What can I do with a major in Political Science?
UGA Specific Information for Political Science
Political Science studies governments around the world by concentrating on how a government’s structure and function affect social order. Students who major in political science gain a solid awareness in the diversity of government around the globe and the various political theories, parties, and interest groups that correspond with these systems. In addition, students develop an understanding of international relations, public laws, public administration, personal rights and freedoms, justice, and political authority. Like all good liberal arts majors, political science helps students develop their analytical and problem-solving abilities, as well as improve their written and oral communication skills. It provides excellent preparation for graduate education in law and public administration, as well as doctoral programs in political science. Political Science is also a good foundation for careers in public service, campaign work, and various management positions in the private sector.
Employers Hiring UGA Political Science for the Class of 2016*
Alter Reality Games | American Eagle Outfitters Inc. | Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. | Association Services Group, LLC | Atlanta Public Schools | Attorneys at Law, LLC | Clark County School District | Cobb County School District | Congressman Earl L. ’Buddy’ Carter | Corrosion & Integrity Solutions, LLC | Diageo plc | Federal Reserve Board of Governors | FTI Consulting, Inc. | Georgia Public Records Solutions | Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP | Hillary for Ohio | infUSion Magazine | Iowa Democratic Party | JPMorgan Chase & Co. | Keller Williams Realty, Inc. | Marriott International, Inc. | Mayor’s Office | McKinsey & Company | Mercer | Monty Chiu & Associates PC | Next Level Community Development Center | Nissan Motor Corporation | O’Kelley & Sorohan | Office of Brian Kemp - Secretary of State | Office of the President Pro Tempore | Office of the US Senator Thomas Philips | Rare.us | Rogers & Hardin LLP | Shans Bait & Tackle | Southwire Company, LLC | St. John Bosco Academy | Standridge Color Corporation | The Dean’s List Services International, Inc. | The State of Georgia | The State of Georgia Governor Nathan Deal Office of the Governor | The United States Senate | The University of Colorado Boulder | The University of Georgia | U.S. House of Representatives | United Parcel Service | Vanderbilt University | WCSC | William Mills Agency | Williams & Connolly LLP | Winter Construction Company | Young Democrats of Georgia | Young Democrats of UGA
Job Titles of UGA Political Science Majors for the Class of 2016*
Account Coordinator | Account Executive | Article Writer | Assignment Coordinator | Assistant Educator | Brand Ambassador | Business Analyst | Caseworker | Cashier Lead | Clerk | Clinical Trials Specialist | Communications Director | Constituent Services Specialist | Consultant | Contract to Close Coordinator | Corrosion Specialist | Courthouse Researcher | Democratic Party Event Organizer | Digital Organizer | Distribution On Premise Specialist | Executive Assistant | Executive Vice President | General Contractor | Government Consulting Analyst | Great Promise Partnership Coordinator and Work-based Learning Coordinator | Guest Service Representative | Human Resources Communications Coordinator | Legal Administrative Assistant | Legislative Assistant | Legislative Correspondant | Libraries-General Operations Clerk I | Management Operator | News Producer | Online Editor | Paralegal | Policy Assistant | Policy Coordinator | Public Affairs | Public Contracts and Infrastructure Advisory Paralegal | Sales & Marketing Associate | Scheduling Assistant | Shareable Content Specialist | Special Assistant to the Secretary of State | Staff Assistant | Support | Teacher | Vice President of Finance
Graduate/Professional Schools Attended by UGA Political Science Majors for the Class of 2016*
American University | Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School | Columbia University | Columbus State University | Emory University | Georgetown University | Georgia Institute of Technology | Georgia State University-Perimeter College | Mercer University | Savannah Law School | The Johns Hopkins University | The London School of Economics and Political Science | The Pennsylvania State University | The University of Alabama | The University of Arizona | The University of Bergen | The University of Denver | The University of Georgia | The University of Hamburg | The University of Mississippi | The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | The University of South Carolina | The University of Virginia | Valdosta State University | Washington and Lee University
UGA Political Science Career Outcomes for the Class of 2016*
** Includes Self-Employed
- SPIA Advising News
- Washington Semester Program
- College Republicans
- Young Democrats
- Pi Sigma Alpha
- The Roosevelt Institute
- UGA Student Government Association
- University Judiciary
- UGA Pre-Law Advising Program
To find additonal clubs and organizations, visit the Center for Student Organizations.
And connect with your Career Consultant!
Additional UGA Career Center Recommendations/Considerations
The study of government allows for the development of a core set of skills sought after by employers in a wide range of occupational settings. A sample of representative skills and abilities follows.
- Synthesizing themes from diverse source
- Ability to interpret social and political data
- Integrating of theory and practice
- Public speaking
- Presenting written information clearly and concisely
- Ability to express multiple viewpoints
- Research design, implementation and evaluation
- Examination of theory
- Ability to utilize various online research resources
SAMPLE INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
- Communications/Media (e.g., Public Strategies Inc.)
- Congressional Offices (e.g., Local and national offices of U.S. Senators or Congressmen/women)
- Education (Curatorial, Research, Historical, Public Affairs, Naval Historical Center)
- Government Consulting Firm (e.g., KPMG, Deloitte and Touche)
- Nonprofit/NGO (e.g., Pathways for Mutual Respect, Oregon Bus Project, Partners for Livable Communities)
- Lobbying Firms (e.g., Downey McGrath Group, Inc., Carmen Group, Cassidy and Associates)
- State/Local Government (e.g., State congressmen or senators/ local councilmen)
- Political Action Committee (e.g., American Israel Public Affairs Committee)
- Think Tanks (e.g., American Enterprise Institute, Center for Strategic and International Studies)
- An undergraduate degree in political science is good preparation for graduate or professional study in areas such as political science, public administration, foreign policy, law, business, and more. Carefully research programs in order to choose specializations or concentrations of interest.
- Maintain a high grade point average to ensure admission into a graduate or law program and/or a position within the government.
- Expect keen competition for federal positions. Prepare yourself with a strong academic background and good experience. Many government jobs have strict guidelines and want to carefully match candidates’ knowledge, skills, and abilities to the job description. Research this first and seek the classes and experiences that will best prepare you.
- Explore application to Administrative Careers with America (ACWA) and the Outstanding Scholar Program for federal positions.
- Develop strong leadership skills; run for office in clubs and organizations in school or community. Volunteer to organize or lead an event or project.
- Join related social and/or professional organizations.
- Build a strong personal network through informal contacts.
- Consider military experience and training as an entryway into government jobs and public service. The Peace Corps is also a good way to enter a career in government.
- Join LinkedIn groups that are related to your career interest. To search, select “groups” under the “interests” tab. Also, review the groups that professionals in your field of interest have joined and consider joining them as well.
Interested in graduate school? Find current information on getting into graduate school at UGA’s Career Center webpage.
Supplemental Career Research Dashboard
Additional Career Research Resources
- Careers in Political Science - American Political Science Assocation (APSA)
- My Next Move
- Occupational Outlook Handbook
- Career Insider: Vault Guides (under the Resources tab, select Online Resources)
- Candid Career - View professionals speaking about their careers (under the Resources tab, select Online Resources)
- Go Government
- Federal Jobs Digest
- Partnership for Public Service
- Team Georgia - Careers with the State of Georgia
- Georgia Governor's Intern Program
- Georgia Local Government Access
- Georgia Legislative Internship Program
- Senator Isakson Public Policy Fellowship
- Vinson Institute Fellows Program
- American Political Science Association
- International Association for Political Science Students
- American Association of Political Consultants
- Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management
- Association of Government Relations Professionals
- Association County Commissioners of Georgia
- Georgia Municipal Association
- National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
- American Federation of Government Employees