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Beyond the Classroom

Department of Political Science

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Take a break from your books.

Studying and taking tests is important, but so is going beyond the classroom to maximize your college experience. Check out the options you have to make the most of your time at Purdue Fort Wayne.

Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics

Serving the campus and our community.

Mike Downs served the university and Fort Wayne community for 34 years before he passed away, in 2001. As a way to honor his legacy in teaching and area politics, the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics was established. Open to scholars, students, politicians, and everyday citizens seeking to understand local politics and government, the center was the first of its kind, putting Mike on the cutting edge yet again (something he was regularly commended for). 

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Find a cause.

There are countless ways to get involved on campus—many of which make a real impact on our campus and the greater Fort Wayne community. Check out some upcoming opportunities.

Jobs and Internships

For some extra spending cash.

Whether you’re looking for a part-time job on campus or a full-time job after graduation, we have lots of options.


Internships come in two flavors: paid and unpaid. Check out what’s available now and look back often for more opportunities.

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Student organizations

College Democrats

Support and promote the Democratic cause.

This club is open to any student who identifies with the vision of the Democratic Party. You’ll get to actively encourage and support Democratic candidates through voter registration, volunteering, and regular meetings.
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College Republicans

Support and promote the Republican cause.

This club is open to any student who identifies with the vision of the Republican Party. You’ll get to actively support Republican politics on the local, state, and federal level as you inform and promote the principles of the party.

Model UN

Go international.

Participate in simulations and learn about the United Nations international politics by joining this club.
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Study Abroad

Let the world be your classroom.

Your college experience is special—and uniquely yours. Imagine enhancing it by taking your studies overseas. Living and learning in a different country will foster both your independence and your personal development. Through this experience, and the knowledge you’ll gain living like a local, you’ll emerge with a new perspective.