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If you’re reading this, it is probably because you love politics. Personally, I love politics, but I’m tired of people assuming I’m going to run for Congress just because I like politics or say I want to work in politics. Not every politico ends up in the House or Senate.  There is a world of employment out there for those of us who love politics, but don’t want to run for elected office, and here are just a few of the possibilities.

1. Journalism

If you love reading about politics, consider writing about it as your career. Not every year will be as exciting and tumultuous as 2016, but journalism is full of twist and turns that we love to see in politics. Many people speculate that print media is dying, evident by how many newspapers and magazines have gone under, but online and broadcast journalism is alive and thriving and waiting for you to apply.

2. Speechwriting

If you watch the State of the Union address and know for a fact that you could write a better speech, then consider political speechwriting. Oval Office Writers and West Wing Writers are companies that cater to both sides of the aisle, and with a new administration coming this January, speechwriting is going to be picking up new employees.

3. Think Tanks

While some of us love politics, we love policy more and know that being in politics doesn’t always equate to getting policy into play. That is where think tanks come in. If you have great ideas that you want to explore and research and eventually offer up to elected officials, think tanks are the place for you. There are so many influential think tanks in DC alone, including the Heritage Foundation and the CATO Institute.

4. Congressional Offices

If you love the excitement of politics but don’t think getting elected to public office is in your future, consider working for someone who has already figured it out. Congressional staffs get to live right on the edge of the political sphere without having to hit the campaign trail and kiss babies. You might find your dream job as a legislative aid, policy worker, scheduler, or any of the other assortment of jobs that Congressmen need filled.

5. Law

Maybe this is a bit too obvious, but politics and law cross over more than you would expect. If you are interested in the judicial system and dream of one day arguing in front of the Supreme Court, then law might be for you. This is a path that takes a bit longer, as they like you to have a degree and pass the bar to practice, but if you are truly committed, it can have a huge payout.

6. Publishing

If you can’t put down political books and live for the next Katie Pavlich or Dinesh D’Souza book, then consider a career in the publishing of political books. Political books are best sellers, especially in election years, and publishing houses play a big role in getting the hard work behind those big books out and into the public so they can be devoured by politicos like us.

7. Ideological Non-Profits

While it isn’t technically politics, because that’s a dirty word for 501(c)3s, there are a slew of ideologically leaning non-profits that are doing great work, especially in the conservative movement. While they can’t endorse a candidate, they can play a crucial role in creating the type of society that will keep Americans on a path to success and help enlighten a new generation.

8. Non-Fiction Writing

If you love political books by Ann Coulter, Edward Klein, and more, why not write on yourself? In the modern day and age, anyone can be a writer, and if you’re good enough, someone just might let you make a career out of it.  The non-fiction genre is hopping and broad. You could write your gripping tell-all memoir about being a campaign intern, a scathing expose on your intolerant university, or a political thriller about the lies of Hillary Clinton. The world is your oyster!

Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member