability when seeking postgraduate employment.

    • Eppard Scholar

      Triple major Elise Dumouchelle is the recipient of the 2017 Ann Eppard Memorial Scholarship and Congressional Internship.

      Read about her internship

    • Christie Olek

      How modern education yielded medieval knowledge

      We caught up with Christie Olek, B.A. in History 2015, to see what she’s been up since graduating from Saint Francis University.


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    • Cody Turnbaugh(1)

      A childhood trip to Gettysburg leads to a lifelong passion

      Cody Turnbaugh's determination to shed a light on a Civil War solider led to a research trip to the National Archives.


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    • Protests, Parties and Politics

      From interning with Fox News Radio and attending parties with delegates to participating in protests, Amanda Schiavo and Harry Olafsen gained a wealth of experience to guide their futures as they interned at the National Conventions.

      Read about their internships

    • Patterson Success Story PLSC_Spotlight

      The road to Germany

      Studying political science and studying abroad in Germany led Emily to a full time job in Munich, Germany. Emily currently works in the political risk office at Marsh. 

      Read about her journey to Germany

    • Cashdollar Success Story PLSC_Spotlight

      Life in the Law Office

      Adding to her paralegal studies, Julie studied political science and researched Henry VIII's decision to separate from the Catholic Church and establish the Church of England. Now, she works as a successful legal assistant. 

      How is life in a law office?

    • Collier Success Story PLSC_Spotlight

      Fulfilling dreams in politics

      After completing two internships in Washington, DC while studying political science at Saint Francis, Andrew's dreams came true. Working and living in DC full time, Andrew is making strides in the world of campaigning and politics. 

      Read about his life in DC

    • A view from the Hill

      Tori Martin, a fourth-year Master of Occupational Therapy student, is interning on Capitol Hill. The first Occupational Therapy student to intern on Capitol Hill through the Ann Eppard Scholarship, Tori is finding a voice among the people who make decisions about healthcare in the U.S.

      How did Tori get on the Hill?

    • HIST Madeline Berry Student Story Spotlight

      Senior History Award Winner

      Known affectionately by her classmates as a "hippie" and by her professors for wearing t-shirts bearing the names of bands they have actually heard of, Madeline’s quietly analytical presence has contributed greatly to every history class she has taken at Saint Francis.

      Read about her successes

    • HIST Garrett Lucas Student Story Spotlight

      Teaching the Second World War

      Garrett knew he wanted to design some kind of senior capstone project that would help him be the best high school history teacher he could be. Hoping to connect students with the past, he created a lesson plan that would incorporate local community members’ involvement in World War II.

      Learn about his project

    • HIST Harry Olafsen Student Story Spotlight

      “Real Housewives of the American Civil War”

      Combining his passions for studying war and gender studies, Harry has investigated individual women’s lives during the American Civil War in order to make arguments about the “domestic war” within homes.

      Read about his research

    • HIST Nick Astle Student Story Spotlight

      The Question of Religious Tolerance

      While conducting research as a history major at Saint Francis, Nick's personal commitment to his own faith, as well as current events left him questioning the tolerance of one particular faith -- Islam. 

      Read about his research

  • Ann Eppard Memorial Scholarship and Congressional Internship

    The Ann Eppard Memorial Scholarship and Congressional Internship program offers scholarships for summer congressional internships. Scholarships and congressional internship placements are awarded annually to deserving upper-level Saint Francis University students, with preference for young women from Pennsylvania without regard for race, religion, or ethnicity.

    Ann Eppard, a native Pennsylvanian, was chief of staff to Congressman Bud Shuster who served as the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee. Congressman Shuster, Chairman of the Ann Eppard Memorial Scholarship Committee, stated, “Ann served as a mentor to innumerable interns and staff, nurturing their talents and ensuring that they enjoyed a rich and rewarding experience on Capitol Hill. She made it a personal priority to support young peoples’ participation in the political process in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation and she would be pleased to know that her name is being used to help advance Saint Francis students in this special way.”

    One six-week congressional internship will be awarded each summer. There is some flexibility in scheduling, but the internship must be completed prior to July 31. The scholarship will provide a $5,000 stipend to defray housing and other living expenses. The selection process is competitive. 

    The successful candidate will be an upper-level student. The intern will have a strong academic background, possess good communication and research skills, and have a genuine interest in the legislative processes, government and law. Personal integrity and discretion in dealing with confidential and/or sensitive legislative matters are required.


    Internships are a not a luxury, but a necessity in today’s competitive job market. We are committed to helping you explore internship opportunities to give you that extra edge when you are searching for a job after graduation. University affiliation with the Washington Internship Institute and the Washington Center opens up a wide variety of opportunities for our students. Internships are also available with local community organizations.

    Independent Study and Undergraduate Research

    As a student you may participate in professional activities including attending and presenting in professional conferences as you learn new things and are ready to share your research. We also encourage independent study opportunities to help you delve into topics that excite your passions. The School of Arts & Letters offers undergraduate research grants to assist students with field work and other aspects of their research. Students have pursued research at the British Library in London, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston, and the Pennsylvania State Archives in Harrisburg to name a few.

    National Honor Societies

    The Department hosts chapters in Phi Alpha Theta (the National History Honor Society) and Pi Sigma Alpha (the National Political Science Honor Society). Qualified students are eligible for membership after their sophomore year. Honor Society Membership would look great on your resume!

    On Campus Leadership Opportunities

    Many of our students assume leadership positions in student government, their fraternities and sororities, and various student clubs. Our students often receive awards for their involvement in student organizations and community service. These opportunities will enrich your on-campus experiences and make you more attractive to future employers.

    Student Clubs

    History Club PIC

    The Department sponsors three active student clubs.

    • The History Club sponsors a history movie series and field trips to Washington, DC to visit national museums and historic sites, as well as to places closer to home.
    • The Pre-Law Club organizes student expeditions to Law School fairs and Washington, DC to observe U.S. Supreme Court hearings, as well as conduct annual Moot Court exercises.
    Study Abroad

    History and political science majors are encouraged to participate in study abroad programs during an academic semester or over the summer. Our students study in Mexico, Italy, France and travel in Europe through University-sponsored programs. Saint Francis University is also a member of the Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA), which offers intensive study programs in England, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand and other English speaking countries.

    The Center for the Study of Government and Law

    Being an engaged, informed, and active citizen is critical if you want to make an impact in this world. The Center for the Study of Government and Law at Saint Francis emphasizes programs that help our students understand their rights in a democratic society and are equally ready to meet their civic responsibilities. The Center offers a wide variety of relevant programs, including mini-grants to help students defray the costs of LSAT preparation courses.

    The Keirn Family World War II Museum

    The Keirn Family World War II Museum at Saint Francis University houses several special collections of artifacts and oral history projects. The origins of the primary collection lie with Altoona resident Joseph E. Keirn, a retired Command Sergeant Major in the United States Army. An avid preservationist of WWII memorabilia, CSM Keirn used his collection as an educational tool, welcoming students and community groups to tour it and learn about life during the war. In 2014, he donated his collection to Saint Francis University to ensure that it would continue to be used to educate future generations regarding the legacy of the war. His once private collection, combined with additional donations, is now available for public viewing and scholarly research. Assistant Professor of History, Dr. Sarah Myers, is the Director of The Keirn Family World War II Museum.