Political Science

Anibal House, Room 211
630 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-2352

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Internships and Careers

Yes! You can get a job with a political science or public administration degree!

Political science prepares individuals for active citizenship, careers in public affairs, and advanced study in the social sciences and law. Students of political science learn to be observers of political behavior in our own country and around the world. Training in systematic analysis and problem solving equip political science majors for many different types of government and private positions in fields/areas such as legislature, the courts, civil service, citizen groups, banking, business administration, urban planning, and education.

On this page you will find great examples of recent internship opportunities. For the most current internship openings, make sure to check our Facebook page where each opportunity is posted as soon as we receive it.
Political Science/International Relations Internships

Professor David Dulio, Chair
417 Varner Hall 
(248) 370-2532 

Public Administration Internship

Professor Diane Hartmus, Internship Director 
420 Varner Hall 
(248) 370-2375 


Any degree from the Political Science Department will prepare you for a wide range of career opportunities. A strong liberal arts degree like political science, international relations, or public administration and public policy opens many more doors than it closes because of the skill set that students develop.

Because of this, it can be overwhelming when considering all the of the options that exist for graduates in political science. To get a better understanding of the opportunities, career options, and doors that are opened with a degree in political science you can explore resources like:

Examples of careers and fields common in political science and related disciplines that can help identify strategies to market yourself for your ideal job.

OU's First Year Advising Center's information on exploring and investigating majors.

The American Political Science Association's careers link.

In addition, students should talk to their faculty adviser and connect with Career Services with other questions and for advice about career exploration. In addition, we have resources in the department office that can also be of help. Stop by and see us.