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Government/Public Service

Other Political Science graduates enter the executive branch of the federal government which includes civil service, independent agencies and commissions, the intelligence community, defense, the foreign service and political appointments. There are also good opportunities for recent college graduates to work in Congress, as a staff member for individual members of Congress or for committees. Others find jobs in the congressional and the judicial branches of government in the executive offices which service Congress and the courts - the General Accounting Office, the Congressional Budget Office, the Congressional Research Service, the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, and the Federal Judicial Center. Others prefer to work in the state and local government labor forces. These include departments and agencies of state and city government; positions with chief executives at the state, county or local levels or in the state legislatures or county and local councils.