I have a lot of friends who were political science majors who aren’t employed right now. There are a few reasons why. I did not get my degree in political science yet I walked out of college with a job in the political science field. I am here to help any political science majors or any just interested in the field with some tips and tricks that I have learned from my own experience.

I went off to college wanting to double major in criminal justice and sports broadcasting. In fact, I thought my love for politics would come to a screeching halt upon entering college and having a better social life than the bubble I used to live in. I was wrong. I caught the political bug with a severe itch to argue. It was the fall of 2012, the beginning of debate season between President Obama and former Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney. I was at the peak of sass that I had been holding in for far too long. I took to Twitter, as any rational girl would, and began expressing my views. I was seeing red while in classrooms where liberal teachers applauded the “brave sentiments” for my liberal peers and immediately discredited anything conservatives said. So I kept my mouth shut and decided to play ball with the best of them. I wrote papers to their leanings and I sat silently as the professors brainwashed the people around me. I knew I needed a better outlet than a social media platform so I found the College Republicans.

Two weeks later, I was at a Young Americas Foundation conference with the College Republicans from my school. I heard from Liz Cheney, Rick Santorum, Stephen Hayes, and others. I was energized. I went to the debate watch parties and I did a slew of grunt work like phone banking, literature dropping, and door knocking, for Mitt Romney. I was finding my niche.

So I will start here: Pay your dues to politics. Sometimes, you have to start at the bottom. Door knocking, literature dropping, and phone banking are essential to political campaigns. That is where the heart of grassroots activism is. It wasn’t fun baking in the sun but I am happy to say that because of the hard work of so many volunteers that election, the entire state went red for the first time in decades. By volunteering and doing the work no one else wants to do, you are making a name for yourself. People will remember what work you’ve done. This is a great networking opportunity.

Get involved in the political groups on campus. but also pay attention to any think tanks who come to help start other organizations. I remember sitting in a meeting of one of the political clubs on campus and a field representative from the Leadership Institute spoke. I was immediately interested and spoke with her afterwards. The resources she offered and the fun activities she had planned was a complete representation of the Leadership Institute as a whole. I have been lucky enough have attended and be a top graduate of LI’s Youth Leadership School. I learned more in those two days than I had in any political science class I took. I was given the opportunity to attend their Student Activism Conference which was just as exciting and informative. I made friends from around the country and I got to know the staff at the Leadership Institute.

This is also what I did when I attended the first Young Women’s Leadership Summit hosted by Turning Point USA. I met lifelong friends and I got to know the staff. I loved their message of free markets, limited government, and fiscal responsibility. I started the chapter at my school and met a ton of people in the process.

By starting an organization or taking any opportunity you have to network by attending a conference or seminar, you will meet people who are willing to help you more than you would believe.

Attending CPAC is a wonderful way to network and meet a ton of people you wouldn’t expect to meet otherwise. They have a room full of booths where conservative/libertarian minded organizations, companies, and think tanks have set up to come recruit and inform you of what they do. This is an excellent way to see who is hiring and how to apply.

The best way to get a job in politics is by getting involved in college before you graduate. Establish those connections and find the organization or think tank that works best for you and pursue it. You will not make it in politics by sitting behind your computer and tweeting or typing lengthy Facebook paragraphs. You have to get out into the real world and prove yourself.

As my grandfather always told my dad who told me “You may not be able to outsmart them, but you can outwork them.” Find your passion and pursue it.

Caroline C.
FFL Cabinet Member
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