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What can you do with training in Political Science?

Many jobs draw on the skills sharpened with the study of Political Science. Political scientists enter the corporate, non-profit, and government worlds as:

• Directors of research
• Policy analysts
• Foreign service officers
• Lobbyists
• Campaign staffers
• Consultants
• Intelligence officers
• City managers
• Lawyers

How do you qualify?

You can qualify for many of these jobs immediately with a B.A. in Political Science
Others require advanced degrees, such as law or masters degrees.  Duquesne students are eligible for the law school's 3-3 program.  Political science juniors may earn a $10,000 scholarship for graduate studies at  the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

Duquesne Political Science Graduates

Our graduates are employed in many professions. In addition to law, we have graduates who work in government agencies such as the Departments of Homeland Security,  Drug Enforcement Agency, and  military. One graduate is a city solicitor; another is a deputy city controller; another is an urban planner. Some work in business and banking. A number are managers, including a health plan manager and a manager of legal projects for the Department of Defense. Other job titles held by our graduates include equal opportunity specialist, grants associate, director of admissions, legal analyst, personnel director, and researcher for UPMC. Some are teachers at the secondary and college levels.

Plan for Your Future

We encourage you to establish a file in the Career Services Center (http://www.duq.edu/career-services/) soon in your academic career, but no later than the first semester of your senior year. This file would include letters of recommendation that the Center will then forward to prospective employers or graduate schools. Visit the Career Services page for Political Science.

Internships and volunteer experiences can also lead to full time jobs.

Useful Websites

American Political Science Association http://www.apsa.org/
U.S. Office of Personnel Management www.usajobs.open.gov
Student Jobs with the Federal Government www.studentjobs.gov
Partnerships for Public Service www.ourpublicservice.org
International City/County Management Association jobs.icma.org
Careers in Public Service www.publicservicecareers.org
Nonprofit Career Network www.nonprofitcareer.com
Nonprofit Jobs www.nonprofitjobs.org