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, John 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 402 POLSC alumni since the first major graduated in 1977. We were able to determine the current jobs of 316 (79%) of those alumni.
Of those 316 alumni, the most common career paths are:
Note that eight government attorneys are double counted in both the law and government service fields.
To measure any differences between our more recent alumni and those who are older, we looked at alumni who graduated between 2001-2010. 151 Behrend POLSC majors graduated during that period, and we were able to determine current jobs for 120 (79%) of those. Among those 120 alumni, the most common career paths are:
Note that four government attorneys are double counted in both the law and government service fields.
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.
The government attorneys work for:
Some of the corporate counsels work for:
Among the 74 alumni who work as business professionals, 10 work in insurance, 8 work in banking, 7 work in finance, 6 work in marketing, 4 are sales administrators, 3 are human resources executives, and 9 run their own small or medium-sized businesses, with the rest in a variety of business professional careers. Four business professionals do policy or government research:
Other business professionals hold the following positions:
Among the 57 alumni who work in government service:
Among those working for the government are 9 who work as law enforcement officers at the local, state, or federal level. 8 alumni work as government attorneys.
One alumnus is the elected 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:
One alumnus works for an international government agency as:
Those with military careers are serving in the US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, US Coast Guard, and US Marines.
Among the 47 alumni who work in education are:
Positions held by our alumni in education include:
Of the 20 alumni with careers in politics and policy, 8 are currently graduate students in policy fields, while the other 12 work in a variety of jobs that involve politics or policy.
Among the positions of our alumni in politics and policy are:
Our remaining alumni work in a variety of fields, with health care, entertainment, and non-profit administration 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:
Ave Maria School of Law; Boston College; Case Western Reserve University; Catholic University of Washington DC; Cleveland Marshall College of Law; Cornell University; Duquesne University; The George Washington University; Michigan State University; Ohio Northern University; The Ohio State University; Penn State Dickinson School of Law; Syracuse University; Thomas M Cooley Law School; University of Buffalo; University of Maryland; University of Michigan; University of Pittsburgh; Vermont Law School; Widener University; and Willamette University.
Among the graduate schools attended by our alumni since 2000 are:
Cleveland State University; Edinboro University; Fudan University (Shanghai, China); The George Washington University; Georgetown University; Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva, Switzerland); The Johns Hopkins University; Louisiana State University; Mercyhurst University; Oregon State University; Penn State Harrisburg; Pepperdine University; University of Akron; University of Buffalo; University of Connecticut; University of Delaware; University of Leeds, England; University of Pennsylvania; University of Pittsburgh; University of South Carolina; and University of Windsor (Ontario, Canada).