Politics & International Affairs - Career Pathways

Politics & International Affairs


What is Politics and International Affairs?

Politics and International Affairs is a liberal arts discipline designed to prepare students as informed citizens and leaders in contemporary society. Political Science studies the institutions and processes people use to influence issues in the public sector. International Studies benefits students wishing to work with the great variety of international issues, such as development and globalization.

Academic Programs

Note: Fredonia also offers a combined B.A./M.P.A. program with the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany.

What Can I Do with a Politics and International Affairs Degree?

Fredonia Politics and International Affairs students pursue careers in law, journalism, the U.S. foreign service, public administration, personnel work in the private sector, non-profit advocacy, Congressional and Presidential staff positions, sales, law enforcement (including the F.B.I.), the ministry, marketing, radio and TV broadcasting, consulting, secondary education, and partisan politics. Students may also go on to a variety of professional graduate programs.

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Career Outlooks

To explore specific job outlooks, use MyNextMove, the Occupational Outlook Handbook, and MyPlan. Each offers unique insight about the personalities, skills, knowledge, technology, abilities, and educational requirements compatible with a job.

For a more personal approach, use resources like Candid Careers and Glassdoor. Candid Careers hosts thousands of interviews with industry professionals. Glassdoor provides numerous employee reviews from various companies. Both provide great insight into the industry and daily life of a particular career.

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Sample Job Titles

Campaign Manager
City Planner
Customs Officer
Data Scientist
Director of Consumer Sustainability
District Attorney
Federal Government Analyst
Foreign Services Officer
Immigration Officer
Intelligence Officer
Journal Editor
Legislative Assistant
Marketing Coordinator
Policy Advisor
Political Cartoonist
Political Correspondent
State Legislator
Urban Policy Planner

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Internships and Applied Learning Opportunities  Use FREDNetwork to find professional jobs, internships, student employment and summer job opportunities

Internships foster hands-on learning and skill building. They also help students make connections and network with potential employers. 

You can use FREDNetwork, the CDO’s job and internship database, to find internship (and employment) opportunities! Schedule an appointment with a CDO career counselor for more information and advice.

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Major-specific activities and student organizations and clubs provide venues to make connections and build strong networks. Depending on personal interests and career goals, students may clubs such as the Politics and International Affairs Association, Honor Society of International Studies, Fredonia Mock Trial, National Political Science Honor Society, Fredonia Democrats, College Republicans, Fredonia Debate Forum, International Club.

Networks continue to grow through digital groups such as LinkedIn. The CDO’s professional mentoring program, Fredonia Career Connection, is also a great place to find a mentor!

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Professional Associations

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Get Connected

Stay up to date on the Politics and International Affairs Department’s news and events through the department webpage.

What’s Next?

Not sure about your future? Schedule an appointment
The CDO is here to help you explore opportunities!
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