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Below you will find resources to help you find non-academic positions related to political science. 

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Helpful Articles

 

Under-Explored Opportunities: Insights into Applied (vs. Academic) Career Options in American Politics”* by Amy E. Jasperson, in PS: Political Science & Politics, Oct. 2006.
 

Job Listings

 
General

Public Service Careers
www.publicservicecareers.org/ 

Careers with Non-Profits
www.idealist.org 

National Conference of Black Political Scientists Career Link
www.ncobps.org

Federal Government

USA Jobs
http://www.usajobs.gov/
The U.S. Government's official site for jobs and employment information, maintained by the Office of Personnel Management. Many positions requiring a social science background can be found through this site.

Student Jobs
http://www.opm.gov/employ/students/intro.asp
The U.S. Government's official site for employment geared towards students and recent graduates. The site is maintained by the Office of Personnel Management and allows students to find and apply for internships, entry level positions and other opportunities with the federal government.

The Politix Group Job Byulletin | Monster.com
This site provides links to job listings in U.S. federal agencies, U.S. Congressional offices, and international legislatures. The Politix Group is an independently run private organization whose purpose is to increase knowledge and understanding of the political process with the purpose of inspiring early involvement and activism at the local, state and federal levels of government.

State Government

National Council of State Legislatures

National Governor's Association
www.nga.org

Public Administration

Careers in Public Service–National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration
www.naspaa.org/students/careers/careers.asp 
Advice on seeking a career in public service, first-person accounts, links to resources to find public service jobs.

National League of Cities

Political Research

American Association for Public Opinion Research
www.aapor.org 
AAPOR/WAPOR (World Association) Blue Book is a comprehensive directory of agencies and organizations

Congressional Research Service
www.loc.gov/crsinfo/

Business/Management/Non-Profit

World Bank
http://web.worldbank.org

Fundraising

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
http://philanthropy.com/jobs/

Journalism

AJR NewsLink
http://newslink.org/
JOBLINK for Journalists

International Affairs

In addition to paid positions, all of the following offices provide internships.

U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee
www.foreign.senate.gov
The Committee studies and reviews, on a comprehensive basis, matters relating to the national security policy, foreign policy, and international economic policy as it relates to the United States.

U.S.House International Relations Committee
foreignaffairs.house.gov
The Committee studies and reviews, on a comprehensive basis, matters relating to the national security policy, foreign policy, and international economic policy as it relates to the United States.

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission)
www.csce.gov/
The Commission is authorized and directed: "to monitor the acts of the signatories which reflect compliance with or violation of the articles of the Finacl Act of Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, with particular regard to the provisions relating to Human Rights and Cooperation in Humanitarian Fields...," and "to report to the House of Representatives and the Senate with respect to the matters covered by this Act on a periodic basis and to provide information to members of the House and Senate as requested." This is a bipartisan office.

Foreign Affairs Positions (Executive Branch)

In addition to paid positions, all of the following offices provide internships.

U.S. Department of State
www.careers.state.gov/
Information on becoming a Foreign Service Officer, Foreign Service Specialist, or Civil Service employee for the U.S. Department of State.

U.S. Department of Defense
http://dod.usajobs.gov/

Central Intelligence Agency
https://www.cia.gov/careers/index.html

Foreign Embassies in America

Many foreign embassies in Washington and their consulates in major U.S. cities seek American citizens to fill vacancies.  The United States Department of State provides links to most of these embassies websites at www.usembassy.gov/.

 

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