Area: Government

Sub-Area:

  • Public Policy
  • Research
  • Regional Planning
  • City or Town Management
  • Intelligence
  • Foreign Service
  • Law Enforcement
  • Legislative, Executive, or Judicial Services
  • Program Administration

Employers:

  • Federal, state, and local government

Strategies & Information:

  • Complete an internship in government or related area.
  • Serve in model United Nations.
  • Become involved in student government.
  • Participate in cross-cultural groups and organizations.
  • Write for campus publications focused on national and international affairs.
  • Develop skills in computers, statistics, and data analysis.
  • Acquire foreign language competency and travel experience for international positions.
  • Supplement curriculum with business courses.
  • Earn a graduate degree in political science or public administration for advancement.
  • Volunteer with the staff of a government official.
  • Participate in local or national campaigns.

Area: Law

Sub-Area:

Employers:

  • Law firms
  • Corporations
  • Federal, state, and local government
  • Private practice
  • Special interest groups
  • Universities

Strategies & Information:

  • Develop excellent research, writing, analysis, and communication skills.
  • Plan to attend law school and earn a law degree.
  • Obtain specialized certification for paralegal positions.

Area: Politics

Sub-Area:

  • Elected or Appointed Leadership
  • Campaign Management
  • Staff Administration
  • Special Interest Advocacy

Employers:

  • Legislative, executive, or judicial officials
  • National, state, or local government
  • Political action committees
  • Special interest groups
  • Political parties
  • Campaigns (national, state, or local)

Strategies & Information:

  • Volunteer for national or local campaigns.
  • Gain experience through internships in government.
  • Obtain leadership roles in campus organizations.
  • Seek leadership roles on the regional or national level.
  • Become involved in campus political organizations, student government, campus publications, or community service projects.
  • Take courses in statistics, computer science, environmental protection, or public policy.
  • Develop a network of personal contacts.
  • Be prepared to begin a political career as a volunteer before moving to full-time or paid positions.

Area: Nonprofit

Sub-Area:

  • Administration
  • Management
  • Public Relations
  • Fund Raising

Employers:

  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Foundations
  • Professional associations
  • Special interest groups

Strategies & Information:

  • Gain experience through volunteering or completing an internship.
  • Supplement curriculum with courses in business, psychology, sociology, or social work.
  • Obtain leadership roles in campus organizations.
  • Develop strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and experience in a specialty area (e.g., public health, environment, urban issues).

Area: Business

Sub-Area:

  • Sales
  • Human Resources
  • Management
  • Advertising
  • Public Relations

Employers:

  • Product and service organizations
  • Retail stores
  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Manufacturers
  • Financial companies
  • Insurance companies
  • Print and electronic media
  • Other business corporations

Strategies & Information:

  • Develop strong analytical, verbal, writing, and computer skills.
  • Acquire a business minor or add business as a double major.
  • Gain experience in an area of interest through internships or other employment.
  • Obtain leadership roles in campus organizations.
  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills.

Area: Journalism

Sub-Area:

  • Editing
  • Reporting
  • Circulation
  • Sales

Employers:

  • Newspapers (national, local, or trade)
  • Wire services
  • Magazines
  • Internet sites
  • Large corporations
  • Political parties
  • Political action committees

Strategies & Information:

  • Obtain summer or part-time work experience with a newspaper or magazine.
  • Complete an internship in journalism.
  • Choose writing intensive coursework.
  • Become proficient in desktop publishing and photography.
  • Develop excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Join the college newspaper, yearbook, or other publication staff.
  • Become a student member of professional associations.
  • Create a portfolio of published writing samples.
  • Obtain experience in and knowledge of a specialty area of interest.

Area: Broadcasting

Sub-Area:

  • News Programming
  • Production

Employers:

  • Television stations (network, cable, or public)
  • Radio stations (regional or national)
  • Independent syndications

Strategies & Information:

  • Complete an internship in radio or television.
  • Experience in government or political affairs is usually required for specialized reporting positions.
  • Volunteer with public or campus media.
  • Develop strong reporting, writing, and debating skills.
  • Cultivate an attractive and appealing appearance.
  • Volunteer to announce local or campus sporting events.
  • Become involved in drama (i.e., direct, act, or work with technical crew).

Area: Education

Sub-Area:

Employers:

  • Public schools
  • Private schools
  • Colleges and universities

Strategies & Information:

  • Obtain appropriate state teacher certification for public school opportunities.
  • Gain certification in more than one subject for greater marketability.
  • Earn a Ph.D. for college teaching or research positions.
  • Volunteer with community or church youth programs to gain experience working with children and adolescents.
  • Become involved in student organizations, debate, publications, government, and athletics.

General Information and Strategies