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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

Related Career Titles
Federal GovernmentState & Local Government
Civilian Consultant to...County Treasurer
Assistant Secretary of State for...Advisor
Deputy Undersecretary of...County Council Member
Officer, FBIChief of Staff
Secretary, Department of...Deputy Secretary
Teacher, Overseas School for...Assistant Chief of Police
Program AnalystProgram Director
Management AuditorLegislative Coordinator, Mayor's Office
Tax InspectorState Personnel Officer
ResearcherJuvenile Justice Specialist
Foreign Service Officer/SpecialistState Chief Purchasing Officer
AmbassadorCity Planner
ArchivistSupervisor, State Department ...
Budget AnalystLabor Relations Specialist
HistorianCity Project Coordinator
GAO EvaluatorSenior Criminologist
Public Affairs SpecialistAssistant Budget Examiner
Intelligence Specialist, CIACity Housing Administrator
Staff Aid, Congressional CommitteeCity's Coordinator of...
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
 Political Consultant
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
CIA Inspector 
Juvenile Justice Specialist 
Labor Relations Specialist 
Assistant Budget Examiner 
Labor Union Official 
Corporate Legal Counsel 
Law Professor 
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 
Director of International Marketing 
Policy Analyst 
Field staff 
Agent, International Bureau, FBI 
Consultant to Multinational 
International Correspondent 
Related Major Skills
Oral & written communicationDecision-making
Problem-solvingAnalytical thinking
Research skillsLeadership abilities
Interact with diverse populationsAble to develop & market ideas
Understanding of community needsComputer literate
Team workerWork well under pressur

Job & Internship Search Links

Federal Government

Federal Government Jobs, 

Federal Job Search, 

Federal Jobs Net, 



Government Departments and Agencies,,

U.S. Government Manual, 

State & Local Government

Council of State Governments, 



International City/County Management Association, 

Local Government Institute, 

National Association of Counties, 

National Conference of State Legislatures, 

National Governors Association, 

National League of Cities, 

State and Local Government on the Net, 

State and Local Governments, 

U.S. Conference of Mayors, 

Nonprofit Organizations

American Society of Association Executives, 

Corporation for National and Community Service, 


Internship Programs, 

Internships in Political Science, 


Campaigns and Polling

American Association of Political Consultants, 

American National Election Studies,

American Presidency Project, 

CCPS's Courses, 

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, 

Democratic National Committee, 

GWU's Semester in Washington,

National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee, 

Political Resources on the Net, 

Project Vote Smart, 

Republican National Committee, 

UA's Certificate Programs, 

WCS's Training Sessions, 


American Bar Association Career Corner,

Association of American Law Schools, 

American Judges Association, 

Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 

Attorney Jobs,, 

Lawyers from the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 


Internet Legal Rasearch Group, 

LawInfo Career Center, 


Lawyers Weekly Jobs, 

Legal Employment, 

National Association for Law Placement, 

National Bar Association, 

National Center for State Courts, 

National Federation of Paralegal Associations, 

NC Bar Association,

U.S. Courts, 


Washington State Bar Association, 

Washington State Courts, 


American Journalism Review, 

Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, 

Broadcast Education Association, 


TV Jobs, 


Foreign Policy Association,

IE3 Global Internships , 

International Affairs Resources, 

Union of International Associations,

YMCA International, 



American Political Science Association,

Center for Civic Education, 

Close-Up Foundation, 

Constitutional Rights Foundation, 

National Association of Independent Schools, 

National Association of State Boards of Education,

Teaching Political Science, 

Public Policy

Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management,

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 

Global Policy Forum

Moving Ideas (Jobs in Policy), 

Public Agenda,

Think Tanks, 

Society for Political Methodology, 

Southern Political Science Association, 

General Links

Congressional Research Service, 

Cato (Think Tank), 

Institute for Public Policy Research*, 

The Washington Center, 

Presidential Management Fellowship, 

The Fund for American Studies*, 

Jefferson Consulting Group, LLC, 

Public Policy & International Affairs Fellowship Program, 

Washington Internship Institute*, 

World Affairs Councils of America, 

Riley Guide Jobs in Public Service, 

Calling Students to Public Service Careers, 

American Society for Public Administration, 

American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 

Teacher-Postsecondary from the Occupational Outlook Handbook,