Helpful tips to prepare for graduate study in Political Science:



Think of the following industries

  • Nonprofits
  • Local Government (Town Selectman, Mayor, etc)
  • Fundraising for candidates
  • Campaign Managing
  • Law Enforcement
  • Local Court systems
  • Program Administration
  • Law firms
  • Private Practice
  • Corporations
  • Political Action Committees (PACs)
  • Lobbying Organizations
  • Advocacy Organizations
  • Polling and Consulting Firms
  • Political News Sites/Stations/Magazines/News Papers
  • Historical Sites/Societies
  • Labor Unions
  • Earn a Ph.D or a law degree in order to increase opportunities
  • Volunteer for political campaigns in order to gain experience.
  • Help out at nonprofits to gain experience.
  • Blog, write and engage in social media to show you political beliefs however, be careful with what you post.

  • List any campaigns you have worked/interned/volunteered for.
  • List any leadership positions (executive board titles, etc)

  • Give me an example of how you’ve worked with people who did not share your philosophy or values.
  • Why are you interested in this government agency?
  • Why do you wish to make a career in the government?
  • What are your feelings about government employees generally and the effectiveness of bureaucracy?
  • What training or experience have you had in negotiations or mediation?
  • Tell me about a time when your ethics were challenged. How did you handle the situation?
  • Campaign Related:
  • Have you ever run a campaign before? If so, tell me about that experience.
  • Have you ever directly worked with a candidate before? Tell me about your experience.
  • Have you ever written a campaign plan, including budget, political, press? Describe an example.
  • What are the three keys to a successful campaign?
  • What are the first 3 things you would do to get started when you got on the ground? What do your priorities the first week and the first month look like?
  • Tell me about the district and what we will need to do in order to be successful.
  • What do you see about my strengths? How will you amplify them?
  • How much do you think this campaign will cost? How should the budget be allocated? How will you go about raising money?
  • Give me an example of a time you inherited a budget that wasn’t balanced. What did you do?

Career Resources for Political Science Majors:

Political Science Degree Types:

Political Science MA

Master’s in Public Administration

Juris Doctor (JD)

Master of Laws (LL.M.)

Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.)

Career Paths:

Master’s Degree:

  • Policy Maker
  • Political Lobbyist
  • Campaign Manager
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Legislative Staffer
  • Public Administrator
  • Political Scientist
  • Lawyer (JD)


  • Professor
  • Political Science Researcher

Political Scientists

Median Salary:$104,920

Outlook: -2%

Campaign Fundraisers

Median Salary:$52,430

Outlook: +9% (average)


Median Salary:$114,970

Outlook: +6% (average)

Police and Detectives

Median Salary:$58,630

Outlook+4% (slower than average)

Reporters, Correspondents and Broadcast News Analysts

Median Salary:$37,200


Social and Community Service Managers

Median Salary:$62,740

Outlook:+10% (faster than average)

Public Relations Specialists

Median Salary:$55,680

Outlook+6% (average)

Paralegals and Legal Assistants (Legislative Aides)

Median Salary:$48,350

Outlook+8% (average)


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