Politics

COMMON CAREER PATHS: (some of these require education beyond the bachelors degree)

Government
Public Policy Analyst
Environmental Policy Analyst 
FBI/CIA Agent
Foreign Service Officer 
Government Intelligence Analyst 
Social Services Administrator 
Historic Site Interpreter 
Peace Corps/Vista Worker 
City Manager
Urban/Regional Planner 
Congressional Aide 
Public Administrator/Manager 
Law Enforcement Officer 
Presidential Advance Person 
Legislative Analyst 
Congressional Researcher
Probation/Parole Officer 
Historic Preservationist 
Archivist 

Law
Lawyer
Legal Assistant
Paralegal

Politics
Politician
Campaign Manager
Staff of state or national politician
Campaign worker
Public Interest advocate
Lobbyist 
Political Pollster 
Special Interest Group Director

Education
University professor
Community College instructor
High school Social Studies Teacher

Business
Account Executive 
Public Relations Specialist 
Account Service Representative 
Real Estate Agent/Broker 
Management Analyst Researcher 
Association Manager 
Market Research Analyst 
Sales Manager
International Banker 
Business Development Officer 
Buyer 
International Business Specialist 
Underwriter
International Trade Specialist 

Journalism/Media
Radio/TV Announcer/Producer 
Foreign Correspondent
Media Analyst 
Broadcast Journalist 
Newspaper Journalist
Editor
Reporter
News program director
Writer/Author

Nonprofit and Human Services
Nonprofit administrator
Fundraiser
Program planner
Social Worker
Community Relations Director 
Labor Organizer 
Labor Relations Specialist 
Public Opinion Interviewer
Consumer Advocate 
International Organization Administrator

SAMPLE EMPLOYERS:

Government
Law firms
Corporations
Public interest agencies
Legislators
Campaigns
National political parties
Newspapers

Wire services
TV and radio networks
Nonprofit organizations
Foundations
Professional Associations
Universities and colleges
High Schools

JOB WEBSITES:

Government Employment
Federal Job Listings 
FBI 
CIA 
Foreign Service 
State jobs (by state) 
State of California Jobs 
Washington D.C. Internships

Non-Profit Employment
Non-profit jobs cooperative
Idealist 
The Nonprofit Network 
Opportunities NOC’s 
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
SocialService.com

Professional Organizations
American Association of Political Consultants: jobs, scholarships 
American Interest Groups: listing 
American Political Science Association
American Society for Public Administration (includes job listings)
Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management
European Consortium for Political Research
International City/County Management Association
International Political Science Association: summer school 
National Academy of Public Administration: fellowships 
National Association of Attorney Generals
National Association of Counties
National Association of Legal Assistants
National Lawyer Association   
Political Activist Group: listing by subject 
Political Advocacy Groups: listing by subject 
Union for Radical Political Economics

Other Resources:
American National Election Studies
Brookings Institute: think tank, internships, jobs
Center for International Policy: internships, jobs 
Center for Urban Policy and Research
Freedom Works: jobs, internships 
Global Political Parties:  listing 
Human and Civil Rights Organizations of America
Human Rights Organizations and Resources
Joint Religious Legislative Coalition  
National Freedom of Informed Coalition: grants 
Nonprofit Vote
Open Secrets: Center for Responsive Politics 
Political Science Quarterly
Privacy International
Project on Government Oversight
Public Citizen
Rand Corporation: think tank, internships, jobs, fellowships 
United for Human Rights: list global human rights org.
Urban Institute: internships, jobs 
Woodrow Wilson Center: fellowships, grants 

JOB PREPARATION STRATEGIES:

  • Complete an internship in a field that interests you
  • Attain leadership role in campus or community organizations
  • Become involved in campus political organizations and student government
  • Acquire foreign language competency for international work
  • Develop strong analytical, writing verbal and computer skills
  • Participate in the UCDC program, a quarter long internship in Washington DC, or UCCS, an internship program in Sacramento, CA