What Can I Do With A Major In Political Science?
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.
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.
Visit CCSU’s Political Science Department webpage here.
Sample of Related Occupations
For additional information on each occupation or any others you may be considering, please visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook, a nationally recognized source of career information, put together by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Professional Associations & Additional Career Information
American Bar Association
America Job: Government Job Search
American Association of Political Consultants
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy
American League of Lobbyists
American Political Science Association
Association for Public Policy Analysis and
Connecticut General Assembly
Democratic National Committee
Federal Jobs Digest
Federal Jobs Net: Career Center
International Association for Political Science
Law School Admission Council
HG.org: Worldwide Legal Directories
Making the Difference
National Association of Schools of Public Affairs
Partnership for Public Service
Republican National Committee
State of Connecticut
United States Department of State
Internships, Co-ops and Employment
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 opportunitites 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 CACE 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