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Political Science

What is Political Science?

Many occupations today require a college educated individual who can write and speak well, solve problems, learn new information quickly and work well with others on a team. This means that Political Science graduates use their education in a wide variety of fields, and your future career may relate more to your personal career interests, work values and transferable skills than any specific academic major. Obtaining experiences within a particular field is extremely important in preparing students for life after college. These experiences can be in the form of internships, part-time jobs, or volunteer positions. Regardless, they allow students to develop specific knowledge and skills that both help a student solidify their career choice, and improve their chances of employment in that field following graduation. The following list contains a representative sample of job titles of former graduates with Political Science major. Use this as an idea list, and remember that it represents some, but certainly not all, of the careers you might consider. 

Students obtaining employment immediately upon graduation are usually those with the best college records and a willingness to relocate to find a job. Some of these jobs also require education beyond a bachelors' degree.

CWU Political Science Department

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Teacher, Overseas School for...Assistant Chief of Police
Program AnalystProgram Director
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Intelligence Specialist, CIACity Housing Administrator
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Information Technology Manager 
Nonprofit OrganizationsCampaigns and Polling
Director, Nonprofit AgencyCampaign Manager/Consultant
Field Officer, Human Rights CampaignPolitical Director
Public Relations SpecialistSurvey Researcher
Director, Fund RaisingPolitical Reporter
Research AnalystPollster
Political DirectorFundraiser
Budget AnalystDirector, Political Action Committee
Program ManagerPress Officer for Candidate
LobbyistIssue Analyst
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LawJournalism
ParalegalWriter/Editor
Deputy Secretary to the GovernorProducer, Local Television News
Research ConsultantDirector of Corporate Public Affairs
Assistant Chief of PoliceInformation Manager
Public Interest/Consumer AdvocateTelevision Reporter
Broadcast/Newspaper ReporterPress Officer
Public Policy AnalystPublic Affairs Research Analyst
State LegislatorDirector of Surveys, Television
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Judge 
CIA Inspector 
Criminologist 
Commissioner 
Juvenile Justice Specialist 
Labor Relations Specialist 
Assistant Budget Examiner 
Politician 
Labor Union Official 
Attorney 
Corporate Legal Counsel 
Law Professor 
InternationalEducation
Peace Corp VolunteerGovernment/Politics Teacher
International BankerCurriculum Developer/Supervisor
Analyst, CIAResearcher
International Research SpecialistEducation Reporter
Foreign Service OfficerCollege Professor
Press OfficerStudent Affairs Administrator
Strategic Planning Specialist 
Translator 
Instructor 
Director of International Marketing 
Policy Analyst 
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Field staff 
Agent, International Bureau, FBI 
Consultant to Multinational 
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Job & Internship Search Links

Federal Government

Federal Government Jobs, http://www.dcjobsource.com/fed.html 

Federal Job Search, http://www.federaljobsearch.com 

Federal Jobs Net, http://www.federaljobs.net 

FedJobs, http://www.fedjobs.com/

FirstGov, http://firstgov.gov/ 

Government Departments and Agencies,http://www.firstgov.gov/Agencies/Federal/All_Agencies/index.shtml 

Govtjobs.com, http://www.govtjobs.com

U.S. Government Manual, http://www.gpoaccess.gov/gmanual/index.html 
 

State & Local Government


Council of State Governments, http://www.statenews.org 

GovJobs, http://www.govjobs.net 

GovSpot, http://www.govspot.com 

International City/County Management Association, http://www.icma.org 

Local Government Institute, http://www.lgi.org 

National Association of Counties, http://www.naco.org 

National Conference of State Legislatures, http://www.ncsl.org 

National Governors Association, http://www.nga.org 

National League of Cities, http://www.nlc.org 

State and Local Government on the Net, http://www.statelocalgov.net 

State and Local Governments, http://www.loc.gov/rr/news/stategov/stategov.html 

U.S. Conference of Mayors, http://www.usmayors.org 
 

Nonprofit Organizations

American Society of Association Executives, http://www.asaenet.org 

Corporation for National and Community Service, http://www.cns.gov 

Idealist, http://www.idealist.org/career 

Internship Programs, http://www.internshipprograms.com/ 

Internships in Political Science,http://web.clas.ufl.edu/users/dhedge/internshipmainpage.htm 

Internweb, http://www.internweb.com 
 

Campaigns and Polling


American Association of Political Consultants, http://www.theaapc.org 

American National Election Studies, http://www.electionstudies.org/

American Presidency Project, http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ 

CCPS's Courses, http://spa.american.edu/ccps/institutes.php 

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, http://www.dccc.org 

Democratic National Committee, http://www.democrats.org 

GWU's Semester in Washington, http://semesterinwashington.gwu.edu/

National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee, http://www.nrcc.org 

Political Resources on the Net, http://www.politicalresources.net/usa1.htm 

Project Vote Smart, http://www.vote-smart.org/index.htm 

Republican National Committee, http://www.rnc.org 

UA's Certificate Programs, http://www.uakron.edu/bliss 

WCS's Training Sessions, http://www.wcsyale.org 
 

Law

American Bar Association Career Corner, http://www.abanet.org/lsd/resources/

Association of American Law Schools, http://www.aals.org/ 

American Judges Association, http://aja.ncsc.dni.us/ 

Association of Trial Lawyers of America, http://www.atlanet.org/ 

Attorney Jobs, http://www.attorneyjobs.com 

Counsel.net, http://counsel.net/jobs/ 


Lawyers from the Occupational Outlook Handbook, http://stats.bls.gov/oco/ocos053.htm 

FindLaw, http://careers.findlaw.com 

Internet Legal Rasearch Group, http://www.ilrg.com/pre-law.html 

LawInfo Career Center, http://jobs.lawinfo.com 

LawJobs, http://www.lawjobs.com 

Lawyers Weekly Jobs, http://www.lawyersweeklyjobs.com 

Legal Employment, http://www.legalemploy.com 

National Association for Law Placement, http://www.nalp.org 

National Bar Association, http://www.nationalbar.org 

National Center for State Courts,http://www.ncsc.org/ 

National Federation of Paralegal Associations, http://www.paralegals.org 

NC Bar Association, http://www.ncbar.org/

U.S. Courts, http://www.uscourts.gov/employment.html 

WashLaw, http://www.washlaw.edu 

Washington State Bar Association, http://www.wsba.org/ 

Washington State Courts, http://www.courts.wa.gov/index.cfm 
 

Journalism


American Journalism Review, http://www.ajr.org 

Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, http://www.aejmc.org 

Broadcast Education Association, http://www.beaweb.org 

JournalismJobs, http://www.journalismjobs.com

TV Jobs, http://www.tvjobs.com 
 

International


Foreign Policy Association, http://www.fpa.org

IE3 Global Internships , http://ie3global.ous.edu/ 

International Affairs Resources,http://www2.etown.edu/vl/ 

Union of International Associations, http://www.uia.org

YMCA International, http://www.ymca.int/ 

 

Education

American Political Science Association,http://www.apsanet.org/content_3478.cfm?navID=8

Center for Civic Education, http://www.civiced.org 

Close-Up Foundation, http://www.closeup.org 

Constitutional Rights Foundation, http://www.crf-usa.org 

National Association of Independent Schools, http://www.nais.org 

National Association of State Boards of Education, http://www.nasbe.org

Teaching Political Science,http://www.apsanet.org/section_168.cfm 
 

Public Policy


Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management,http://www.appam.org/careers/index.asp

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, http://www.cbpp.org/ 

Global Policy Forum

Moving Ideas (Jobs in Policy), http://www.movingideas.org/content/en/jobs.htm 

Public Agenda, http://www.publicagenda.org/pages/

Think Tanks, http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/psthink.html 

Society for Political Methodology, http://polmeth.wustl.edu/ 

Southern Political Science Association, http://www.spsa.net/ 
 

General Links


Congressional Research Service, http://www.loc.gov/crsinfo/ 

Cato (Think Tank), http://www.cato.org 

Institute for Public Policy Research*, http://www.ippr.org.uk/jobsandinternships/?id=83 

The Washington Center, http://www.twc.edu 

Presidential Management Fellowship, https://www.pmf.opm.gov/Index.aspx 

The Fund for American Studies*, http://www.dcinternships.org 

Jefferson Consulting Group, LLC, http://www.jeffersonconsulting.com 

Public Policy & International Affairs Fellowship Program,http://www.ppiaprogram.org/programs/jsi.php 

Washington Internship Institute*, http://www.ielnet.org/ 

World Affairs Councils of America, http://www.worldaffairscouncils.org/ 

Riley Guide Jobs in Public Service, http://www.rileyguide.com/public.html 

Calling Students to Public Service Careers, http://www.naspaa.org/students/students.asp 

American Society for Public Administration,http://www.aspanet.org/scriptcontent/index.cfm 

American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, http://www.aei.org/ 

Teacher-Postsecondary from the Occupational Outlook Handbook,http://stats.bls.gov/oco/ocos066.htm