Your degree in Political Science

While studying Political Science, you’ll develop important skills as you examine the nature, causes, and consequences of collective decisions and actions taken by groups of people embedded in cultures and institutions that structure power and authority.

These skills may include:

  • Analytical thinking applied to questions of how societies govern themselves and address problems of power locally, nationally, and globally
  • Collaboration with others to explore forces that shape law, society, the economy, and the politics of the future
  • Ability to examine problems and propose solutions considering multiple perspectives
  • Ability to recognize and consider the impact of a variety of influences, assumptions, and values
  • Qualitative and quantitative research, data collection, statistical interpretation, synthesis of facts, and presentation of arguments
  • Clear and concise written communication that draws on a deep theoretical and practical understanding of Canadian and international political systems
  • Persuasive public speaking and debating abilities that demonstrate critical thinking and carefully reasoned arguments

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including government or politics, non-profit, law, journalism, public relations, international development, consulting, education, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

Aboriginal affairs officer

Campaign manager

Charitable organization director

Communications manager

Copywriter

Customs officer

Diplomat

Economic analyst

Economic development officer

Elections officer

Foreign service officer

Government official

Human resources manager

Human rights officer

Immigration officer

Intelligence analyst

Intelligence investigator

International development worker

Journalist

Labour organizer

Labour relations mediator

Lawyer

Lobbyist

Market analyst

Market researcher

Media relations manager

News analyst

Ombudsperson

Parliamentary assistant

Police officer

Policy advisor

Political organizer

Political scientist

Public affairs officer

Public opinion interviewer

Public relations specialist

Social policy researcher

Speech writer

Teacher or Professor

Trade development director

Make the most of your program

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify understanding of your values and interests.

UBC Political Science Students’ Association
Meet other UBC students through events and programs. 

Model United Nations Student Association at UBC
Collaborate with other students to propose resolutions to global issues through United Nations-style simulations.

UBC Model Parliament 
Research and debate public policy in Term 2 through this snapshot experience of the Canadian Parliamentary system.

Political Science co-op success stories
Learn about the experiences of past and present co-op students from your program and others.

Departmental events
Network with Political Science students and faculty members at a variety of events.

Departmental research opportunities
Reach out directly to faculty members to ask about potential research positions.

UBC Journal of Political Studies
Showcase your research by submitting papers to be published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Arts Co-op Program
Gain paid work experience in your area of study as part of your degree program

Go Global
Learn more about international opportunities recommended by the Political Science department.

European Union Study Tour and Internship Program
Apply in Term 1 to visit major institutions and learn about the evolution and current issues of the European Union.

NATO Field School and Simulation Program
Dive into this experiential learning opportunity and gain course credit over the summer.

Volunteer and internship opportunities
Explore various resources to gain local and international experience.

Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations
Develop new skills and gain practical knowledge in a heritage field over the summer.

Government volunteer and internship positions
Discover local and international opportunities to prepare you for future employment.

Canada Summer Jobs Program
Check out summer jobs for full-time students.

Federal Student Work Experience Program
Apply for government positions across Canada through this student recruitment initiative

Parliamentary Internship Programme
Apply for an opportunity to shadow a Member of Parliament over 10 months, available for recent graduates.

BC Legislative Internship Program
Assist a Member of the Legislative Assembly and observe the daily workings of the BC Legislature, available for recent graduates.

Ontario Legislature Internship Programme
If you’ve recently graduated, gain practical experience with the daily workings of the Ontario Legislature.

Council of the Federation Youth Internship Program
Gain experience working in Canadian intergovernmental relations after graduating.

Make connections

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you! You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors. 

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

More information

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