Internship Opportunities and Career Paths

A bachelor's degree in Government and Political Affairs can lead to exciting careers in federal, state and local governments, law, business, international organizations, nonprofit associations and organizations, campaign management and polling, journalism, precollegiate education, electoral politics, and research and university and college teaching.

Through this program, students in the Government and Political Affairs Department acquire analytical skills, administrative competence and communication abilities that are valued in a wide spectrum of potential career areas.

“The professors and the classes they offer are very helpful. They don't make it easy. Having that rigorous training and being meticulous and detail oriented gave me an edge in my work environment.”

- Haroon Mushtaq | BA Government/Economics, BS Mathematics '16

Completing an internship is a great way to gain hands-on experience beyond the classroom and explore potential career paths.  Internship credits count toward the major or minor as a political science elective at the 200-level. A maximum of three internship credits may be counted toward the major or minor. Under special circumstances, majors are able to count an additional three credits toward the completion of their major. The department chair must grant permission for these additional three credits, depending upon the content and level of the internship.

To learn more about incorporating an internship with your Government & Political Affairs degree, contact ELCM.

Learn more with ELCM

  • List of Potential Careers
    • Activist, Advocate/Organizer
    • Administration, Corporate, Government, Non-Profit, etc.
    • Archivist, Online Political Data
    • Budget Examiner or Analyst
    • Attorney
    • 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 Governmental Relations
    • Corporate Executive
    • Corporation Legislative Issues Manager
    • Customs Officer
    • Editor, Online Political Journal
    • Entrepreneur
    • 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.
    • Journalist
    • Juvenile Justice Specialist
    • Labor Relations Specialist
    • Legislative Analyst / Coordinator
    • Lobbyist
    • Management Analyst
    • Mediator
    • Plans and Review Officer, USIA
    • Policy Analyst
    • Political Commentator
    • Pollster
    • Public Affairs Research Analyst
    • Public Opinion Analyst
    • Publisher
    • Research Analyst
    • State Legislator
    • Survey Analyst
    • Systems Analyst
    • Teacher
    • University Administrator
    • University Professor
    • Urban Policy Planner
    • Web Content Editor

    Careers and the Study of Political Science: A Guide for Undergraduates, 6th ed. (Washington, D.C.: American Political Science Association, 2003).

  • List of Potential Internships
    • THIS (The Harrisburg Internship Semester)
    • Washington Interns
    • The Legislative Fellowship Program
    • Study Abroad
    • European Union Program
    • British Parliamentary Internship
    • Office of Community and Academic Partnerships