Political Communication and Advocacy Career Outlook
The Political Communication and Advocacy Program focuses on human and media communication in the political process and prepares individuals to function as members of political and public affairs organizations, political campaign staff and related government and media entities. Courses include instruction in media effects, political speaking and debating, political advertising and marketing, image management, political journalism, opinion polling and aspects of print and broadcast media related to the production and distribution of media messages in political settings.
Explore the subsections below to learn more about the potential skills a student with a political communication and advocacy major can develop as well as the potential positions, areas and employers that hire students with this degree. Please note that these are not exhaustive lists and should be used as a starting point.
As a Political Communication and Advocacy major, students may develop or advance skills including those in oral and written communication, research, analytical, interpersonal, critical thinking, problem-solving, leadership, professionalism, the ability to create compelling messages, an understanding of the U.S. political system, logic, cultural awareness and an international perspective.
Graduates with a degree in Political Communication and Advocacy can work as social media managers, creative specialists, account managers, copywriters, online content creators, television reporters or producers, investigative or political journalists, foreign correspondents, policy advisors, political consultants, political journalists, speechwriters, government affairs representatives, legislative assistants, lobbyists, paralegals, political campaign managers, urban and regional planners, volunteer coordinators, public information officers, communications directors, fundraisers, event planners and community outreach coordinators.
Graduates with a degree in Political Communication and Advocacy can work within the following areas: public policy, urban planning, legislative/executive/judicial, law enforcement, intelligence/foreign service, nonprofits, legal aid, political campaigns/parties, public relations, resource development, communications/media, market research, fundraising/development, advertising, event planning, higher education, journalism, public deplomacy and public relations.
Graduates with a degree in Political Communication and Advocacy can work for federal, state, and local governments, townships, court systems, corporations, law firms, religious organizations, defense contractors, labor unions, libraries/museums, foundations, radio and television companies, public relations firms, non-profits, professional associations, community centers, political parties, consulting firms, colleges and schools.
Use the employment opportunity resources below to kickstart your pre-professional and or professional experience search. You may also identify a professional or student organization to join and network with individuals in your major and field. Please note that these are not exhaustive lists and should be used as a starting point.
- 1871 Chicago
- Chicago Federation of Labor (Unions' websites)
- Chicago Metro History Education Center, Public Relations Interns
- Chicago Public Radio
- City of Chicago
- Choose Chicago
- CLTV: Chicagoland's Television
- Cook County Illinois
- Cook County Public Defender
- Dick Durbin, U.S. Senator
- Federal Executive Board
- Foreign Service/U.S. Dept. of State
- GPO Access
- Illinois Attorney General's Office
- Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
- Illinois Department of Human Services
- Illinois Department of Natural Resources
- Illinois News Broadcasters Association
- Illinois Press Association
- Illinois State Archives
- State of Illinois
- The Environmental Careers Organization
- The Washington DC Job Source
- The White House
- US Environmental Protection Agency
- United States Federal Government
- Washington Internship Institute (Partnership)
- Will County Illinois
- WTTW Chicago Internships
- American Political Science Association
- Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management
- Foreign Policy Association
- International Association for Political Science Students
- Model UN at SXU
- Pals for Change at SXU
- Pre-Law Association at SXU
- Students for Justice in Palestine SXU
- The Political Science Forum at SXU
- WXAV 88.3 FM
- The Xavierite at SXU