Career Development

Career Development

Career Development

A political science graduate degree gives you the training you need to succeed in a number of exciting industries. Our alumni work in a wide variety of careers including law, policy analysis, consulting, government lobbying, data analytics, journalism, non-profit organizations, business administration and all levels of government.

Political Science graduates are efficient and critical readers who can distill and synthesize complex information. They are also clear and concise writers who can convey important findings and messages to a diverse audience. Upper-division courses in the discipline provide many opportunities for public speaking and discussion, as oral communication skills are essential for nearly all relevant careers.  

To assist you in making career choices, we also participate in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences' co-operative education program.

We encourage all our students to speak to a career advisor for individualized advice and information. Visit the Career Services website to make an appointment.

Co-op Program

Co-operative education is an optional program that integrates degree-relevant, paid work experience with academic study. MA political science students who participate in co-op apply newly developed skills in a practical context while building a network of professional contacts.

The SFU Co-op curriculum prepares students for the transition from the classroom to the workplace. Students learn self-marketing skills, how to write effective resumes and cover letters, and enhance their interview skills. One-on-one support is available from co-op staff and students gain access to exclusive co-op postings.


  • Maintain a minimum SFU CGPA of 3.00;
  • Apply in the first or second semester of your degree.  

  • Before applying to the Arts Co-op Program, MA political science students must meet with the co-op coordinator, to discuss eligibility and program expectations. Please make an appointment via email or phone at or 778-782-5751.  


    There are a number of internship opportunities for graduate students in political science. These short-term opportunities can supplement your degree with first-hand experience.

    See our internship database for all current opportunities!

    Apply to SFU or get more info.

    To take the next step toward your graduate degree in political science, apply now.