Careers

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"Thank you! I owe it all to the University of Scranton. My internship with Senator Casey, which one of my professors helped me get, sparked my interest in government and the classes I took cemented  my passion for politics. My education at Scranton - centered on critical thinking, rigorous coursework, and rich classroom discussion - prepared me better than anything for my career. I am so grateful for the four years I spent at Scranton and for all of the professors who invested themselves in me."

Bill Colona (Class of 2008)

Director, Government and Community Relations at Pace University

Where will Political Science take me?

A degree in political science will open doors for you to pursue graduate studies or to begin your career in such fields as government, sales & marketing, strategic communications, foreign service, military intelligence, journalism, legal profession, higher education, public relations, human resources, public administration, business, public policy, and non-profit administration.

Whether you want to be an attorney, F.B.I agent, State Department official, journalist, marketing professional, professor or something else entirely – a degree in political science will prepare you to take the lead in any path you choose. Read more about what you can do with a political science degree in Best Careers for Political Science Majors. For more information on careers go to The Gerard R. Roche Center for Career Development or speak with your advisor.

Here are some of the positions our recent alumni secured within one year of graduation: 

Class of 2016
Job Title Employer Location
Financial Analyst Lenox Hill Hospital New York, NY
Assistant Administrator Saber Healthcare Group Scranton, PA
Centennial Intern Paterson Great Falls National Historic Park Paterson, NJ
Background Actor Central Casting New York, NY
Class of 2015
Job Title Employer Location
Insurance Agent AXA Advisors New York, NY
Project Manager JP Morgan
Graduate Teaching Assistant UNC Wilmington Wilmington, NC
Dealer Consultant Diamond Warranty Corp. VA
Manager Pocono Hardware LLC Mount Pocono, PA
Editorial Intern Foreign Policy Association New York, NY
Law Firm New York, NY
BARBRI, Inc. New York, NY
Class of 2014
Caseworker and Field Representative U.S. House of Representatives Apalachin, NY
Assistant General Manager Noe Pond Club Madison, NJ
Financial Advisor AXA Financial New York, NY
Middle School Teacher Department of Education New York, NY
Clean Water Action Montclair, NJ
Class of 2013
Second Lieutenant U.S. Army
Internal Sales Consultant Pacer Financial Paoli, PA
Fulbright Fellow English Teaching Fulbright Spain
Legal Assistant Phelan Hallinan Harrisburg, PA
Legal Assistant Tom Woods Law Islamorada, FL
File Clerk Margolis Edelstein Scranton, PA

Over the last few years, our alumni have secured positions at all different levels across a wide range of industries. Some of these positions include:

Government

  • Communications director for U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.
  • District representative at the U.S. House of Representatives for Rita Lowey [NY-17]
  • Operations Director at the U.S. House of Representatives for Tom Reed [NY-23]
  • Press and Communications Assistant at the U.S. House of Representatives   
  • Program Manager for the United States Navy
  • Branch Chief of the National Archives Textual Reference Operations
  • Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation

The Legal Profession

  • Partner at McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP
  • Assistant public defender in Scranton
  • Supervising Attorney at Friedman Vartolo LLP
  • Luzerne County Attorney Administrator
  • Senior-Certified Law Clerk for Locher Pavelka Dostal Braddy & Hammes, LLC
  • Deputy Attorney General for NJ
  • Managing Attorney Kenneth Vercammen & Assoc Law Office

Non-profit Sector

  • Director of Foundations and Corporate Engagement for Catholic Relief Services
  • Director of the Unaccompanied Children Program, Center on Immigration and Justice, at the VERA Institute of Justice
  • Centennial Intern at the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park
  • Director of Education Pioneers-Washington DC
  • Director of Research at the Foreign Policy Research Institute
  • Editorial Intern at the Foreign Policy Association 

Business

  • Credentials analyst at The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates
  • Analysts at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
  • Real estate professional

Education

  • Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Professor of History and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University
  • Director of Government and Community Relations at Pace University 
  • Social Studies Teacher for Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Teacher at Salisbury Senior High School
  • Teacher at Abington Heights School District