Careers in political science

Rebecca Collard

Rebecca Collard (BA 2006) is a multiplatform freelance journalist covering breaking news in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. She also reports on the refugee crisis in Europe.

Santo Darmosumarto in front of a freight ship in Indonesia

Santo Darmosumarto (MA 1999) joined the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs after he completed is MA. He is now the Assistant Special Staff of the President, Office of the President of the Republic of Indonesia.

Sarah Marie Weibe outdoors

Sarah Marie Weibe (MA 2008) is an instructor in Political Science and the author of the book "Everyday Exposure – Indigenous Mobilization and Environmental Justice in Canada's Chemical Valley."

Erich Nahser-Ringer on building steps with co-workers and bicycles

Erich Nahser-Ringer (BA 2009, seated centre) says that his time studying political science at UVic has been instrumental in his career. After working as a Legistlative Assistant in the BC Legislature, he is now working in First Nations Relations for the Capital Regional District.

What can I do with a degree in political science?

Political science explores concepts of authority, conflict, debate, governance and power in order to analyze and understand political systems and behaviour.

With a degree in political science, students develop their abilities to solve problems and make decisions that lead to careers in the public, private, non-profit sectors, and even business.

Political science is one of the most flexible degrees and that’s what employers are looking for. To be able to think critically in a variety of environments, that’s what political science does. It gives you the ability to look at issues in unique ways but also look for connections between them. That opens all kinds of career paths.
—Evan Pivnick, BA (2013)

Some career options for political science majors

  • Campaign organizer
  • City planner*
  • Civil servant
  • Communications officer
  • Consultant
  • Diplomat
  • Fundraiser
  • Journalist
  • Human rights activist
  • Lawyer*
  • Lobbyist
  • Media analyst
  • Mediator/negotiator
  • Policy advisor
  • Politician
  • Project management
  • Public policy analyst
  • Translator*

*Additional education and training may be required

More information from UVic Co-op + Careers (pdf)

Meet our alumni

The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould (Puglaas)

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Jody is a descendent of the Musgamagw Tsawataineuk and Laich-Kwil-Tach peoples. She was elected as the Liberal MP for the riding of Vancouver Granville in the 2015 federal election and sworn in as the Minister of Justice of Canada. She is the first Indigenous person to hold this position. She has been an active member of the BC Bar Association since 2000 and was a provincial Crown prosecutor in Vancouver's downtown eastside until 2003. In 2003 she was an elected Commissioner to the BC Treaty Commission, and in 2009 was elected a Regional Chief of the BC Assembly of First Nations.

Political Science and History - BA (1996)

Harry Neufeld

Electoral Management Consultant

Harry is an election administration professional with more than 30 years of management experience across the spectrum of legislation, policy, process, technology and logistics issues associated with the delivery of electoral democracy. He currently works as an independent electoral management consultant, and was previously Chief Electoral Officer for BC. He has held senior management positions with BC Systems Corporation, EDS Canada, Elections BC, Elections Canada, and the United Nations. He has advised international electoral assistance agencies and electoral commissions around the globe. Read more

Political Science - MA (1987)

Rebecca Collard

Freelance Journalist

Rebecca is a multiplatform journalist covering breaking news and features from Lebanon, Egypt, Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. She produces radio and television packages and provides commentary for CBC, BBC, Monocle24 and Voice of America among other international outlets. She writes for The GuardianThe Christian Science Monitor, GlobalPost, Voice of America, and Rolling Stone (Middle East edition).

Political Science and Professional Writing (minor) - BA (2006)

Dayna Dobrowolski

Senior Director of Government Affairs
Canadian Beverage Association

At the Canadian Beverage Association, Dayna is responsible for developing and executing government relations strategies at all levels – federal, territorial, provincial and municipal. Dayna’s work takes her across Canada as she meets with key government officials and collaborates with beverage industry members. Prior to joining the Canadian Beverage Association, Dayna was a Senior Consultant with Global Public Affairs, where she led their Health and Life Sciences team. Read more

Political Science and Philosophy (minor) - BA (2015)

Jim Hopkins

Assistant Deputy Minister
BC Provincial Treasury

Jim joined the Ministry of Finance in 1979. He has held positions as research analyst in economic policy and planning, executive assistant to the deputy minister, and director of policy in the government's purchasing commission. In 1987, Jim joined the Debt Management Branch and was appointed as Director of Borrowing and Project Finance in 1999, and Executive Director in 2002. In April 2004, Jim was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister of Provincial Treasury. Read more

Political Science - BA (1976)

Aidan Brand

Manager of Voter Services
Elections BC

Aidan graduated from UVic with a strong knowledge of electoral processes and BC-STV in particular. This expertise helped him secure a position as Planning Officer with Elections BC in advance of the 2009 provincial election and referendum on electoral reform. Now, as the Manager of Voter Services, Aidan’s portfolio includes voter registration as well as ongoing online and telephone services for voters. Read more

Political Science - BA (2006)

Katrina Nash

North Star Creative

Katrina founded Getting Stuff Done, which supports organizations in growth by working with clients to create strategic PR and marketing plans, as well as social media campaigns and administrative processes. As a partner at North Star Creative, Katrina specializes in creating rich, unique brand experiences to captivate audiences around the globe. Read more

Political Science - BA (2010)

Santo Darmosumarto

Assistant Special Staff of the President
Office of the President of the Republic of Indonesia

Santo joined the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs after completing his MA. In 2001, he began his PhD at Monash University, Australia and returned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2004. He has held his current position since 2010. Read more

Political Science - MA (1999)