What Can I Do With a Major In Political Science?

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Major Information

Political Science majors go on to successful careers in government, law, business, academics, advocacy, politics, publishing, research, and much more.

All liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies, and Political Science majors develop specific skills that are applicable to lots of different careers. These skills include:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of worldwide political systems and processes
  • Critical thinking and creative problem-solving
  • Ability to formulate clear and persuasive messages
  • Cross-cultural knowledge and understanding
  • Ability to work well independently and collaboratively
  • Listening, clarifying, questioning and responding skills

Interest code: SEC

 

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Student Groups

  • Undergrad Political Science Association
  • Pre-Law Society

Professional Organizations

Graduate Programs in Political Science

  • University of Minnesota, PhD, Political Science
  • University of Wisconsin, PhD, Political Science
  • Georgetown University, MA, Government

Career Options

Below is a small sampling of what alumni with this major have pursued, organized by the most common career fields they go into (although, keep in mind that there are Political Science alumni in all eight of the career fields).  For more career information for Political Science majors, utilize these additional resources

  • What Can I Do With This Major - Find information about common career paths, employers, and strategies for how to build experience in different career fields
  • LinkedIn's Alumni Tool - Explore thousands of alumni career pathways
  • GoldPASS - Explore different job, internship, and volunteer opportunities as well as career events on campus

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Government, Law, Public Policy, International Affairs

Internships

  • Senate Intern, State Senator Kenneth Kelash
  • Congressional Intern, Office of Congressman Keith Ellison
  • Intern, Adult Prosecution Division, Hennepin County Attorney’s Office
  • Field Coordinator, Wisconsin Republican Party
  • Intern, Senator Klobuchar’s Office
  • Intern, Office of Senator Al Franken
  • Communications Intern, Women's Foreign Policy Group
  • Rail Operations Intern, Metropolitan Council of the Twin Cities
  • Court Monitoring Intern, WATCH

Entry-Level

  • Associate Attorney at Robins Kaplan LLC*
  • Consumer Analyst, Minnesota Attorney General’s Office
  • Deputy Scheduler and Executive Assistant to Chief of Staff, U.S. Senate
  • Staff Assistant, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Legal Assistant, Johnson Becker PLLC
  • Deputy Campaign Director, Ilhan Omar for State Representative
  • Research Assistant, United States Congress
  • Assistant Hennepin County Attorney, Hennepin County Attorney's Office*
  • Attorney, State of Minnesota*

Experienced

  • Youth Program Coordinator, Hennepin County Library
  • Consumer Advocate, Minnesota Attorney General’s Office
  • Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs Specialist, Export-Import Bank of the United States
  • Attorney and Partner at Stinson Leonard Street LLP*
  • Commercial Litigation Attorney | Partner, Lindquist & Vennum*

Graduate Programs

  • Juris Doctor, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
  • Juris Doctor, University of Minnesota Law School
  • Juris Doctor, University of St. Thomas School of Law
  • Juris Doctor, Harvard University
  • Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Human Rights, The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
Education

Internships

  • Assistant High School Debate Coach, Edina High School

Entry-Level

  • Development Associate, National Forensics League
  • College Coach, College Possible
  • Americorps Promise Fellow, Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Latino Outreach & Success Specialist, North Hennepin Community College

Experienced

  • High School Social Studies Teacher, Reading Public Schools*
  • College Program Coordinator, College Possible
  • National Director, Public Policy & International Affairs Fellowship Program
  • Dean of Students, Roosevelt High School
  • Translations Specialist, Saint Paul Public Schools
  • Communications and Public Affairs Specialist, Minneapolis Public Schools

Graduate Programs

  • Master of Education, University of Minnesota
  • M.Ed, Secondary Education, Lesley University
  • Master of Arts (M.A.), Higher Education Administration, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Advertising, Public Relations, Journalism & Communications

Internships

  • Communications Intern, Thomson Reuters
  • 48 Hours Intern, CBS News

Entry-Level

  • Writer, Alpha News
  • Advertising Sales Executive, St. Paul Pioneer Press
  • Editorial Assistant, The Associated Press
  • Assistant Account Executive, Goff Public

Experienced

  • Communications Director, Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • Editorial Writer and Columnist, Star Tribune
  • Director of Media Analysis, McCann Minneapolis
  • Reporter, Minnesota Public Radio
Business, Consulting, Marketing & Sales

Internships

  • Wealth & Investment Management Intern, Wells Fargo
  • State Governmental Relations Intern, Cargill
  • Communications Intern, University of Minnesota Office of Admissions
  • Business Analyst Intern, Assurant
  • Intern-Financial Advisor, Northwestern Mutual

Entry-Level

  • Business Development and Technical Services Assistant, DAI
  • Analyst, Best Buy
  • Research and Analysis Associate, Life Time Fitness

Experienced

  • Manager of Marketing, Vertical Marketing, Capella University
  • Sr Business Analyst- Site Search and Navigation, Best Buy
  • Director, Corporate Development, Life Time Fitness
  • Leadership & Management Consultant, Target*

Graduate Programs

  • MS, Psychology, University of Wisconsin
  • Ph.D., Operations Management, Economics Minor, University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management
Nonprofits, Human Services, Social Justice

Internships

  • Human Resource and Social Media Intern, The Fund for the Public Interest
  • Resource Counseling Intern, Tubman
  • Intern, The Advocates for Human Rights
  • Policy Intern, National Immigrant Justice Center
  • Project & Development Intern, Women’s Foundation Minnesota
  • Intern, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change
  • Civil Rights Intern, CAIR - MN (Council on American-Islamic Relations)

Entry-Level

  • Policy & Community Engagement Manager, United Way
  • Match Support Coordinator, Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Minnesota
  • Education Organizer, African Immigrant Services

Experienced

  • Director of Community Impact, Women’s Foundation Minnesota
  • Team Leader, Feed My Starving Children
  • Associate Director of Equity and Community Engagement, Urban Homeworks

Graduate Programs

  • MA, Public Administration, Hamline University
  • Master of Social Work, University of Minnesota
Technology, Data & Analytics

Internships

  • 1-HELP Technical Support, University of Minnesota

Entry-Level

  • Technical Support Analyst, Capella University
  • Data Analyst, University of Minnesota
  • Helpdesk Technician, Redpath and Company, Ltd.

Experienced

  • Senior Peoplesoft Developer, Hennepin County
  • Senior Developer, Accenture
  • VP, Analytic Consultant at Wells Fargo
  • Technology Consultant, Accenture
  • Salesforce.com Data Analyst, Amazon Web Services
  • Graduate Programs
  • MS, Software Engineering, University of Minnesota
Healthcare & Science

Internships

  • Home Health Aide, Carefree Living Of Burnsville

Entry-Level

  • Consultant, Minnesota Department of Health
  • Eligibility Coordinator & Pharmacy Benefit Coordinator, HealthEZ
  • Health Policy & Government Relations, Allina Health
  • Product Manager - Hennepin Health, Hennepin County*

Experienced

  • Healthcare Analyst, Minnesota Management and Budget
  • Community Health Worker, Livio Health Group*
  • Healthcare Specialist, 3M
  • Health Strategy Director, Hennepin County*
  • Corporate Health Engagement Director at American Heart Association

Graduate Programs

  • Master of Public Health, University of Minnesota
  • Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Certification, Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing
  • MPA, Public Administration, University of Delaware
  • Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.), Health Policy, University of Oregon