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The Department of Political Science and Geography is currently accepting applications for Fall 2021/ Spring 2022 Departmental Scholarships!

The John Miller Morris, Jr. Endowed Memorial Scholarship  Available to undergraduate Geography and Environmental Sustainability majors enrolled full-time. Preference given to students with financial need. 

The Mansour O. El-Kikhia Study Abroad Endowed Scholarship: Available to undergraduate and graduate Political Science and Geography majors, UTSA GPA of at least 2.5 for undergraduate students/3.0 for graduate students, must be registered in a summer study abroad course. (This scholarship is applicable to the Summer 2022 study abroad.)

The James Baxter Endowed Scholarship: Available to undergraduate Political Science majors who have completed of 60 credit hours, maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 and enrollment of 12 or more hours during the Fall and Spring semesters of award. Preference given to students with financial need.

The James D. Calder Annual Scholarship: Available to undergraduate Political Science, Politics and Law, and Geography majors, UTSA GPA of at least 2.7 and completion of 60 credit hours.

The Minnie P. Mastoris Endowed Scholarship: Available to undergraduate Geography majors, resident of Bexar County, top 50% of high school class or GPA of at least 2.50 at college level, and enrollment of 6 or more hours for the Fall and Spring semesters of award.

The Ruben Munguia Endowed Scholarship: Available to graduate Political Science majors enrolled in 6 hours or more during semester of award, hours enrolled must lead to master’s degree. One-page essay required.

The Dean's Merrit Scholarship: Available to new graduate students in all our majors, essay required, must be enrolled in at least 6 hours.

Application Deadline for Fall 2020 Feb. 15, 2021

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applications are available in MS 4.03.02.


Please obtain scholarship applications from the department office or website (if available) and return completed copies by February 15th:

Multidisciplinary Studies Building (MS)
Room 4.03.62
(210) 458-5883

Study Abroad

2020 Programs:

Geography Field Course in Mexico

Guanajuato/Puebla/ Mexico DF

Contact: Dr. Richard Jones 

             Dr. Miguel de Oliver

             Andrea Aleman (Undergraduate Advisor)


Previous Trips


Field Course to Central Mexican Highlands (led by Dr. Miguel De OliverDr. Richard Jones)

              When: Summer 2018

               For more information, click here.


Study Abroad to Frankfurt, Germany (led by Dr. Hofferberth)

               When: Summer 2017 (L Term) - July 24th to August 4th 2017

               For more information, click here.

               For the application form, click here.


Study Abroad to Mexico (led by Dr. Sotomayor)

               When: Summer 2017

               For more information, click here.

               The Carlos Malú Álvarez International Study Scholarship (For Mexico City)

Guanajuato, Mexico Summer 2016 Led by Dr. Richard Jones



UTSA and the Department of Political Science & Geography offer students numerous opportunities to enhance their education and to ease the financial burden of earning undergraduate and graduate degrees. The federal and local governments, corporations, lobbying organizations, and non-profit groups offer internships to enhance students' university experiences. Some internships are paid; others are volunteer positions. In most cases, students receive university credit. The university also aids students in locating and applying for grants and scholarships and trains students as Supplemental Instructors. The Department provides additional opportunities for M.A. students, such as Research Assistant positions and Teaching Assistant positions.

All of these opportunities provide valuable experience and are excellent assets for your resume. These awards indicate to graduate programs and potential employers that you stand above the rest.

A message from the Internship Coordinator:

Fellow Roadrunners,

I am Javier Oliva and I am proud to serve as your internship coordinator for the department.  As you obtain an outstanding education at UTSA, please know that you can capitalized on your education by obtaining  career experience through our internship program.  We have various opportunities that can complement your studies in preparation for your career in politics, law, geography and global affairs. We can place you in elected officials offices, political campaigns, district attorney’s office, law firms, non-profits and city county and federal offices as well private businesses.  Please contact me below if you have any interest in obtaining academic credit towards your major or minor in our department at the address below.  I look forward to finding a great fit that will enhance your education and experience at UTSA.


Javier F. Oliva J.D.

Internship Coordinator

Senior Lecturer


Internship Registration Form 


Internship Opportunities

Noblis Internship link 1 and link 2. For GRG/POL/LGS

Geography Internships

  • National Geographic Society Geography Intern Program
  • SAWs
  • American Association of Geographers
  • City of San Antonio
  • San Antonio Housing Authority
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Waste Management
  • San Antonio Food Bank
  • CPS Energy
  • Versar
  • Eagle Ford Shale
  • San Antonio Parks and Recreation
  • US Census Bureau
  • Union Pacific Railroad
  • San Antonio Museums

Politics and Law Internships


  • White House Summer 2019 Internship
  • Philip Cortez, State Representative District 117
  • San Antonio River Authority
  • Joaquin Castro Democrat for Congress Summer 2018 Internship
  • Gina Ortiz Jones Digital/Communications Internship
  • Gina Ortiz Jones Congress Field Fellowship Program
  • Internship Program: U.S. Senator Ted Cruz
  • D8 Policy Internship Opportunity Councilman Manny Pelaez
  • Internship with the Texas Politics Project
  • Internship with Congressman Henry Cuellar
  • Internship Opportunity with Congressman Lloyd Doggett
  • City Council District 6 Policy and Communication Internship
  • TexPIRG Internship
  • Internship Opportunities with Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff
  • Internship Opportunity with Congressman Gallego- San Antonio Office
  • Washington Intern Student Housing (WISH) Paid Internship
  • U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett Internship

Geography/Political Science

Intern: Public Outreach (Edwards Aquifer Authority)

Global Affairs Internships


The Department of Political Science & Geography does not support any political candidate or political party and internship postings are not political endorsements. The department encourages students to take part in internships to learn about the political process.


Departmental Signature Experience and Honors

Signature Experience

The Signature Experience in the Department of Political Science and Geography is designed to recognize and promote student excellence by rewarding leadership, research activity, and personal development beyond the classroom. Many of the activities associated with the Signature Experience provide opportunities for you to work closely with faculty while others involve you directly in professional or competitive environments, all key predictors of student success.

Departmental Honors

The Department of Political Science and Geography recognizes and rewards outstanding student performance by awarding departmental honors. This allows you to explore your major(s) in greater depth by completing either an honors thesis or an honors portfolio. Departmental honors not only exposes you to a close working relationship with faculty mentors and receive recognition for your work. It also allows you to engage in research and develop expertise in a particular area to be featured in your transcripts and diplomas.


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