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The Government & Politics major combines philosophical and scientific concerns in its overall program as well as in specific courses. It emphasizes broad areas such as political development, policy analysis, social justice, political economy, conflict, and human rights. Using information from the University of Maryland graduation survey, we have compiled details about GVPT majors, such as their post-graduation adventures. 

Use this information as a place to start exploring your career interests. Review additional resources below and on the Feller Center's website. 

Start Exploring Career Titles

Use the sample job and internship titles (mentioned above) to start exploring career paths. The links below provide a short overview of the positions.

Resources: Career Planning 

Explore career path options with these resources:

Federal:

Policy:

International: 

Capitol Hill shuttle students in court at Rayburn building

Career Shuttle: Capitol Hill, A UMD alum who was a Professional Staff Member on the Subcommittee on Environment invited a group of students to visit Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C.

Skills Developed: GVPT Major

Skills lead to jobs. Which skills do you possess?

  • Assess your skills, abilities, interests, and values and explore how they relate to career options.
  • Skills inventory - get started identifying your unique assets.

Sample list of skills developed in class by Government & Politics majors.

  • Accumulating and interpreting information
  • Analytical skills
  • Contending analytical and theoretical approaches
  • Oral and written communication
  • Presentation
  • Proactive and display initiative
  • Quantitative methods
  • Research
  • Understanding of basic political science concepts
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Gain Experience

Internships are a great way to try out an interest, regardless if they are directly related to your major. Employers tend to favor job seekers who have had an internship in the field they are hiring for.

Sample internship sites/title

  • Counterterrorism Research Intern, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism
  • Data Entry Intern, Maryland State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy
  • Drug Enforcement Task Force Intern, U.S. Attorney's Office
  • Drug Task Force Intern, Georgia Bureau of Investigation
  • Homicide Unit Intern, Philadelphia District Attorney's Office
  • Intern and Clerk, Chester County Office of the District Attorney
  • Intern Investigator, Public Defender Service
  • Intern, DC Pretrial Services
  • Intern, Greenbelt Police Department
  • Intern, International Community Corrections Association
  • Intern, Office of the Attorney General
  • Law Enforcement Apprentice Program, Montgomery County Police Department
  • Legal Advising Intern, Staines Magistrates' Court
  • Legislative Intern, Maryland General Assembly
  • Manhattan Special Victims Squad Intern, New York City Police Department (Manhattan Special Victims Squad)
  • Office Assistant/Firearms Examiner Assistant, Montgomery County Police Department
  • Research Intern, Justice Policy Institute (Research)
  • Student Analyst, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Student Intern, State Attorney's Office of Montgomery County

Sample list of opportunities

Featured Options

​​​​​​​UMD Internship Programs

Sites UMD students have interned at recently:

  • Activist Non-Profits of every stripe, e.g.
  • AIPAC
  • Brady Commission
  • Capital Area Immigrant Rights Coalition
  • Congressional Hispanic Caucus
  • Department of Justice
  • Human Rights Watch
  • Kids in Need of Defense
  • Consider approaching lobbying Firms
  • Maryland General Assembly (usually comes with a stipend)
  • Pacific Legal Foundation
  • US Congress

Tip: Reach out to small law firms. They are more willing to hire undergraduates as interns, although these internships often go to undergraduates with an existing connection to the firm, so networking is crucial.

Political internships are no longer just for political science majors; the experience would benefit students within all majors.  It is an excellent networking opportunity as well as hard evidence on a resume that the student can work in a fast paced environment.  Students also build communication, written, and interpersonal skills.

Guide to Political Jobs and Internships

Sample Internship Opportunities

  • White House InternshipsApproximately 100 interns are chosen each spring, summer, and fall to participate in this program. The assignments given to an intern on any given day could include: conducting research, managing incoming inquiries, attending meetings, writing memos, and staffing events.
  • Senate Personal office: Representative’s offices usually have 8-10 employees. Interns work on a variety of projects, usually feels more intimate or cramped. Reach out by state.
  • Senate Committees: Most of the legislative action occurs in committees. Review the committees and express interest to the respective Senators.
  • Leadership office: Republicans and Democrats of the House and Senate elect leaders to set agendas, organize parties, etc. that receives a separate staff. Very competitive to obtain an internship, because there is only a hand full of offices like this and the leaders are high profile.

You can also sign up for biweekly email alerts of available internships in the House of Representatives.

 

Review a sample of the universities and programs GVPT undergraduates were accepted to below. Around 50% of GVPT majors who pursue additional education after graduating apply for a JD program.

Law Programs:

  • Cornell University
  • George Washington University
  • Georgetown University
  • Temple University
  • University of Baltimore
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore
  • University of New Hampshire
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Richmond
  • University of Virginia

Select Other Programs:

  • George Washington University, Medicine and Political Science
  • Georgetown University, Public Relations/Corporate Communications
  • Johns Hopkins University, Government and Politics
  • Ohio State University, Political Science
  • University of Baltimore, Public Policy
  • University of Exeter, Business and Management
  • University of Maryland, College Park
    •    Public Policy
    •    Education
    •    Applied Economics
    •    Arabic Studies
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Political Science
  • Yale University, Epidemiology

Graduate School Resources: Researching programs:

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TAYLOR HENDERSON ‘18 (GVPT with minors in Global Terrorism and Cybersecurity). Internship: Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Program Support Trainee

Build Connections

After researching career paths, consider talking with people working in your field of interest to gain inside information. The links below provide sample events where you may be able to meet professionals in your field of interest. Use these opportunities to learn more about your field of interest, establish new networking contacts, and informational interviews.

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