Careers in Political Science


Career Possibilities

The conversation usually goes something like this…

“What are you going to study?"

"What are you going to do with that major?”

We know that the outcome is king of any college commitment, so we help you build versatile skills that will make you marketable, hirable and secure. We’ll help you discover your passion. So you can let your curiosity move you.

At UNL’s Department of Political Science, you’ll gain a valuable knowledge about government in politics in the United States, and abroad. And you’ll learn how to analyze and reason critically, gather and interpret data, write and communicate clearly and concisely — those are skills that position you well for just about any career you choose.

Our graduates develop core skills such as data gathering, data interpretation, and writing, which help them go on to build careers in business, government, nonprofits, journalism, and the military. Many also choose to continue their education in graduate or law school.

Political Science graduates find great success by getting involved with Model UN, gaining a deeper understanding of laws, rules and regulations, and learning how to navigate complex issues.

You should plan your educational experiences to maximize the your career opportunities. Think of the educational process in terms of its potential for increasing available job options.

  • Mathematics, statistics, and computer skills increase a student's value as a prospective employee. Graduates are being hired for careers that center upon the analysis of social, political, and economic data. Take courses in statistics and methods of data analysis.
  • The ability to write and speak concisely and clearly will always be highly valued.
  • An internship with government, in journalism, with a private or public interest group or a law firm gives a student both practical experience and an opportunity to explore a prospective career.

Recommendations From Graduates

  • Participate in an internship
  • A second major to make you more marketable
  • Courses providing analytical and research skills
  • Courses emphasizing writing skills
  • Develop critical and analytical thinking

Thinking about Graduate School?

There are many options when it comes to pursuing a graduate degree. Check out UNL's Political Science Graduate program here.

Information from the American Political Science Association

The APSA has great online resources for political science majors entering the job market. If you visit their website here, you can find career resources, internship resources, publications about careers in political science, and a long list of common careers political scientists go into from activists and organizers to federal government analysts, journalists to lobbyists, and even pollsters. Pamphlets with more information are available outside Room 514 in Oldfather Hall.