Tamara Wilhite is a technical writer, industrial engineer, mother of two, and published sci-fi and horror author.
Political science work tends to focus on running a political campaign, issue advocacy and legal work. Given the revelations of the disastrous return on investment for law school, what other political science positions could someone fill?
Fortunately, there are effective uses for political science interns and greater job prospects for political science graduates exist without going to law school or working for a political campaign. Political science graduates can find jobs and pitch themselves for a number of professions outside of the advocacy, legal and political realms.
Employment Opportunities for Political Science Majors
- Ensure that research study participants both read and sign their waivers before progressing to the study. This job is available to those who arrange or supervise research studies through medical research groups and customer research firms. Note that this type of job is a good starting place for law majors, too.
- Moderate forums for compliance with the site’s terms of service. These jobs can be found by contacting the website administrator or moderating on a per-comment basis through crowd-sourcing websites.
- Work for public awareness groups reading legislation as it comes out, providing a short synopsis of each section and its potential impact. These positions are found through crowd-sourcing websites and with legislative action groups.
- Political science majors sometimes find employment reviewing pending legislation to determine how it would affect different constituencies and existing legal frameworks.
- Sit on sample juries used by legal teams to determine what legal presentation is most likely to find their client innocent. These positions are found through survey sites by those who volunteer for in-person sessions.
- Attend public meetings and record the sessions for posting on video sharing websites. This ensures that the public can see what was said and done. This is frequently volunteer work but can be compensated by news organizations seeking eyes in the room.
- Moderate auction sites for legal products and suspicious activity. This is typically unpaid but can be a paid position for large websites.
- Manage the public affairs of a business or non-profit organization. Take over as the publicity or outreach coordinator for a professional organization or non-profit. You'll gain invaluable experience as well as referrals.
- Work with businesses to get their goods through customs. This work is available as a part time or consultation basis.
- Analyze customer complaint data. Provide a breakdown of which customer demographics are satisfied and dissatisfied along with the root causes of the dissatisfaction. These jobs are available through survey firms and consumer research businesses.
- Perform background checks, eligibility to work in the United States and general candidate vetting for Human Resources. Any large company or temp agency hires for employees for this task.
- Work with information assurance teams in information technology to ensure that privacy regulations and the security of data are followed and documented.
- Volunteer as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). CASA volunteers are associated with family courts.
- Create product surveys for use on online survey sites. This can be done for product research firms or on a per-task basis for businesses.
- Attend debates of third party candidates and write neutral reviews for the general public. This type of writing can be done for mainstream newspapers, alternative media sites and community papers.
- Political science graduates can find employment working with issue advocacy groups to create voter guides.
- Search for SEO tags that are related to a company that redirect them to a competitor’s website. Work with search engines to direct flow to the right website or redesign the website design of the correct company to draw in the traffic looking for them.
- Help writers find sites where their content has been copied and assist them in filing Digital Millennium Copyright Act notices.
- Write unique privacy policies and legal disclaimers for websites.
- Create company policies and employee handbooks.
- Work in the supply chain determining the diversity of suppliers and their sources; this information is increasingly important for organizations with government contracts where preferences are given to firms that hire or buy from women-owned, minority owned, veteran owned and otherwise disadvantaged small businesses.
- Work for a non-profit that is fighting voter fraud.
Tamara Wilhite (author) from Fort Worth, Texas on September 18, 2011:
I've added about 150 words of additional information on where these jobs are found, per your request.
freecampingaussie from Southern Spain on September 18, 2011:
Hi, I came across this hub hopping & find it a bit deep, needs a bit more of an explanation on the jobs, how to get them etc , A picture or 2 would help as well.