College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Careers in Political Science

Below is a list of prospective employers and fields of employment for Political Science graduates.  Another useful resource is the Careers in Political Science page of the American Political Science Association website.  Students who are interested in learning more about career opportunities in Political Science are also encouraged to visit the WWU Career Services Center and sign up for Viking CareerLink, a free online internship and job posting database available to students, alumni, and employers. 

Common Employers for Political Science Graduates

Colleges & Universities, Media Organizations, Research Organizations, Polling Organizations, Think Tanks, Special Interest Groups, Consulting Firms, Embassies, Environmental Organizations, CIA, FBI, State & Local Government Agencies, International Agencies, Campaign Organizations, Labor Unions, Law Firms, Magazine Publishing Companies, Network/Cable/Public Broadcasting Stations, Corporations, Courts, Nonprofit Organizations, Political Interest Groups, Radio Stations and Lobbying Firms.

Career Ideas for Political Science Majors:











  • Campaign Manager
  • Special Interest Advocacy
  • Lobbyist
  • Press Secretary
  • Speech Writer
  • Legislative or Congressional Aide
  • Activist
  • Public Opinion Analyst
  • Pollster
  • Elected or Appointed Positions at Local/State/National level









  • Attorney
  • Judicial Clerk
  • Private Practice
  • Paralegal
  • Civil Rights Advocate
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Corporate Legal Counsel
  • Judge/Mediator
  • Juvenile Justice Specialist
















  • Public Policy Specialist
  • Embassy Employee
  • Urban Policy Planner
  • Healthcare Policy
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • FBI/CIA Analyst or Agent
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Foreign Intelligence
  • Customs/Immigration Officer
  • Legislative/ Executive/ Judicial Services
  • Peace Corps Officer
  • International Research Specialist
  • Adviser for Governmental Relations
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Public Affairs Adviser
  • Archives/Records Management




  • Administration/Management
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Research
  • Fund Raising




  • Journalist/Author
  • Communications Director
  • Political Commentator
  • Editor of Political Journal

Private Sector









  • Health Care Administrator
  • Corporate Analyst
  • Contract Administrator
  • Governmental Liaison
  • Grant Writer
  • Research Specialist
  • Survey Analyst
  • Banking Executive
  • Financial Consultant
  • Entrepreneur




  • High School Government Teacher
  • University Professor
  • University Administrator