Political Science

What Can I Do With This Discipline/Major?

For helpful resources on your career opportunities, explore the “What Can I Do with This Major” guides for political science and government.

Some common career titles for this major include:

  • Court Reporter
  • Judges, Mediators, and Hearing Officers
  • Lawyer
  • Legislator
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Paralegal and Legal Assistant
  • Political Scientist
  • Public Relations Manager and Specialist
  • Reporter, Correspondent, and Broadcast News Analyst
  • Social and Community Service Manager
  • Sociologist
  • Survey Researcher
  • Teacher – Elementary, Middle, and Secondary
  • Teacher – Postsecondary
  • Urban and Regional Planner

For additional career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations, visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Internships and Research Opportunities

Getting applied experience in your field is critical. The following resources will allow you to learn more about your department’s opportunities and process, as well introduce you to other major-specific internship posting resources. For more information, email , TU Political Science Department Internship Coordinator.

Research/Internship Opportunities:

Careers and Jobs

The resources below are a starting point for your job search. In addition to making use of the Internet to do research, we encourage you to talk to people in the fields you are interested in (don’t forget to use TU’s Career Mentor Database) to learn more about specific opportunities and organizations.

Sample Resumes and Interview Questions

For major specific resume samples, we encourage you to look at the Sample Political Science Resume (PDF) in addition to our Sample Resume Database.

Below are sample interview questions for your field. In preparing for the interview, you’ll also want to review common interview questions (PDF) asked of all majors, thoroughly research the organization, dress professionally, and visit the interview skills section of the Career Center’s website. You can practice your interview skills online via Big Interview or schedule a mock interview with a Career Center staff member.

Interview Questions

Common industry related questions
  • What do you see as the benefits of our government? How do you believe it helps people?
  • What interests you about political science?
  • What has drawn you to a career in the government?
  • Tell us about a time where your ethics were challenged. How did you handle the situation?
  • Do you have any experience in writing proposals for funding or any other fundraising experience?
  • What do you think goes into running a successful campaign?
  • Tell us about any experience you have with political campaigns.

Professional Associations

Professional associations offer many benefits to students, often including reduced-price membership, mentorship programs, “careers in…” information, job and internship listings, field-related conferences and publications, and much more. Be sure to check out sections on the associations’ websites related to students, education, careers, etc.