Careers and Internships for Political Science

Political Science Jobs

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.

Student Internships

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:

  • Erie office of Senator Bob Casey

  • Office of State Representative Flo Fabrizio

  • Governor's Northwest Regional Office

  • State Attorney General's Office Bureau of Consumer Protection in Erie

  • Erie County Department of Health

  • Erie City Police

  • Office of Erie Mayor Joseph Sinnott

Career Planning

The Academic and Career Planning Center (ACPC) assists students with career and life planning. You may schedule appointments with the ACPC staff to discuss career interests, skills, values, and goal setting, as well as how to find career information, internships, full-time jobs, and graduate schools. Students are encouraged to utilize the services of the ACPC.