We believe in a very simple, yet powerful mission: preparing students for engaged citizenship.
At Guilford, we equip our graduates with more than a strong foundation of knowledge and the analytical skills to understand political events, institutions and processes. Through the study of political development and problem solving our students learn to think critically and carefully.
Active engagement in a diverse range of experiences at all levels of politics–local, state, national and international—require political science majors to work collaboratively, think critically and creatively construct new approaches to solutions for real world challenges.
We also believe that political science delivers essential knowledge and skills for graduates who pursue many different careers. Our graduates are activists, congressional staffers, community organizers, Peace Corps volunteers, attorneys, journalists, pollsters, teachers, lobbyists, artists, intelligence officers, diplomats and mediators. We support students in articulating strong personal values that shape how they work as both individuals and team members, endeavoring to make a positive contribution.
Many students elect to do an internship related to their political science studies. Many students participate in local internships at private law offices and local government agencies. Students may also elect to participate in The Washington Center internship program in Washington, D.C. Some recent locations include:
Greenpeace Office in San Francisco, Calif.
American Civil Liberties Union
Mayor’s Office, London
Guilford County Extension Service
Senator Richard Burr, Washington, D.C.