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Explore this Major

Learn more about being a political science major. 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 knowledge of worldwide political systems and processes, strong verbal and written communication skills, the ability to work with diverse groups and analyze dense information.

Students who take the SuperStrong Interest Inventory receive a three-letter interest code, which identifies their top three areas of interest, work activities, potential skills, and personal values. The interest code "SEC" is often associated with this major, however, the SuperStrong assessment can help you understand how your interests connect to a variety of majors and career options. You can learn more about common employer types and occupations associated with this major. You can also see CLA specific examples of alumni careers below. 

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Student Groups

  • Undergrad Political Science Association
  • Pre-Law Society

Professional Organizations

Graduate Programs in Political Science

This is a small sample of programs alumni have gone onto, to find graduate programs in this field, search the Grad School Directory or Peterson's Guide.

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

Alumni Career Examples

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

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Government & Law

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

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
  • Legislative Intern, Minnesota State Senate
  • Political Intern, Republican Party of Minnesota
  • Constituent Services Intern, Office of Governor Mark Dayton
  • Finance/Field/Communications Intern, Ilhan Omar Campaign Office
  • Senate Intern, Minnesota State Senate
  • Congressional Intern, Congressman Erik Paulsen
  • Campaign Fellow, Angie Craig for US Congress
  • Field Fellow, Jacob Frey for Minneapolis Mayor
  • Government Support Intern, Hennepin County
  • Legislative Intern, US Senate
  • Policy Intern, Ramsey County
  • Operations Assistant, Democratic National Committee
  • Communications Intern, Smith Partners

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

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

Internships

  • Assistant High School Debate Coach, Edina High School
  • Urban Scholar, Minneapolis Public Schools Intern

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
Communications & Media

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

Internships

  • 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

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

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
  • Communications Intern, Thomson Reuters
  • Marketing Intern, Coca Cola

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
Nonprofit & Advocacy

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

Internships

  • Human Resource and Social Media Intern, The Fund for the Public Interest
  • Resource Counseling Intern, Tubman
  • Development Intern, Arc Minnesota
  • 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)
  • Political Leader of Tomorrow Intern, Women Winning

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
Tech

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

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
Healthcare & Science

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

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

 

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