Careers in Political Science


What can you do with a
Political Science degree?


Listed here are links to resources that might be helpful in your thinking and planning for after graduation.  

The best place to go for general career information is the WPU Career Development Center (Student Center 301), which provides career counseling, career coaching, job, internship, and graduate school preparation as well as employment and mentoring connections. On their website you can access the career toolbox, including tips on resumes, cover letters, interviews, career plans, etc.

The American Political Science Association (APSA) provides various resources regarding careers in political science. 

 The American Society for Public Administration maintains a valuable website on public service careers. For information on non-profit jobs, check out the Idealist website. Another resource for non-profit jobs is

For information on graduate study in Political Science, see the materials on the American Political Science Association Graduate Student Connection webpage.

You might also check out the website of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.

 The Law School Admission Council Online is the official law school admission organization. Of course you should be in touch with the William Paterson Pre-Law Program, which offers advisement, workshops, and resources. For those connecting to the web from a William Paterson computer, Lexis Nexis has a Legal Research Page that includes Career Information, Law School Directories and other resources.

 If you like to look into the job prospects for different occupations, you can check out the online searchable "Occupational Outlook Handbook" published each year by the U.S. Department of Labor.

 Enhancing Your Employability

  • Enroll in an internship. (See here for details.)
  • Connect with WPU alumni who are working in a career you wish to pursue. (You can get some contacts from faculty.)


Daniela Silvestre Jorge Ayoub, WPU ’11, PhD candidate, Human Rights in Contemporary Societies, Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal.

Daniella Jorge


Andres Puerta, WPU '01, research analyst, International Union of Operating Engineers, educator in CUNY Labor Studies programPuerta

Donna (Yang) Leonard, WPU '11, major gifts director at International Women's Health CoalitionDonna Yang


Some of our graduates...

Thom Brooks, WPU '97, Professor of Law and Government and Dean of the Law School at Durham University in the UK


Karen Ellis Rhone, WPU '07, Ph.D. in Political Science, Univ. of Chicago, 2020

Karen Ellis

Maria Hoppas, WPU '05, Licensed Clinical Social Worker,

Maria Hoppas

Jason Nunnermacker, WPU '00, attorney with the law firm of Arturi, D'Argenio, Guaglardi & Meliti


William Roberts Clark, WPU '88, ACharles Puryear Professor of Liberal Arts and head of the Dept. of Political Science, Texas A&M


Mark Fonseca Rendeiro, WPU '01, journalist and audio producer, teaching forensic documentation and digital security for NGOs and other at risk groupsMark Rendeiro