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Political Science

UMBC Department of Political Science

What Can I Do With My Major?

View the UMBC major sheet for Political Science.

Learn more about career options in your field by clicking below to learn about different focus areas, typical employers, and strategies to get started. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page for links to Professional Associations, industry job search tools, and resources for additional insight.

Political Science & Government
Public Administration
American Studies 

Additional Research Tools

Explore typical job titles for your major and use them for further career research on Vault and O*Net. Visit the website for related professional associations for industry information and professional development. Browsing through job postings while you are still making a career decision can provide insight into the industry and taking note of the required qualifications lets you know what skills and experiences to seek out during your time at UMBC.


Department Liaison for Internships & Employment: Jeremiah Sawyer

Gaining real-world experience through internships, research, or a co-op experience is one of the best ways to make yourself a competitive candidate for full-time jobs and graduate school after graduation. Learn more about how to get started, finding opportunities, and the application process on our website.

The Internship Success Practicum is a free, zero-credit, pass/fail course for students participating in an applied learning experience. You will receive professional development to help you excel at your site as well as a transcript notation and possible academic credit.

Sample Internship/Research/Co-op Sites for Political Science:

  • DC Law Group
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Maryland General Assembly
  • National Oceanic & Atmospheric Association (NOAA)
  • Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia

The Office of Undergraduate Research can help you find opportunities to conduct research in your industry, both on campus and at local organizations.

Learn from Alumni

Join Retrievers Connect, an online networking platform just for the UMBC community, to search for alumni by major, industry, location, and more. Get advice and insight from those who have been in your shoes. Participate in groups and discussions to gain insight into industry trends. Learn about job and internship options.

You can also explore profiles of UMBC students and alumni on LinkedIn.

On-Campus Organizations

  • Debate 
  • Ethics Bowl
  • Mock Trial
  • Model UN
  • Moot Court
  • Student Government Association

Service Learning and Volunteering

The Shriver Center provides opportunities to address social challenges through applied learning. These applied learning experiences can boost your resume and help you build marketable skills. These introductory opportunities are great for freshman and sophomores and can help confirm career choice.

Additional Employers and Jobs by Major

Employers in Maryland by Industry/Major (BuzzFile)

Employers in the United States by Industry/Major (BuzzFile)

What Jobs Can You Get With Your Degree? (TalentDesk)


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