"The Political Science program always found a way to support me in my endeavors--for example, as an Honors Program student, the Department gave me access to a wide variety of books and resources during my one-on-one tutorials with Dr. Champney. The Department also made it possible for me to accept a summer internship on Capitol Hill through its Scully Honors Program, which gave me the much-needed financial resources to participate in that experience."

April Francia (Class of 2015)
Attorney at the law office of Robert H. Montgomery, III, Esq, P.C.


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.

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


  • Special Assistant to the President and Managing Partner at The Asia Group
  • Political Associate with Shapiro for Governor
  • Field Organizer for NextGen America
  • Regional Field Director for the Republican Party of Pennsylvania
  • 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]
  • Advance Representative at U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • 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
  • Lobbyist at Thorsen French Advocacy
  • Special Projects Coordinator at Office of Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer
  • Data and Metrics Analyst - Office of Human Resources at the National Institutes of Health
  • Office of Senator Joe Donnelly at United States Senate
  • Program Director at Defense Strategies Institute

The Legal Profession

  • Paralegal at New York County District Attorney's Office (2022)
  • Special Assistant to the Mayor of Scranton (2021)
  • Paralegal at Zajac & Arias, LLC (2020)
  • Paralegal at Manhattan Legal Services (2019)
  • Executive Assistance at Lackawanna Pro Bono, Inc. (2019)
  • Case Manager at Bergmann & Moore, LLC (2019)
  • 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
  • Trial Attorney at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Associate Attorney at Saavedra Goodwin
  • Staff Attorney at the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA)

Nonprofit Sector

  • Client Engagement Specialist with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps
  • President and CEO at Friends of the Poor
  • 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 
  • Program Manager at Raising a Reader MA


  • Shift Assistant Supervisor with Process Technologies & Packaging (2022)
  • Store Manager with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (2022)
  • Retail at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts (2022)
  • Operations Assistant at C.R. Strunk Funeral Home (2019)
  • Compliance Manager for Service at All About Kids (2018)
  • Associate Research Analyst at S&P Global Market Intelligence
  • Senior Credentials Analyst at The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates
  • Analyst at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
  • Real estate professional
  • Account Executive at Millennium Sales & Marketing
  • Client Human Resources Associate at Trinet-Ambrose
  • Account Executive at Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications
  • Global Customer Service Representative at Bloomberg LP
  • Senior Market Analyst, U.S. Federal Services at The Avascent Group
  • Senior Vice President for Property Management at Paramount Group, Inc.
  • Vice President at CCS Fundraising
  • Learning Solutions Consultant at Gallup
  • Installations Project Coordinator at Bloomberg LP
  • Environmental Health and Safety at West Fraser Timber
  • Account Executive at Katz Media


  • Teacher with Alliance for Catholic Education (Post-Graduate Service Opportunity) (2018)
  • Special Education Teaching Fellow (2018)
  • 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, now at the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota)
  • 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
  • Advancement Associate at Loyola School in New York City
  • Program Manager in the Office of Specialized Instruction at District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS)
  • Assistant Director, Higher Education for Sisters in Africa (HESA) Project, African Sisters Education Collaborative
  • Special Education English Teacher in Philadelphia
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