Political Science: Internships / Careers


Why Should I Take An Internship?

  • Get the work experience in a potential area of employment
  • Gain a competitive advantage on the job market
  • Meet prospective employers
  • Learn from successful professionals
  • Apply what you’ve studied in the classroom in real working environments
  • Earn college credit while preparing for your career

What are the Internship Opportunities

Internships and Co-ops are available in all disciplines of study and our staff provide assistance with the preparation and pursuit involved in securing a meaningful experience. The following is a sampling of the political science related internships available.


Recent Dowling Internships
These are some of our most recent internships:

Nicholas Cipollo, Philip Mondello, Alison King, Ross Slotnick – various state and national political campaigns

John Saunders – Writing articles for the Fox News website

Steve Valenti – interning for a legal firm where he is preparing court briefs for practicing attorneys


Students majoring in Political Science will develop skills that are highly sought after by all employers, public and private.    Although Political Science is a great major for law school or a career in politics, your education prepares you for almost any field where analysis, critical thinking, problem solving research, oral and written communication, and leadership are necessary.  In fact, political science students typically end up in the following areas, to name just a few*:

Activist, Advocate/Organizer
Administration, Corporate, Government, Non-Profit, etc.
Archivist, Online Political Data
Budget Examiner or Analyst
Banking Analyst or Executive
Campaign Operative
Career Counselor
CIA Analyst or Agent
City Planner
City Housing Administrator
Congressional Office/Committee Staffer
Coordinator of Federal or State Aid
Communications Director
Corporate Analyst
Corporate Public Affairs Advisor
Corporate Economist
Corporate Manager
Corporate Information Analyst
Corporate Adviser for Govt’l. Relations
Corporate Executive
Corporation Legislative Issues Manager
Editor, Online Political Journal
Federal Government Analyst
Financial Consultant
Foreign Service Officer
Foundation President
Free-lance writer
High School Government Teacher
Immigration Officer
Information Manager
Intelligence Officer
International Agency Officer
International Research Specialist
Issues Analyst, Corporate Social Policy Div.
Juvenile Justice Specialist
Labor Relations Specialist
Legislative Analyst / Coordinator
Management Analyst
Plans and Review Officer, USIA
Policy Analyst
Political Commentator
Public Affairs Research Analyst
Public Opinion Analyst
Research Analyst
State Legislator
Survey Analyst
Systems Analyst
University Administrator
University Professor
Urban Policy Planner
Web Content Editor

The 2012 median pay for a political scientist with a master’s degree is $102,000 per year, with job growth projected at 21%, well ahead of the national average.

* http://www.apsanet.org/CAREERS/Careers-In-Political-Science