Recent graduates of Penn State Behrend’s Political Science program are employed at the following: Toyota Motors, Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania General Assembly, Central Intelligence Agency, Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Peace Corps, U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Navy JAG Corps, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. State Department, and NASA. Many graduates have obtained positions in private law firms and public high schools.
Graduates have also continued their education at a number of graduate and law schools such as Cornell University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Michigan, University of Maryland, The George Washington University, The University of Pennsylvania, The Ohio State University, and Case Western Reserve University.
Please read Internship Programs and Policies for information on how to find internships and how to obtain academic credit.
Political or government internships are recommended for all political science majors. Penn State Behrend students have a wide variety of internship opportunities due to the large number of political and government offices located in Erie. Internships can be obtained for academic credit or just for the experience - students are responsible for contacting political or government offices to set up the internships.
Recent political science students have interned in the following offices:
Penn State Behrend has a comprehensive support system to help you identify and achieve your goals for the classroom and beyond. Meet with your academic adviser often and take advantage of the services offered by the Academic and Career Planning Center beginning in your first semester.
A Wall Street Journal survey of 479 corporate recruiting executives across thirty industries ranked Penn State the number-one overall institution in the nation for producing the best prepared, most well-rounded new hires.
Shannon Lawlor, Ashley Solo, Sarah Veslany, Sarah Hall, and Nicole Malinowski (l-r) meet Tom Ridge, former Congressman from Erie, former Pennsylvania Governor, and former US Secretary of Homeland Security, at the Erie County Bar Association Law Day event on April 24.
There are 439 POLSC alumni since the first major graduated in 1977.
We were able to determine the current jobs of 347 (79%) of those alumni.
Of those 347 alumni, the most common career paths are:
Note that 12 government attorneys are double counted in both the law and government service fields, and that 3 policy researchers who work for government agencies are also double counted.
Among the 73 alumni who work in the legal field are:
Some of the attorneys are partners in large law firms, some of our alumni have opened up their own law firms, some work for the government, and some work as corporate counsels or for non-profit agencies.
The government attorneys work for:
Some of the corporate and non-profit counsels work for:
Among the 89 alumni who work as business professionals, 16 work in management, 10 work in insurance, 9 work in sales administration, 8 work in banking, 8 work in finance, 4 work in marketing, 3 are human resources executives, 3 are MBA students, and 11 run their own small or medium-sized businesses, with the rest in a variety of business professional careers.
Some of the business professionals hold the following positions:
Among the 72 alumni who work in government service:
Among those working for the government are 7 who work as law enforcement officers at the local, state, or federal level. 12 alumni work as government attorneys.
Two alumni hold elected office - a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate and the District Attorney for Potter County, Pennsylvania.
Federal government positions of alumni (excluding attorneys) include:
State government positions of alumni (excluding attorneys) include:
Local government positions of alumni (excluding attorneys) include:
Those with military careers are serving in the US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, US Coast Guard, and US Marines.
Among the 53 alumni who work in education are:
Positions held by our alumni in education include:
Of the 19 alumni with careers in public policy, 3 are currently graduate students in policy, 3 work for government agencies, while the other 13 work in the private sector.
Among the positions of our alumni in public policy are:
6 alumni currently work as political activists.
Among their positions are:
Our remaining alumni work in a variety of fields, with health care, non-profit professionals, and entertainment among the most numerous careers. Jobs held by some of our alumni in these other fields include:
Among the law schools attended by our alumni since 2000 are:
Cornell University, Syracuse University, New York University, Duquesne University, University of Pittsburgh, The George Washington University, University of Maryland, University of Illinois, Case Western Reserve University, Michigan State University, The Ohio State University, Vermont Law School, University of Michigan, Thomas M Cooley Law School, Ave Maria School of Law, Widener University, Cleveland Marshall College of Law, Penn State Dickinson School of Law, University of Buffalo, Willamette University, Ohio Northern University, Catholic University of Washington DC, Boston College
Among the graduate schools attended by our alumni since 2000 are:
University of Pennsylvania, Cambridge University (England), The Johns Hopkins University, University of Virginia, University of Buffalo, The George Washington University, Georgetown University, Louisiana State University, Fudan University (Shanghai, China), University of Windsor (Ontario, Canada), Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva, Switzerland), University of Delaware, Cleveland State University, University of Akron, Mercyhurst University, Penn State Harrisburg, University of South Carolina, Edinboro University, University of Illinois at Chicago, Oregon State University, University of Connecticut, University of Pittsburgh, Pepperdine University, University of Leeds (England)