Undergraduate Major Details

Political Science

What Can I Do With This Major?

About this major

The Political Science major is in the College of Letters and Science.

A great starting point when you are unsure what careers relate to your academic interests. Check out specific job titles, work places and links to related professional organizations:


The following are examples of locations where students in this major have completed internships in past years. If you're a student thinking about participating in an internship, this list is a great place to start your search.

Internship Sponsors
American Bar Association, Section of International Law
Armenian National Committee of America
Black Entertainment Networks (BET)
Bloom Consulting
Business Executives for National Security
CA Center for Cooperative Development
California Energy Commission
California State Assembly
California State Senate
CEO Global USA
CommuniCare Health Centers
Congressional Management Foundation
Council on Foreign Relations
Heritage Action for America
House of Representatives, Congressman Jeff Denham
Internal Revenue Service, Office of Chief Counsel
International Law Institute
KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights
Liveshots DC/ThinkTalk.com
Lowenthal Law Office
Migration Policy Institute
Morgan Stanley
National Defense University
Noetic Group
Office of Representative Anna G. Eshoo
Office of Senator Barbara Boxer
Office of Senator Dianne Feinstein
Office of Senator Joel Anderson
Office of the Governor
Potomac Institute for Policy Studies
Sacramento LGBT Community Center
Senator Jeff Merkley
Strategic Growth Council
The California News Service
The Green Party
The Wilderness Society
U.S. Department of Commerce
U.S. House of Representatives- Congressman John Garamendi
UC Davis Cross Cultural Center
UC Davis Department of Chicana/o Studies
UC Davis Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center
UC Davis Medical Center (UCDMC)
UC Davis Services For International Students and Scholars
UC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services
UC Davis Student Recruitment and Retention Center
UC Davis Ullman Lab
United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division: Voting Section
US Bicycling Hall of Fame
US Department of Justice
US Department of State: Foreign Service Institute
USDOJ Civil Rights Division: Voting Section

Graduating Class Demographics

The following are self-reported data from the Internship and Career Center's First Destination Survey (FDS). The FDS provides a snapshot of what students in this major do directly following graduation. In some instances, the sample size is too small to report reliable results.

Year Graduating Class Completed First Destination Survey Response Rate
2012-13 229 56 24.5%
2013-14 224 44 19.6%

Post-Graduation Endeavor

Some graduates immediately enter the workforce, whereas others pursue further education. Some have different plans entirely. The table below details what students in this major typically do following graduation.

Year Employed* Seeking Employment Attending Graduate School Other+
2012-13 32.7% 32.7% 23.6% 10.9%
2013-14 50.0% 19.0% 21.4% 9.5%
2014-15 42.4% 30.3% 15.2% 12.1%
2015-16 23.9% 21.1% 46.5% 8.5%
2016-17 26.9% 11.5% 53.8% 7.7%
* Employment includes having any job, not just a full-time career-related position.
+ Other endeavors typically include traveling or family obligations.


Of those students from this major who enter the workforce, the table below lists their employer and job title. This list is not exhaustive, and is just meant to provide basic guidance to upcoming graduates looking to enter the workforce. Check out this diverse list of jobs, and then use it to start your own search.

Companies Position
American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Political Action Intern
Berry & Berry Law Offices Office Services
Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP Paralegal
Bicker Castillo and Fairbanks Account Associate
Bishop Ranch Vet Center Veterinary Technician
Black Oak Management Intern
Burleson Environmental Consulting Environmental Planner
Cal Alumni Association Intern
California Democratic Party Community Organizer
California State Assembly Intern
California State Automobile Association Sales Associate
Circlepoint Project Coordinator
Conservation Strategy Group Intern
Consulting Firm Program Administrator
DYF Resident Camp Director
Equality California Fellow
Fusion Real Estate Network Marketing Manager
Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme (JET) Assistant Language Teacher
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith Records Clerk
Mercury Public Affairs Associate
Roy's Desert Resource Center Case Manager
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP Project Assistant
Six Flags Seasonal Supervisor
Sourcewise Registry Specialist
South Korean Government TaLK scholar
State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality Associate Government Program Analyst
Subway Waitress
Teach for America Special Education Teacher
Tout Inc. News Desk Editor
UC Davis Extension Administrative Assistant
University of California, Berkeley Student Service Advisor
University of California, Davis Admissions Adviser
University of California, Davis Police Officer
University of California, Davis Program Services Assistant
University of California, Davis Tutor admin
Western Utilities Transformer Service Account Manager

Salary Summary Statistics

The table below presents the salary distribution for recent graduates who reported full-time employment in the FDS. Salaries vary widely by position type and geography. Thus, the numbers below are a rough guide to what graduates in this major can expect to make in a 'typical' entry-level position.

Year Mean Median
2012-13 $33,636 $28,000
2013-14 $36,750 $35,500
2014-15 $44,666 $43,000
2015-16 $40,454 $43,000
2016-17 $40,000 $43,000