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Political Science

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Overview of major
Potential job titles 
Examples of internships
Possible career fields
Possible work settings
Important skills and abilities
Sample web resources
Print resources
Sample graduate programs pursued by Political Science majors
Where they got hired: Political Science, Class of 2013   

Overview of major

Political science is the systematic study of government and politics. It deals with the making and implementing of public policy by means of decisions regarded as authoritative or binding for society. Graduates can pursue careers with Congress, Congressional committees, the White House, lobbying or law firms, interest groups, judges, state legislators or more.

Resources

Potential job titles

  • Counterterrorism Analyst
  • Paralegal
  • Community Service Learning Fellow
  • Social Studies Teacher
  • Arbitrator
  • Attorney
  • Congressional Aide
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • City Planning Aide
  • Appeals Examiner
  • Equal Opportunity Specialist
  • Historian
  • Labor Relations Advisor
  • Parole Officer
  • Urban and Regional Planner
  • Management Consultant
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Technological Espionage Intelligence Agent

Examples of internships

  • ACLU
  • Alternative Directions
  • Attorney General of Maryland
  • Baltimore City Public Defender
  • Baltimore Council of Foreign Affairs
  • Baltimore Development Corp
  • CNN
  • City of Baltimore
  • U.S. Senate
  • U.S. Congress
  • HUD
  • Sallie Mae
  • Mayor’s Office
  • U.S. Attorney General of Maryland
  • Peace Corps
  • Department of Criminal Justice of NJ

Possible career fields

Government

  • Public policy
  • Research
  • Regional planning
  • Foreign service
  • City or town management
  • Intelligence community
  • Law enforcement
  • Legislative, executive, or judicial services

Law

Politics

  • Elected or appointed leadership
  • Campaign management
  • Staff administration
  • Special interest advocacy

Non-profit

  • Administration
  • Management
  • Advertising
  • Fundraising

Business

  • Sales
  • Human resources
  • Management
  • Advertising
  • Public relations

Journalism

  • Editing
  • Reporting
  • Circulation
  • Sales

Broadcasting

  • News programming
  • Production

Education
 

Possible work settings

  • Government
  • Law firms
  • Corporations
  • Special interest groups
  • Non-profits
  • Campaigns
  • Political action committees
  • Newspapers
  • Financial companies
  • Insurance companies
  • Associations
  • Print & electronic media
  • TV & radio stations
  • Schools & colleges

Important skills and abilities

  • Computers
  • Statisitcs & data analysis
  • Foreign language
  • Research
  • Writing
  • Communication & interpersonal
  • Leadership
  • Reporting
  • Debating
  • Active listening
  • Negotiation
  • Service orientation

Sample web resources

Print resources

(All available in the Career Resource Library in The Career Center)

  • What to do with your History or Political Science Major (H/PS Section)
  • Great Jobs for Political Science Majors (H/PS Section)
  • The Insider’s Guide to Political Internships (H/PS Section)
  • An Insider’s Guide to Political Jobs in Washington (GOV Section)
  • FBI Careers (GOV Section)
  • The Almanac of American Politics (GOV Section)
  • Guide to America’s Federal Jobs (GOV Section)
  • How to Get Into the Top Law Schools (Grad Section)
  • The Law School Buzz Book (Grad Section)

Sample graduate programs pursued by Political Science majors

  • JD
  • Master of Public Policy
  • Master of Environmental Management
  • Master of Social Work
  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Master of Arts in Public Administration

Where they got hired: Political Science, Class of 2013

The Career Center at Loyola University Maryland conducts an annual follow-up survey with new Loyola graduates between six and nine months after Commencement to paint a comprehensive picture of the professional paths each class has chosen. Nearly 85 percent of the class of 2013 responded to the survey.

Here's a snapshot of where our 2013 political science majors were hired or went on to graduate school:

Companies

BAE Systems - financial leadership development program
Benefitfocus - hr administrator
Boy Scouts of America - district executive-baltimore area council
Brilla College Prep, Teach for America - teacher
Bully Pulpit Interactive and Precision Network - account executive
Capitol Counsel - research analyst intern
Capuchin Corps - post-graduate service volunteer
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield - program analyst
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP - corporate paralegal
CRC Public Relations - account associate
Deloitte Consulting - analyst, federal analyst
Embassy of France - teacher assistant
Essensa Ventures, LLC - junior client service associate
In-House Counsel for the College of William & Mary - graduate fellow
Law Offices of Stephen R. Robinson - paralegal
Precision Network - fall fellow
Republican National Committee - regional door-to-door director
St. Gabriel's College - social studies teacher, teacher's assistant
Teach for America, Baltimore Corps - teacher
TechLaw Solutions - business development manager
Time Inc. - Lifestyle group publicity intern
U.S. State Department - office of the Haiti special coordinator
Verizon Wireless - paralegal-law enforcement resource team
Willkie Farr & Gallagher - assistant to managing attorney

Graduate/Professional Schools

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven - Masters of European Studies
Loyola University Maryland - MBA, International Business
New England School of Law - J.D.
SUNY Buffalo Law School - J.D.
Touro College Law Cener - J.D.

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