three students standing with Clint Watts

Graduating with a degree in Political Science means that you not only understand how politics and government work at the local, national, and international levels, but that you possess skills in areas such as research, analysis, problem solving, and written and spoken communication. These abilities prepare you for a career or graduate study in a wide range of fields.

Employers want to hire candidates who understand complex ideas, who can see the big picture and make good decisions, and who can be trusted to complete projects, and these are the capabilities that are emphasized inside and outside of the classroom in the political science and public policy program. You might be researching global development policy or the role of the media in state elections, but the skills you are building are what employers want you to bring to their companies.

Your development in the political science and public policy program at MCLA prepares you to work in many areas. Government agencies, consulting firms, and banks are just a few examples. A career in law is also a path chosen by many majors, after completing law school. You can find more about our Pre-Law program here.

Our senior course, Career Readiness Workshop, supports seniors as they consider potential career fields and then craft resumes and cover letters so that as they graduate they have strong application materials and understand strategies for successfully finding employment.

For much more on the diverse careers open to Political Science majors, look through this web page from the American Political Science Association.

Here are examples of positions held by recent graduates of the MCLA Political Science program:

  • Assistant to the Deputy Director, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Advocacy Application Counselor, Berkshire Medical Center
  • Commercial Loan Processor, Adams Community Bank
  • Community Relations Coordinator, City of Boston, MA
  • Community Relations Coordinator, City of Providence, RI
  • Customer Service Representative, Swagelok Marketing Consultants
  • Field Organizer, Florida Democratic Party
  • Junior Associate, Arc Aspicio Management Consultancy
  • Outreach Coordinator, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
  • Management Analyst, U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Principal Search Consultant, EnDevor Scientific
  • Producer, WCNY
  • Program Associate, Massachusetts Health Policy Commission
  • Services Assistant, New York State Office of General Services
  • Staff Accountant, Berkshire Bank

How Political Science Can Help You in the Health Care Industry

As director of admissions, marketing, and patient accounts for North Adams Commons, the skilled nursing and rehabilitation center on Franklin Street, Russo, a member of MCLA’s Class of 2012, is responsible for quite a lot. She plans and executes marketing campaigns, enrolls new residents, works on community outreach projects, and more—and her MCLA political science and public policy major is still helping guide her in that work.

Jessica Russo
I think I learned a lot of really great, fundamental things around problem solving, communication, politics, and health care policy.
Jessica Russo '12
Political Science major