With Political Science touching on public policy, international relations, law, social justice, and politics, this is the opportunity to discover the interests and causes that matter to you, and demonstrate your ambition and aptitude to work in the area.
The broader your field of study, the more useful an academic placement can be to your résumé and career goals. An experience abroad is a further boost to your résumé, as you’re getting first-hand experiences of policy, social change, economic systems and law in another jurisdiction and political environment.
Your placement will reflect your interests and goals. So you could find yourself flexing your governance and policy muscles by working with a local government agency, city council, law office, advocacy group, NGO or university. Your placement may also stretch to public relations: controlling messaging, preparing fact sheets for press, or managing online communications.
Some students are drawn to work with groups and organisations on the front line of social issues, like inner city youth centers or domestic violence shelters.
You’ll learn to apply your skills to support an organisation and its strategy, which could mean research, statistical analysis, or editing reports.
You can expect to be challenged, rewarded, and grow both professionally and personally in such a programme.