Co-Curricular Activities

In addition to the classes, there are co- and extra- curricular activities relevant to the interests of those in the major. Presentations, debates, forums and a tour have been sponsored by the College of Public and International Affairs to further studies outside the classroom setting. Examples of co-curricular activities include:

  • Zuhair Suidan: Will there ever be peace between Israel and Palestine?
  • International Awareness Club
  • Debate on Foreign Policy (Campaign 2004)
  • World Affairs Forum WorldQuest Quiz Competition
  • Internships
  • Model United Nations (Harvard, McGill Universities)
  • Study Abroad
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Service Initiative
  • China Tour 2005

Study Abroad

Some of the Study Abroad experiences of our students have included:

Emily Gunning, studied in the United Arab Emirates. Emily hopes to achieve a working knowledge of the Arabic language and to deepen her understanding of the Middle Eastern culture.

Heather Weber, studied in Sydney, Australia at Macquarie University through our affiliation with Syracuse University’s Schools Abroad program.

Kimikami Miyake, an IPED major in CPIA, won a Gilman Scholarship for studies overseas.


Some of the Internship experiences of our students have included:

Emily Gunning had an internship in John Fabrizi’s office, Mayor of the City of Bridgeport, CT.

Over the summer Rubely Marte had an internship with a grassroots campaign effort started by the Democratic National Convention (DNC). Rubely is from Bronx, New York, and is an IPED major in her senior year. Through her experience over the summer, she came to feel the uniqueness of her IPED major. Its course requirements made her knowledgeable about ideology, international affairs and policy, which would open doors for her future. She expressed that “what you learn in the textbooks goes far beyond the classroom, and people will pay you for that knowledge.” Interning with the DNC was also how she was able to get her internship with Mayor DeStefano’s office.

Gabriella Kirkley took an internship in Christopher Shay’s office, Congressman of Connecticut’s 4th District.

The Pi Sigma Alpha National Honor Society at the University of Bridgeport

Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, is the only honor society for college students of political science and government in the United States. Pi Sigma Alpha is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) and is designated as a “Specialized, Upper-Division” society by ACHS.