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

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SKILLS

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.

Critical Thinking

  • Synthesizing themes from diverse source
  • Ability to interpret social and political data
  • Integrating of theory and practice

Communication

  • Public speaking
  • Presenting written information clearly and concisely
  • Ability to express multiple viewpoints

Research

  • 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)

TIPS

  • 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.


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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.

Employer Position Title(s)
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
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*Source: Areas above marked with an Asterisk (*) have been created utilizing data taken from the UGA Career Outcomes Survey. The "Employers Hiring...," "Job Titles of...," "Career Outcomes for...," and "Graduate/Professional Schools and Programs..." information listed above represent UGA Class of 2019 Graduates. The lists are not exhaustive and therefore do not represent all potential career options. Click here for more detailed Career Outcomes information regarding this major.

GRADUATE/PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS ATTENDED BY UGA Political Science - Bachelor's Degree MAJORS FOR THE CLASS OF 2019**

Graduate School Program(s)
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
* denotes no responses received.