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Political Science & Government

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  • Public Policy
  • Research
  • Regional Planning
  • City or Town Management
  • Intelligence
  • Foreign Service
  • Law Enforcement
  • Legislative, Executive, or Judicial Services
  • Program Administration
  • Federal, state, and local government


  • Law firms
  • Corporations
  • Federal, state, and local government
  • Private practice
  • Special interest groups
  • Universities


  • Elected or Appointed Leadership
  • Campaign Management
  • Staff Administration
  • Special Interest Advocacy
  • Legislative, executive, or judicial officials
  • National, state, or local government
  • Political action committees
  • Special interest groups
  • Political parties
  • Campaigns (national, state, or local)


  • Administration
  • Management
  • Public Relations
  • Fund Raising
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Foundations
  • Professional associations
  • Special interest groups


  • Sales
  • Human Resources
  • Management
  • Advertising
  • Public Relations
  • Product and service organizations
  • Retail stores
  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Manufacturers
  • Financial companies
  • Insurance companies
  • Print and electronic media
  • Other business corporations


  • Editing
  • Reporting
  • Circulation
  • Sales
  • Newspapers (national, local, or trade)
  • Wire services
  • Magazines
  • Internet sites
  • Large corporations
  • Political parties
  • Political action committees


  • News Programming
  • Production
  • Television stations (network, cable, or public)
  • Radio stations (regional or national)
  • Independent syndications


  • Public schools
  • Private schools
  • Colleges and universities

General Information and Strategies

  • An undergraduate degree in political science is good preparation for graduate or professional study in areas such as psychology, law, or business.
  • Research the pre-requisites of the area of interest and tailor program of study to meet curricular and skill needs.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are imperative for most careers related to politics or government.
  • Become familiar with the government application process for opportunities in federal, state, or local government.
  • For careers in politics, be prepared to volunteer extensively before being hired or elected as an employee or official. Begin by working with the campaign or official of choice while in college.
  • Many elected public officials begin careers in other fields (law, medicine, business) before campaigning for office.

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