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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 2012  

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 2012

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 80 percent of the class of 2012 responded to the survey.

Here's a snapshot of where our 2012 political science majors were hired or went on to graduate school:

Companies

CURVExpo – customer relations
EBSCO Publishing – supply chain coordinator
Hartefeld National Golf Course – hospitality
HedgeMark International LLC – hedge fund risk analyst
Highter Achievements – program associate
Kingfishers – general manager
Law Office of Terence G. Van Dzura – legal assistant
Maryland for All Families PAC – chairman
Massachusetts House of Representatives – legislative aide
Montana Democratic Party – field organizer
St. Gabriel's College – teacher (2)
Teach for China – teaching fellow
The Webster Group – associate
Tissue Banks International – marketing coordinator
Venable LLP – professional development and recruitment assistant

Graduate/Professional Schools

Brooklyn Law School – J.D.
Buffalo University – J.D.
Catholic University of Leuven – M.A., Philosophy
Drexel University – J.D.
Loyola University Maryland – Master of Arts in Teaching
National Chengchi University – Chinese Language and Literature
The George Washington University – Master of Public Policy
University of Baltimore School of Law – J.D. (2)
University of Notre Dame – J.D.  

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