If you’re a natural leader and passionate about public policy, a career in political science might be your calling. As a political science student, you will learn how laws and policies affect businesses, governments and people. You'll also learn how to research economics, political issues, political parties, public opinion and laws to predict future trends.
Top political science jobs to consider:
1. Legislative assistant
Legislative assistants work for members of the House of Representatives, Senate, state legislatures and organizations that influence legislation. Legislative assistants generate ideas, draft bills and write speeches that introduce new legislation. Once the legislation is introduced, assistants rally support for the bill to help it get passed. This includes meeting with Congress members, constituents and lobbyists. Usually, legislative assistants focus on a specific area of legislation, such as education or social security. As their careers advance, they can become involved in advising, analysis, lobbying or related positions that benefit on a specialized acumen.
2. Campaign workers
While many campaign workers are volunteers for a candidate they strongly support, some people make campaign work a full-time job. Campaign workers are part of a staff that help a political candidate get elected. They work under a campaign manager and devise strategies to help their candidate win an election. As flexible and creative thinkers, campaign workers change their tactics depending on the needs of their candidate and the campaign. They help with communications, fundraising and anything else that needs to be accomplished in a campaign. Campaign communications, fundraising, management, outreach, planning and strategy are specialized careers that develop from more general campaign work.
If you have strong persuasive skills and are passionate about certain legal issues, consider becoming a lobbyist. Lobbyists persuade politicians to change laws on behalf of the organization they represent. They have a deep understanding of their clients’ interests and know the legislation that impacts their client. They also prepare press releases and other informational material to convince the public to agree with their stance on issues. Other duties include responding to inquiries and testifying at public hearings.
A bachelor’s degree in political science teaches you the researching skills you need to become an attorney. After law school, attorneys can choose a variety of specializations. If you are interested in political science, you may choose to work for a lobbying firm, politician or another type of political team. You will help draft bills and counsel clients on laws, legal matters and regulations that pertain to them.
5. Public relations specialist
If you have strong interpersonal, listening and writing skills, you could be a great public relations specialist. Public relations specialists create and maintain a positive public image for a company, government or politician. They create press releases, draft speeches and use other methods to explain their client’s goals to the public. When negative information is spread about their client, they combat it with creative solutions.
Get started with Lynn
A Bachelor of Arts in political science at Lynn University teaches you the critical thinking skills you need to be successful in any career you choose. You will take courses in human rights, international affairs, political theories and public economy.
Get experience before you even leave college. We collaborate with the Washington Internship Institute in Washington D.C. Become an intern in the nation’s capital while completing your degree and make networking connections for your future career.