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Political Science Careers

A degree in political science or international studies can be a jumping off point for many different careers, in fields such as:

  • Politics, including elected or appointed leadership
  • Political campaign management
  • Lobbying/advocacy
  • Diplomacy
  • Foreign affairs
  • Government service
  • Urban planning
  • Law enforcement
  • Foreign service
  • Law/international law
  • Non-profit management
  • Writing and editing
  • Journalism
  • Research
  • Academia
  • International business
  • Labor relations
  • Community development
  • Documentary filmmaking
  • Public policy

Different types of employers:

  • City, county and state governments
  • US State Department
  • The United Nations
  • National Security Council
  • Homeland Security
  • US Foreign Service
  • Think tanks
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • Defense contractors
  • Political parties
  • Political action committees
  • Political candidates/campaigns
  • NGOs and non-profits such as USAID
  • Foundations
  • Magazines, newspapers and wire services
  • Corporations with overseas holdings or operations
  • International airlines
  • Consulting firms
  • Schools, both domestic and international
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Facebook
  • YouTube
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
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