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 2022 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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Employers/Position Title Reported by Class of 2022 Political Science majors

The information below represents employers and position titles from the Class of 2022 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)
American Property Casualty Insurance Association Federal Government Relations Fellow
AT&T Retail Sales Consultant
Ballast Research Associate - Communications Advisory
Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C. Real Estate Legal Assistant
Burr and Forman Law Firm Case Support Specialist
Carl Vinson Institute Research Professional II
Century 21 Realtor
Claridge Law Firm Client Liaison
Cornerstone Government Affairs Policy Intern
Cowsert Heath Legal Intern
Cox Automotive Inc. Data Analyst
DCMC Partners Administrative Specialist
Deloitte GPS Analyst
Democratic Party of Georgia Field Organizer
Democratic Party of Georgia Field Organizer
Dicks Sporting Goods Golf Lead
Double the Donation Nonprofit Fundraising Software Account Executive
Edward Jones Branch Office Administrator
Empower College and Career Center High School Social Studies Teacher
Epic Systems Project Manager
Epic Systems Quality Manager
Fragomen Business Immigration Analyst (Assistant Paralegal)
Fulton County Goverment Court Associate
Georgia Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Intern
Georgia Department of Community Health Business Support Analyst
Georgia Link Public Affairs Group Legislative Intern
Georgia Public Defender Council Youth Defense Initiative Project Assistant
Georgia State Senate Legislative Assistant
Georgia State Senate Staff for Lt. Governor of Georgia
Gertsch Family Law Legal Specialist
Governor's Office of Planning and Budget Strategic Planning Intern
Governor's Office of Planning and Budget Fiscal Policy Analyst
Henry County Schools Teacher
Herschel Walker for U.S. Senate Regional Field Director
HSA Associates Research Assistant
IDR, Inc. Associate Recruiter
International Republican Institute External Affairs Program Associate
Jackson & Coker Onboarding Coordinator
Jackson County School System 6th Grade Social Studies Teacher
Kresky Law Project Assistant
Law Office of Johnny Phillips P.C. Litigation Paralegal
McKinsey & Company Analyst
Monroe County Schools Teacher
Morgan & Morgan, P.A. Case Manager
Narrative Strategies DC Strategic Communication Associate
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Administrative Support Assistant
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Administrative Assistant
Oconee State Bank Personal Banker
Office of the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Press Assistant
Oglethorpe County Schools Paraprofessional
Old Navy Assistant Store Manager of Merchandising
Priorities USA Associate Analyst
Progressive turnout project Community organizer
Raphaelson & Levine Law Firm P.C. Legal Assistant
Reagan Medical Center Chief of Staff & Executive Vice President for External Relations
Safikovs Law Firm Litigation Paralegal
Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools Paraprofessional
Savell and Williams Paralegal
State of Georgia Office of the Attorney General Paralegal
Teach For America Instructional Staff Member
Tenable Community Manager
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Research Assistant
The Heritage Foundation President’s Intern
The Home Depot Data Analyst
The Leap Year Program Manager
Troutman Pepper Strategies Public Affairs and Legislative Session Intern
Turning Point USA Leadership Program Administrator
U.S. Senate Press Assistant
United States House of Representatives Staff Assistant
United Way of Greater Atlanta 2022 NW Regional Campaign Associate
University of Georgia College Adviser
University of Georgia Retail Dining Assistant Manager
US Army Field Artillery Officer
US Department of Justice Paralegal
US Federal Government State Department Accountant
US House of Representatives Legislative Intern
US House of Representatives Staff Assistant
US House of Representatives Staff Assistant
US House of Representatives Staff Assistant - Office of the Republican Leader
US Senate Staff Assistant
UserTesting Business Development Representative
Venn Strategies Client Services Associate
War Room Strategies Communications Assistant
Weitz & Luxenberg PC Settlements Paralegal
* denotes no responses received.

*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 2022 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 Class of 2022 Political Science majors

The information below represents graduate/professional schools and programs reported through the Class of 2022 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.

Graduate School Program(s)
Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School Law, JD/PhD
Augusta University Dental Medicine, DMD
Boston College Law, JD
Charleston School of Law Law, JD
Cumberland School of Law Law, JD
Emory University Health Policy and Management, MPH
Emory University Law, JD
Emory University Law, JD
Florida State University Maapp, MA
George Washington University Law, JD
George Washington University Law; Public Interest, JD
Georgia State University Law, JD
Georgia State University Law, JD
Georgia State University Law, JD
Georgia State University Law, JD
Georgia State University Law, JD
Georgia State University Law, JD
Gonzaga University Law, JD
Kennesaw State University International Conflict Management, Master's
Lincoln Memorial University Law, JD
Mercer University Law, JD
Mercer University Law, JD
Mercer University Law, JD
Mercer University Law, JD
Mercer University Medicine, MD
Mercer University Not Specified
Not Specified Law, JD
Oklahoma City University Law, JD
Samford University Law, JD
Southern Methodist University Sport Management, MS
University of California at San Franscisco Medicine, Not Specified
University of Denver Law, Not Specified
University of Florida Law, JD
University of Georgia Artificial Intelligence, MS
University of Georgia Political Sci and Int Affairs, Master's
University of Georgia Public Administration, Master's
University of Georgia Public Administration, Not Specified
University of Georgia Public Administration, Not Specified
University of Georgia Public Administration and Policy, MPA
University of Georgia Journalism and Mass Comm, Master's
University of Georgia Law, JD
University of Georgia Social Studies Education, Master's
University of Georgia Law, JD
University of Georgia Law, JD
University of Georgia Law, JD
University of Georgia Law, JD
University of Georgia Law, JD
University of Georgia Public Administration, MPA
University of Georgia Public Administration, MPA
University of Houston Law, JD
University of Iowa Law, JD
University of Miami Law, JD
University of Mississippi Law, JD
University of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Paralegal Studies, Not Specified
University of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Public Administration, MPA
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Health Policy and Management, MPH
University of Pennsylvania Law, JD
University of Tennessee- Knoxville Law, JD
University of Tennessee- Knoxville Law, JD
University of Texas - Dallas Not Specified
University of Toledo Law, Not Specified
Vanderbilt University Law, JD
Vanderbilt University Law, JD
Vanderbilt University Law, JD
Wake Forest University Law, JD
* denotes no responses received.