ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Jobs for Political Science Majors and Poly Sci Grads

Updated on January 8, 2018
tamarawilhite profile image

Tamara Wilhite is a technical writer, industrial engineer, mother of 2, and a published sci-fi and horror author.


Political science work tends to focus on running a political campaign, issue advocacy and legal work. Given the revelations of the disastrous return on investment for law school, what other political science positions could someone fill?

Fortunately, there are effective uses for political science interns and greater job prospects for political science graduates exist without going to law school or working for a political campaign. Political science graduates can find jobs and pitch themselves for a number of professions outside of the advocacy, legal and political realms.

Given the popularity of political science as a degree, the hard part after graduation is standing out from the crowd and finding a job.
Given the popularity of political science as a degree, the hard part after graduation is standing out from the crowd and finding a job. | Source

Employment Opportunities for Political Science Majors

  • Ensure that research study participants both read and sign their waivers before progressing to the study. This job is available to those who arrange or supervise research studies through medical research groups and customer research firms. Note that this type of job is a good starting place for law majors, too.
  • Moderate forums for compliance with the site’s terms of service. These jobs can be found by contacting the website administrator or moderating on a per-comment basis through crowd-sourcing websites.
  • Work for public awareness groups reading legislation as it comes out, providing a short synopsis of each section and its potential impact. These positions are found through crowd-sourcing websites and with legislative action groups.
  • Political science majors sometimes find employment reviewing pending legislation to determine how it would affect different constituencies and existing legal frameworks.
  • Sit on sample juries used by legal teams to determine what legal presentation is most likely to find their client innocent. These positions are found through survey sites by those who volunteer for in-person sessions.
  • Attend public meetings and record the sessions for posting on video sharing websites. This ensures that the public can see what was said and done. This is frequently volunteer work but can be compensated by news organizations seeking eyes in the room.
  • Moderate auction sites for legal products and suspicious activity. This is typically unpaid but can be a paid position for large websites.
  • Manage the public affairs of a business or non-profit organization. Take over as the publicity or outreach coordinator for a professional organization or non-profit. You'll gain invaluable experience as well as referrals.
  • Work with businesses to get their goods through customs. This work is available as a part time or consultation basis.
  • Analyze customer complaint data. Provide a breakdown of which customer demographics are satisfied and dissatisfied along with the root causes of the dissatisfaction. These jobs are available through survey firms and consumer research businesses.
  • Perform background checks, eligibility to work in the United States and general candidate vetting for Human Resources. Any large company or temp agency hires for employees for this task.
  • Work with information assurance teams in information technology to ensure that privacy regulations and the security of data are followed and documented.
  • Volunteer as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). CASA volunteers are associated with family courts.
  • Create product surveys for use on online survey sites. This can be done for product research firms or on a per-task basis for businesses.
  • Attend debates of third party candidates and write neutral reviews for the general public. This type of writing can be done for mainstream newspapers, alternative media sites and community papers.
  • Political science graduates can find employment working with issue advocacy groups to create voter guides.
  • Search for SEO tags that are related to a company that redirect them to a competitor’s website. Work with search engines to direct flow to the right website or redesign the website design of the correct company to draw in the traffic looking for them.
  • Help writers find sites where their content has been copied and assist them in filing Digital Millennium Copyright Act notices.
  • Write unique privacy policies and legal disclaimers for websites.
  • Create company policies and employee handbooks.
  • Work in the supply chain determining the diversity of suppliers and their sources; this information is increasingly important for organizations with government contracts where preferences are given to firms that hire or buy from women-owned, minority owned, veteran owned and otherwise disadvantaged small businesses.
  • Work for a non-profit that is fighting voter fraud.


Submit a Comment

  • tamarawilhite profile image

    Tamara Wilhite 6 years ago from Fort Worth, Texas

    I've added about 150 words of additional information on where these jobs are found, per your request.

  • freecampingaussie profile image

    freecampingaussie 6 years ago from Southern Spain

    Hi, I came across this hub hopping & find it a bit deep, needs a bit more of an explanation on the jobs, how to get them etc , A picture or 2 would help as well.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: ""

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)