5 Political Jobs for University Students

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No matter the state of the economy, one career field is always certain to be productive and looking for new employees: politics. Government workers and functions are thought to be a major employer of young persons in the near future given the need to care for an increasingly aging electorate and the relative abundance of job security and benefits that government jobs provide compared to the private sector. Getting off the ground, however, can be a bit harder.

Any university student should start by thinking critically about their job prospects. Setting a reasonable and easily achievable goal, such as working for an election, will give a better chance for success than a goal of winning a senator’s seat within the next decade. Start small, volunteering with a political party for low or no pay in order to put in your time in the trenches and beef up your resume. While in college, ask professors in the political science, sociology, and media departments for referrals. Five political jobs that any student can realistically expect to gain include the following.


This may seem to be contradictory, since reporters and politicians tend to butt heads all the time, yet an outsider’s look into the mechanisms of the political landscape can be just as valuable as working in the inside. Spend time creating high-quality content, including opinion articles that straddle all sides of the political spectrum. Use your writing and publishing experience to get articles in scholarly journals that shake up conventional understanding. If you cannot find a newspaper or radio station, worry not — start a blog with a unique take on politics. Study the blogosphere to understand trends and holes in analysis.

Field Worker

Any politician needs his or her staff to be their ears and eyes in the real world. Field workers can come on as volunteers or as full-time workers depending on the election cycle. While knocking on doors and handing out pamphlets can be thankless work, those who communicate well and provide quality insight to their superiors will be noticed for promotion.

Government Attorney

Many politicians are former lawyers and gain their understanding of the law from courtrooms and appeals. While corporate law is a zero-growth field, every city in America is hiring public defenders and district attorneys. Use this experience to springboard into politics if your end game is to become a politician yourself. Be sure to develop professional relationships with civic groups and city workers in order to gain the support you will need for your future campaigns.


Whether you would rather study markets, people, history, or statistics, analysts are always in demand. You can be employed directly by the government or build up your resume working at a think tank, a union, a non-governmental organization (NGO), a non-profit, or an educational institution. Your job may not be political in the strictest sense of the word, but those who have the experience and references are able to make a transition into the world of politics as a worker in the government or within party politics.

Military Service

This may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but joining the armed forces opens many doors for government employment that civilians will have a difficult time getting through. Enrolling in a branch of the military, furthermore, pays for your college and gives you the chance for permanent employment as an officer. Military veterans often get preferential treatment by employees, government as well as in the private sphere, because of their track record of discipline and motivation. Working in federal intelligence or national police services is also easier as a veteran.

Author Bio
Joshua Turner writes and blogs in the field of business. This article aims to offer career opportunities for university students in relation to politics and to promote continued study with a Masters of Public Administration Online.

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