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Related Skills

  • Good leadership skills
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Research skills
  • Experience in interacting with diverse populations
  • Team skills
  • Ability to work independently

Being Successful in the Field

  • An undergraduate degree in political science is good preparation for graduate or professional study in areas such as psychology, law, or business.
  • Research the prerequisites of the area of interest and tailor program of study to meet curricular and skill needs.
  • Become familiar with the government application process for opportunities in federal, state, or local government.
  • For careers in politics, be prepared to volunteer extensively before being hired or elected as an employee or official. Begin by working with the campaign or official of choice while in college.
  • Many elected public officials begin careers in other fields (law, medicine,business) before campaigning for office.

Related Fields


  • Public Policy
  • Research
  • Regional Planning
  • City or Town Management
  • Intelligence
  • Foreign Service
  • Law Enforcement
  • Legislative, Executive, or Judicial Services
  • Program Administration


Federal, state, and local government


  • Complete an internship in government or related area.
  • Serve in model United Nations.
  • Become involved in student government.
  • Participate in cross-cultural groups and organizations.
  • Write for campus publications focused on national and international affairs.
  • Develop skills in computers, statistics, and data analysis.
  • Acquire foreign language competency and travel experience for international positions.
  • Supplement curriculum with business courses.
  • Earn a graduate degreein political science or public administration for advancement.
  • Volunteer with the staff of a government official. Participate in local or national campaigns.



  • Law firms
  • Corporations
  • Federal, state, and local government
  • Private practice
  • Special interest groups
  • Universities


  • Develop excellent research, writing, analysis, and communication skills.
  • Planto attend law school and earn a law degree.
  • Obtain specialized certification for paralegal positions.


  • Elected or Appointed Leadership
  • Campaign Management
  • Staff Administration
  • Special Interest Advocacy


  • Legislative, executive, or judicial officials
  • National, state, or local government
  • Political action committees
  • Special interest group
  • Political parties
  • Campaigns (national, state, or local)


  • Volunteer for national or local campaigns. Gain experience through internships in government.
  • Obtain leadership roles in campus organizations.
  • Seek leadership roles on the regional or national level.
  • Become involved in campus political organizations, student government, campus publications, or community service projects.
  • Take courses in statistics, computer science, environmental protection, or public policy.
  • Develop a network of personal contacts. Be prepared to begin a political career as a volunteer before moving to full-time or paid positions.


  • Administration
  • Management
  • Public Relations
  • Fund Raising


  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Foundations
  • Professional associations
  • Special interest groups


  • Gain experience through volunteering or completing an internship.
  • Supplement curriculum with courses in business, psychology, sociology, or social work.
  • Obtain leadership roles in campus organizations.
  • Develop strong written andoral communication skills.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and experience in a specialty area (e.g., public health, environment, urban issues).


  • Sales
  • Human Resources
  • Management
  • Advertising
  • Public Relations


  • Product and service organizations
  • Retail stores
  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Manufacturers
  • Financial companies
  • Insurance companies
  • Print and electronic media
  • Other business corporations


  • Develop strong analytical, verbal, writing, and computer skills.
  • Acquire a business minor or add business as a double major.
  • Gain experience in an area of interest through internships or other employment.
  • Obtain leadership roles in campus organizations.
  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills.


  • Editing
  • Reporting
  • Circulation
  • Sales


  • Newspapers (national, local, or trade)
  • Wire services
  • Magazines
  • Internet sites
  • Large corporations
  • Political parties
  • Political action committees


  • Obtain summer or part-time work experience with a newspaper or magazine.
  • Complete an internship in journalism.
  • Choose writing intensive coursework.
  • Become proficient in desktop publishing and photography.
  • Develop excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Join the college newspaper, yearbook, or other publication staff. Become a student member of professional associations.
  • Createa portfolio of published writing samples.
  • Obtain experience in and knowledge of a specialty area of interest.

Other Professions

  • Academic Advisor
  • Admission Officer
  • Archives Technician
  • Area Manager
  • Attorney
  • Attorney General
  • Circuit Judge
  • Congressional Aide
  • Congressional Liaisons
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Defense Intelligence Agent
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Lawyer
  • Lobbyist
  • Mayor
  • Military Officer
  • Newspaper/Magazine Journalist
  • Paralegal
  • Peace Corps/VISTA Worker/Volunteer
  • Penologist
  • Policy Analyst
  • Political Consultant
  • Political Scientist
  • Politician
  • Presidential Advance Person
  • Probation Officer
  • Parole Officer
  • Professor
  • Public Administrator/Manager
  • Public Opinion Interviewer
  • Researcher
  • Survey Worker
  • Social Studies Teacher
  • Technical Writer
  • Writer/Author

Career Industry Liaison

Name Office Email Phone
Megan Ruffin  223 Bone Student Center  (309) 438-2200 

Internship Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone
Brittney Vietti  401A Schroeder Hall  (309) 438-3709