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Political Science

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.

Visit CCSU’s Political Science Department webpage here.

Sample of Related Occupations



Business Manager

Campaign Manager

City Manager

Claims Adjuster



Intelligence Analyst



Law Enforcement Officer




Market Research Analyst 

News Correspondent


Peace Corps/Vista Worker

Personnel Manager

Policy Analyst

Political Scientist

Private Investigator

Public Administrator

Public Information Officer

Research Specialist

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 Research

American League of Lobbyists

American Political Science Association

Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management

Connecticut General Assembly

Democratic National Committee 

Drudge Report

Federal Jobs Net: Career Center

International Association for Political Science Students

Law School Admission Council

HG.org: Worldwide Legal Directories


National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration

Partnership for Public Service


State of Connecticut

United States Department of State

United States Senate

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 College Central Network, 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 Department of Social Services - The Office of Legal Counsel Regulations and Administrative Hearings Internship

Connecticut Technology Council - Innovation Fellow

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

Wheeler Clinic - Grants Coordinator