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.
Class of 2019 Career Outcomes for Political Science*
** 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
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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
The information below represents employers and position titles from the Class of 2019 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.
|Amazon||Software Development Engineer||American Bar Association||Program Associate||American Chemistry Council||Manager of State Affairs||American Hotel and Lodging Association||Scheduler||American Transaction Processors Coalition||Project Coordinator||Aquina||Customer Success Manager||Association of American Universities||Office and Meetings Assistant||Athens Country Club||Banquet Server||Benson Integrated Marketing Solutions||Technology Services Coordinator||Beto for America||Field Organizer||Booz Allen Hamilton||Consultant||Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)||Program Coordinator||City of Roswell||Administrative Specialist II||City of Sandy Springs||Public Relations Assistant||Dartmouth College||Debate Coach||David Kennedy & Associates||Paralegal||Deloitte||Business Analyst||Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project||Development Associate||Eversheds Sutherland||Paralegal||Extra Special People, Inc.||Camp Counselor||FP1 Strategies||Digital Associate||GEICO||Liability Claims Representative||Georgia Assembly House of Representatives||Legislative Intern||Georgia Custom Installers||Commercial Installer||Georgia Department of Economic Development||Communications Specialist||Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security||Equipment and Logistics Planner||Georgia State Senate||Administrative Assistant, Legislative Assistant||Hawkins Parnell & Young, LLP||Legal Clerk||Hill Holliday||Assistant Account Executive||Holland & Knight||Intern, Legislative Assistant||Homrich for Congress||Grassroots Coordinator||Insight Global||Contracts Specialist||International Model United Nations Association||Not Specified||KaiserDillon PLLC||Legal Assistant||King & Spalding||Legal Practice Assistant||Landmark Communications, Inc.||Communications Manager||Liberty Mutual Insurance||E&S Property Underwriting Trainee||Meltwater||Sales Consultant||Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce||Economic Development||MINDBODY, Inc.||Sales Development Representative||MMG Fusion||Social Media Manager||N3||Business Development Representative||NASCO||IT Development Scheduler||NCR||Business Devlopment Specialist||Oblander Group||Financial Assistant||Office of U.S. Congressman David Scott||Intern||Office of U.S. Congressman Jamie Raskin||Staff Assistant||Office of U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Walorski||Staff Assistant||Office of U.S. Senator David Perdue||Special Assistant||Office of U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson||Staff Assistant||Ogletree Estates||Marketing Director||Oklahoma House of Representatives||Legislative Assistant||Oracle||Business Development Consultant||Peace Corps||Peace Corps Member||Pew Research Center||Research Assistant||Political Compliance Management Services||Compliance Associate||RAS Crane, LLC||Foreclosure Legal Assistant, Paralegal||Republican Governors Association||Political Department Associate||Republican National Committee||Data Analyst||Rockdale County Public Schools||Teacher||SAP||Communications Intern||Shirley and Banister Public Affairs||Junior Account Executive||SHOFUR||Sales Associate||Strategic Partners & Media||Digital Media & Content Planner||TargetPoint Consulting||Research Analyst||Teach For America||Teach For America Corps Member||The Masquerade||Marketing Intern||Turning Point USA||Field Director||U.S. Army||2nd Lieutenant, Active Duty Soldier, Infantry Officer||U.S. Department of Defense||Human Geographer||U.S. House of Representatives||Not Specified||U.S. Senate||Staff Assistant||University of Georgia||Annual Giving Officer, Development & Alumni Relations Coordinator - Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, Facility & Operations Specialist||Vazquez & Servi||Paralegal Assistant||VMware||Order Management Analyst||Volkswagen Group of America||Service Advisor||War Room Strategies||Political Director||Warren for President||Field Organizer|
GRADUATE/PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS ATTENDED BY UGA Political Science - Bachelor's Degree MAJORS FOR THE CLASS OF 2019**
|Brown University||American Studies, Not Specified||College of William & Mary||Law, JD||Duke University||Public Policy, MPP||Elon University||Law, JD||Emory University||Law, JD||George Washington University||International Relations and Affairs, MA||Georgetown University||Law, JD||Georgia Institute of Technology||Sustainable Energy and Environmental Management, MSEEM||Georgia State University||Law, JD||Mercer University||Law, JD||New York University||Law, JD; Not Specified, Not Specified||Pennsylvania State University||Law, JD||The George Washington University||Public Health, Not Specified||The Ohio State University||Law, JD||University of Cincinnati||Law, JD||University of Colorado Boulder||Law, JD||University of Georgia||Art History, MA; Biology, BS; Industrial-Organizational Psychology, MS; International Policy, MIP; Journalism, MA; Law, JD; Political Science, PhD; Political Science and International Affairs, MA; Public Administration, MPA||University of Minnesota||Law, JD||University of South Carolina||Law, JD||University of Tennessee||Law, First Professional||University of Virginia||Law, JD||Wake Forest University||Law, JD||Washington and Lee University||Law, JD||Yale University||Law, JD|