Franklin & Marshall College Franklin & Marshall College

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A department with connections and influence

The Government program at Franklin & Marshall is among the College's most popular majors.

Over the past several decades, this program has earned a reputation as one of the finest in America. Our students benefit from connections with graduates working in Washington, D.C., New York City, Philadelphia, Harrisburg and elsewhere.

Notable alumni include President Ronald Reagan's Chief of Staff, a top media advisor to four Democratic presidential candidates, the national campaign manager for President George W. Bush, the former Democratic chairman of the U.S. House Budget Committee and a Federal judge on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

Our majors can access high-level internship opportunities in the U.S. and around the world, including the Congress and the Office of the President and Vice President in Washington, D.C., the British Parliament in London and European Union offices in Brussels and other European cities.

Students enjoy relevant hands-on experience not available in most undergraduate programs. The Floyd Institute for Public Policy conducts surveys and national polling research through the Franklin & Marshall Poll with student involvement.

Recent graduates have accepted positions in business, journalism, and the media, as well as at international, federal and state agencies and been accepted to attend elite graduate programs.


  • Sidney Wise Student Internship Application
  • Application deadline is Friday, November 15, 2013. A GPA of 3.3 preferred for juniors; 3.2 GPA for sophomores. This program will operate for ten weeks during the summer of 2014. Interns will work 40 hours a week and receive a stipend of $4,000.

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