College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Political Science

Careers in Political Science: International Options

The marketability of political science majors in international careers has risen sharply in the last two decades, as public policies increasingly take on global dimensions and the United States expands its economic, political and military dominance. A wide range of positions with international business and banking, international organizations, including the World Bank and other United Nations agencies or the US government are available. Many non-governmental organizations (NGOs), such as CARE, Human Rights Watch and Greenpeace, promote community development and advocacy programs internationally and look for employees who can assist in financing, managing and publicizing their organization. In addition to the analytical skills acquired in political science, employers also emphasize the importance of knowledge of a particular area (e.g. East Asia), foreign language skills, and some training in economics. The department offers a minor in international affairs to help students focus their efforts. Many managerial or senior analyst positions as well as program officers require a Master’s Degree. See the department link to graduate study.

Among possible positions in the international field are:  program officer, private foundation such as the Ford or Rockefeller Foundations; public affairs officer, US Embassy; Peace Corps volunteer; program assistant, Save the Children; development analyst, International Monetary Fund; vice-president for international marketing for a multi-national corporation such as Microsoft; lobbyist for an international association; political risk analyst for an international investment company such as Goldman Sachs.