You have the option to complete an internship in local government or with a local nonprofit organization. Several B.A.P.A. students have been chosen for the prestigious Washington State Legislative Internship in Olympia.
Some students also participate in faculty-directed research. Faculty are exploring such areas as criminal justice, civil liberties, political psychology, environmental justice, neurodiversity, the effects of military service on work and health, and many other topics.
More than 50 student clubs at WSU Vancouver offer opportunities to practice the skills used every day by public affairs professionals, such as analysis, advocacy and negotiation. For example, the Associated Students of WSU Vancouver (ASWSUV) is the student governing board, and the VanCoug American Democracy Project promotes participation in the democratic process.