In the Community

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Community engagement is at the heart of the political science department. Our courses and programs train students to participate in the political areas at all levels. Courses include discussion of current policy issues, guest speakers, field trips, placements with community organizations, field research, and simulations of local, state, national, and international policy-making bodies. Our faculty and majors are active in their communities and on the national and global stages.

Our graduates include elected officials such as mayor and members of the city council, state legislature and Congress. They also play leadership roles in non-governmental organizations, participate in campaigns and work to better their communities. What’s more, our graduates never forget their roots. They return often to the department to share their experiences and inspire future generations of activists and policy makers.

William H. Bates Center for Public Affairs
The Bates Center for Public Affairs at Salem State University, established in 1969 in memory of the late Congressman William H. Bates, is housed in the political science department. The Bates Center sponsors a range of activities including lectures and forums, field trips, internships, and other public activities that seek to bring together the campus and the community. Policy roundtables have featured discussions on elections, Middle East politics and the economic crisis. 

Political Science Academy
The Political Science Academy is the Salem State University student organization for political science majors and minors. Political Science Academy seeks to promote political awareness and engagement. The Political Science Academy members actively work with the student government association to increase voter registration and to turn students out to vote.

POL520 Internship in Politics
Political science majors are required to either complete an internship or directed study in order to graduate. The internship in politics provides extensive and valuable political experiences. Internship placements have included the offices of local elected officials, state legislators, state agencies, courts, law firms, political campaigns, and on-governmental organizations. The political science department  is guaranteed one internship slot in United States Senator John Kerry's Washington, DC, office every year. For more information on the Kerry Internship Program, contact Professor Jennifer Jackman.