Get Involved

Students

There are a range of ways undergraduate and graduate students can get involved at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, including curricular education programs, internship awards and placements, courses, campaign and leadership trainings, as well as research and volunteer opportunities.

Get Involved

Eagleton helps Rutgers graduate and undergraduate students link the study of American politics to the day-to-day practice through a variety of curricular and special initiative programs.

Curricular Education Programs

Eagleton Graduate Fellowship in Politics and Government
Apply for Class of 2024 cohort starting in late January 2023.  Application deadline is March 24, 2023.
The Eagleton Fellowship offers select Rutgers graduate students the opportunity to further their understanding of government, public affairs, and the practice of politics. All Rutgers graduate students are eligible to apply for this one-year, interdisciplinary certificate program.

Eagleton Undergraduate Associates Program
Apply for Class of 2025 cohort online starting in early September 2023. Application deadline will be October 20, 2023.
Eagleton Undergraduate Associates learn about real-world politics and government from experienced practitioners and faculty. Rutgers University juniors from any school or major are eligible to apply for this selective three-semester certificate program.

Undergraduate Student Programs and Awards

Aresty Research Assistant Program
Eagleton faculty regularly work with undergraduate students through the Rutgers University Aresty Research Assistant Program.

Attend an Event
The Eagleton Institute presents an annual event series designed to promote civil discourse that celebrates democracy, respects politics, and encourages civic engagement.

Darien Civic Engagement Project
Undergraduate students earn Political Science course credits and gain practical experience in civic education as well as voter registration, education, and mobilization.

First Year Interest Groups (FIGS)
To schedule an information session with Eagleton faculty and staff, contact Sarah Kozak at skozak@eagleton.rutgers.edu.

Eagleton-NJPRO Business and Policy Undergraduate Research Award
This endowed award was established at the Eagleton through the generosity of the New Jersey Policy Research Organization (NJ PRO) Foundation, Inc. to support Rutgers sophomore, junior and senior students to conduct research focused on how state or federal politics and public policy impact New Jersey’s business community. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors from Rutgers New Brunswick, Newark, and Camden campus locations who are Eagleton undergraduate associates, interns or affiliates. Rutgers Business School students may also be considered at Eagleton’s discretion. Awards will start September 2022. Please contact Sarah Kozak for details.
The Eagleton Political Journal is a non-partisan, academic-based student journal dedicated to transforming political thought into meaningful practice. By providing a student platform for thought-provoking political research and analysis, the Eagleton Political Journal will act as a hub for political dialogue. The journal will enable students from across Rutgers the opportunity to engage with and learn about American politics. With the Eagleton Political Journal, Rutgers will continue to serve its students and the greater New Jersey community as a centerpiece for political discourse and engagement.
NEW Leadership®
NEW Leadership® is CAWP’s national initiative to educate and empower the next generation of women leaders. NEW Leadership® teaches college women the value of civic engagement and encourages them to see themselves as empowered leaders who can effectively participate in politics and public policy.

Ready to Run®
Ready to Run® is a national network of non-partisan campaign training programs committed to electing more women to public office.

RU Ready
A civic engagement initiative, Rutgers undergraduates work with local high school students to build civic, political, and expressive skills needed to address public problems in their communities.

RU Voting
A non-partisan effort, RU Voting encourages Rutgers students to pay attention to politics, register to vote, and turn out on Election Day.

RU Running
A training program for politically interested college students considering running for public office or interested in working on a campaign.

Rutgers-Eagleton Washington Internship Award Program
The Rutgers-Eagleton Washington Internship Award Program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 to outstanding Rutgers undergraduate students for summer internships in government/public service in Washington, D.C. The monetary award is meant to ease the financial burden of working in Washington D.C. and is intended to offset living expenses.

The John and Ann Holt Endowed Undergraduate Applied Research Fund in American Politics
The John and Ann Holt Endowed Undergraduate Applied Research Fund in American Politics provides support for a Rutgers undergraduate student in his or her junior or senior year to conduct research, under the supervision of Eagleton or other Rutgers faculty, on a topic in applied American politics.

Young Elected Leaders Project
Launched in 2002 with funding from the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Young Elected Leaders Project (YELP) studies and works with young people who run for public office.

 

Graduate Student Programs

Attend an Event
The Eagleton Institute presents an annual event series designed to promote civil discourse that celebrates democracy, respects politics, and encourages civic engagement.

Eagleton Science and Politics Initiative
Events and workshops enable graduate students, post-docs, and faculty to explore intersections between science and politics in order to increase their understanding of how politics affects their disciplines and how they can effectively engage with political and policymaking leaders and institutions.

RU Running
A training program for politically interested college students considering running for public office or interested in working on a campaign.

Ready to Run®
Ready to Run® is a national network of non-partisan campaign training programs committed to electing more women to public office. Rutgers students can apply for a scholarship to attend.

 

Work at Eagleton

Employment Opportunities and Internships

Undergraduate and graduate students can earn credit for their work with various Eagleton centers and projects through internships and research assistant positions. Volunteers and work study students also assist Eagleton in its work. For general information, contact Sarah Kozak at skozak@eagleton.rutgers.edu and check for opportunities here.

Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) Internships
Center for Youth Political Participation Internships
Eagleton Center on the American Governor Internships
Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling Internships

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Research Project Coordinator II

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Research Project Coordinator II for the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP). The Research Project Coordinator II assists scholars and staff at the CAWP at the Eagleton Institute of Politics on major research projects, including project planning, engagement with scholarly literature, data collection, qualitative and quantitative analyses (including analysis of large datasets), and data visualization.

Among the key duties of this position are the following:

  • Assists scholars and staff at CAWP with major research projects, including project planning, engagement with scholarly literature, data collection, qualitative and quantitative analyses (including analysis of large datasets), and data visualization.
  • Assists with CAWP’s ongoing data collection and management.
  • Contributes to CAWP’s research memos and blogs. Perform other duties as assigned.

Learn more and apply.

Courses at Eagleton

Fall 2022

Mondays:
Intro to Critical Intelligence Studies
10:20am – 11:40am
Instructor: Ava Majlesi
Course number: (01:790:292:01-09440)

American Political Thought to 1865
2:00 – 3:20pm
Instructor: Saladin Ambar
Course number: (01:790::375:01-09485)

Undergraduate Associate Internship
5:40 – 8:40pm
Instructor: Francine Newsome Pfeiffer
Course number: (01:790:481:02-09504)

Tuesdays
Gubernatorial Elections of 2022
12:10 – 1:30pm
Instructor: Kristoffer Shields and John Weingart
Course number: (090:101:61-19933)

Political Campaigning
5:40 – 8:40pm
Instructor: Michael DuHaime and Sarah Kozak
Course number: (01:790:301:01-09449)

Wednesdays
The Midterm Elections
8:30 – 11:30am
Instructor: Ross Baker
Course number: (01:790:349:01-09471)

Proseminar in Public Law
12:00 – 2:40pm
Instructor: Milt Heumann
Course number: (16:790:605-16194)

American Political Thought to 1865
2:00 – 3:20pm
Instructor: Saladin Ambar
Course number: (01:790::375:01-09485)

Thursdays
Intro to Critical Intelligence Studies
10:20am – 11:40am
Instructor: Ava Majlesi
Course number: (01:790:292:01-09440)

Darien Civic Engagement Project
12:10 – 1:30pm
Instructor: Elizabeth Matto
Course number: (01:790:250:01 09434)

Gender, Race, and the American Party System
12:00 – 2:40pm
Instructor: Kira Sanbonmatsu
Course number: (16:790:689-16200 )

Talking Politics: Disagreeing without Being Disagreeable
2:00 – 3:20pm
Instructor: Elizabeth Matto
Course number: (090:101:05-18819)

Friday
Legislative Policymaking
9:00am – 12:00pm
Instructor: Richard Bagger
Course number: (34:833:520-17894)

Perspectives on American Politics
1:00 – 4:00pm
Instructor: Missy Balmir and John Weingart
Course number: (16:790:595:01-16191)

Asynchronous
Intro to Political Science Methods
Instructor: Ashley Koning
Course number: (01:790:300:01-09637)

Hours by arrangement
CAWP Internship
Instructor: Chelsea Hill/Christabel Cruz
Course number: (01:790:481:03-16047)

Student Internship & Volunteer Opportunities in Government & Politics

Eagleton does not endorse or support any candidates or campaigns. The listing is provided as a service to Rutgers students. Opportunities appear as they are received by Eagleton.

To submit an opportunity, click here.

Opportunities at Rutgers

Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling (ECPIP) Internships

Data Visualization and Graphic Representation Intern — ECPIP
The data visualization and graphic representation intern will create, maintain, and advance the Center’s capabilities to visually and graphically display data from poll results in press releases, on the Center’s official website and social network accounts, and in its other publications. The intern will specifically be responsible for generating and continually updating graphs and charts that depict important data trends over time. The goal of the position will be to create graphics and visual displays that enhance the findings from the Center’s data. Learn more and apply.

General Research Intern — ECPIP
The general research intern will assist ECPIP staff with conducting research and communicating findings to the public. The general research intern’s responsibilities will include: attend weekly ECPIP meetings, prepare weekly progress reports for ECPIP staff, assist with press release preparation, write blog posts, and conduct research and analysis of data. Additionally, the general research intern must maintain confidentiality about all survey instruments, projects, and data until they are published and released to the public. Learn more and apply.

Public Relations and Social Media Intern — ECPIP
The public relations/social media intern will develop, maintain, and expand the online presence of ECPIP, predominantly on Facebook and Twitter. Written strategy plans and assignments will be required weekly throughout the semester. The intern will also keep track of any press received by ECPIP. The intern will work closely with other ECPIP staff. Learn more and apply.

Website Design and Maintenance Intern — ECPIP
The website maintenance intern will primarily be responsible for the ECPIP website. The intern will maintain and expand the current site. The ECPIP site is WordPress-based. Learn more and apply.

Opportunities with Outside Organizations

Bob Healey for Congress
Bob Healey for Congress is seeking campaign interns. Interns will learn the inner workings of a political campaign and gain hands-on experience through attending events, helping with social media, meeting with voters, and learning from campaign staff. The primary responsibilities of a campaign intern will include: door knocking, phone banking, and voter outreach. The internship will start immediately and will be completed after the general election in November. If you are interested, reach out to: Nick Henry at 732 995 3760 or nick@bobhealeyfornj.com