Internships & Careers

See the possibilities that open up for you with our political science programs.


Both academic and non-credit internships are available. Our students intern at federal, state, and local agencies; non-governmental organizations; and nonprofits. You can also intern on Capitol Hill through our partnership with the Washington Center, and in Europe through our affiliation with Educational Programmes Abroad. Both the Political Science & Legal Studies Department and the Career Development Center can help you find an internship.

Past Internship sites have included:

  • Boston City Hall
  • Office of the Governor
  • Office of the Attorney General
  • Massachusetts State House
  • Massachusetts State Party Organizations
  • Congressional District Offices
  • Congressional Campaigns
  • Consulates General
  • U.S. Department of State Field Office
  • NGOs (OxFam, Corporate Accountability)
  • Advocacy Organizations (MassVote, MWPC, No Labels)
  • Lobbying Firms (O'Neill & Associates, Lynch Associates)
  • Political Consulting Groups (The Blue Lab, Charles Group, Beacon Strategies)

Career Outcomes

Bachelor's Degree Program

A major in political science or international relations provides excellent preparation for careers in government, international affairs, journalism, and business, as well as graduate study in law, political science, public administration, and more.

Recent political science and international relations major graduates are working with:

  • EF Education First
  • Digitas
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Linkage Inc.
  • Edgerock Technologies LLC
  • Near East South Asia (NESA)
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Boston Mayor Marty Walsh

Master's Degree Program

Graduates of our master's programs can be found working in political campaigns, elected office, international diplomacy, business, government, lobbying firms, and the non-profit sector. Some recent placements of our graduates include:

  • Economic Development Association (Scotland)
  • Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards
  • Massachusetts House of Representatives
  • Office of the United States Trade Representative
  • Government Operations Agency, California
  • Harvard School of Public Health
  • Commission on the Status of Women, City of Boston

Paralegal Careers

The paralegal profession is one of the fastest-growing occupations in the United States and Suffolk's Applied Legal Studies program will give you a leg up in the field.  

Paralegals are not licensed to practice law independently, but work as valued members of legal teams under the supervision of one or more attorneys. They conduct investigations, draft legal documents, maintain legal records, prepare pleadings, work with witnesses, perform legal research, and do a variety of other tasks at law offices, corporations, government agencies, and insurance companies.