Experiential Learning Opportunities

Graduate students meet Laura Bush.

Graduate students meet UB Distinguished Speaker Laura Bush

The department encourages every student to seek learning opportunities beyond the classroom. Whether by partnering with a faculty member on a research project, interning with a local or national organization, making an impact in the Buffalo community, or taking your education overseas, the initiative to go above and beyond will open doors to a multitude of worthwhile experiences.

Student Testimonials

"During the spring semester of my second year, I was a Graduate Scholar in the NYS Assembly Internship program. From January to June 2017, I encountered how political institutions, public policy and political and constituent organizations intersect in a U.S. state legislature as a legislative aide on a daily basis. It has not only opened up new areas of research possibilities, but this internship opened up career opportunities." – Sam Miller, MA in Political Science

Graduate Professionalism Seminar Series

The graduate program sponsors a series of professionalism seminars (ProSems) in which different faculty and advanced graduate students discuss aspects of becoming a successful political scientist. These informal seminars address very practical aspects of the profession that are not directly raised in substantive graduate courses. 

Topics include: 

  • Undergraduate Teaching
  • Taking Comprehensive Examinations,
  • Professional Conference Participation
  • Job Search and Interview Process
  • Writing a Dissertation
  • Journal Manuscript Submission

ProSems are held in 502 Park Hall and all Political Science graduate students are strongly encouraged to attend!

Academic Conferences

Our students regularly present their papers and meet with scholars who share their academic interests at national and international conferences and conventions organized by renowned academic associations, including:

When possible, the department offers financial support to help students cover the expenses of the conference participation. The UB Graduate Student Association is also a source for conference funding.

More Opportunities

Study Abroad

Today's students recognize the value and benefits of meaningful international experience as part of their UB education. Study Abroad at UB offers a world of opportunities (literally!) for learning and personal growth.

Visit the Experiential Learning Center

The Experiential Learning Center is a resource specifically for students in the College of Arts and Sciences. Ask for guidance from staff experts or simply use the space to research opportunities and funding.