Columbus Program in Intergovernmental Issues

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Political Science
302 Bowman Hall
Kent Campus


The Columbus Program in Intergovernmental Issues provides students the opportunity to experience first-hand public policy making process in Ohio’s state capital while earning a full semester’s credit toward graduation. The program is open to students from all academic disciplines who have completed at least 45 credit hours of college coursework with a minimum 2.500 GPA. The program is a unique learning community and requires full-time residence in Columbus during the fall semester. The program is offered, in part, with the cooperation of Kent State alumni living and working in the greater Columbus area and, thus, offers students excellent career networking opportunities.

Students receive 15 credit hours of academic credit, broken down as follows:

  • 6 credit hours for attending regular briefings
  • 6 credit hours for completing an internship in Columbus
  • 3 credit hours for completing the requirements for POL 40995, taken while residing in Columbus