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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 2014   

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.


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


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



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


  • Administration
  • Management
  • Advertising
  • Fundraising


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


  • Editing
  • Reporting
  • Circulation
  • Sales


  • News programming
  • Production


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
  • Statistics & 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 2014

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 89 percent of the class of 2014 responded to the survey.

Here's a snapshot of where our 2014 political science majors were hired or went on to graduate school:


Abused Women's Aid in Crisis (AWAIC), Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest - Direct Service Specialist
American College of Radiology - Project Associate
Bethany Beach Police Department - Seasonal Police Officer
Burson-Marsteller - Client Staff Assistant
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP - Litigation Paralegal
Cyrus Fashion Company - Data Entry Specialist
DAI - Innovation Communications Assistant 
Fidelity Investments - Financial Representative
Glenmede Trust Company - Business Development Assistant
Marcus & Millichap - Commercial Real Estate Investment Sales Associate
Marilinda for Congress - Digital Director
Master Security - Security Officer 
Murthy Law Firm - Special Projects Paralegal
Nomura Securities - Analyst
Robert Half International - Staffing Manager
St. Gabriel's College - English Teacher
The Law Offices of Frank G. D’Angelo and Associates, P.C. - Legal Intern
The Lugar Center - Policy Analyst
The Mellinger Group - Associate
Town of North Hempstead - Communications Intern
U.S. Army - Second Lieutenant, Active Duty, Battalion S1 (Personnel) Officer, Adjutant General Corps
U.S. Army National Guard - Gold Bar Recruiter/ Aviation Company Platoon Leader
U.S. District Court - Court Intern
United States Senate - Press Assistant
Urban Grid - Business Development Intern
Weitz and Luxenberg - Legal Assistant

Graduate/Professional Schools

Katholieke University Leuven - M.S., European Policy & Politics
Northeastern University School of Law - J.D.
Seton Hall University, School of Law - J.D.
University of Baltimore - J.D.
University of Chicago - Degree Not Reported

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