What Can I Do With A Major In Political Science?
Political science is a social science concerned with the theory and practice of politics and the description and analysis of political systems and political behavior. Political science graduates observe and participate in the world's political and legal institutions, from local governments to international organizations. They are interested in the legitimacy and effectiveness of governing processes, the quality of political leadership, the values that underlie the practice of public affairs, and the wisdom of public policies.
Political Science graduates typically find careers in law, government service, political parties, interest groups and associations, education, business, journalism, and private or non-profit organizations. Majors are also encouraged to enhance their study through internships, study abroad, public service, and picking up additional skills in foreign languages, statistics and computer technology.
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Sample of Related Occupations
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Professional Associations & Additional Career Information
Internships, Co-ops and Employment Opportunities
Political science majors may find experiential opportunities or employment in a number of areas depending on your skills, abilities and experience. Career-related internships and co-op placements are a great avenue to establishing yourself as a qualified candidate for full-time, professional-level career opportunities after graduation.
The following list of employers and job titles shows opportunities where the employer was specifically looking for political science majors. This list is meant to be a resource for further career-related investigation and DOES NOT REFLECT current openings. To look for current openings, please visit Central Connections, CCSU's online job, internship, and co-op database, on the Career Success Center website here.
Clean Water Action - Global Warming and Clean Energy Internship
Connecticut Technology Council - Innovation Fellow
Connecticut Voices for Children - Policy Fellowship
Dan Malloy for Governor Campaign - Gubernatorial Election Internship
Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity - Virtual Internship Program
ISO New England - Communications/Operations Internship
Juran Institute - Client Development Associate Co-op
Planned Parenthood of Southern New England - Campus Action Internship
Rome, Smith & Lutz - Lobby Internship
State of Connecticut Office of Legislative Research -Legislative Fellow
State of Connecticut Office of Policy and Management - Legislative Internship, Policy & Planning Internship
Sullivan and LeShane, Inc. - Sessional Internship
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - Patient Services/Campaign Internship, Marketing & Public Relations Internship
The New York City Office of Management & Budget - Task Force Summer Internship
Tom Foley for Governor Campaign - 2010 Governor's Race Campaign Internship
Wheeler Clinic - Grants Coordinator