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EIU Department of Political Science



Because our majors are widely trained with strong critical thinking, writing, and communication skills, you will find them in a wide variety of careers. Our students are also ready to adapt to new career opportunities. Their knowledge of government and strategy prepares them for careers in the public, non-profit, and private sectors.

Students gain key career building/planning skills beginning in their first year, through academic advising, coursework, the Political Science Association, and culminating in their senior capstone course.

Placements over the past 10 years include:

  • Government jobs: city, state, county, federal government and military offices and agencies, 27%
  • Law or Legal Research, 15%
  • Advocacy: Campaign managers, outreach coordinators, lobbyists, nonprofits managers, policy advocates, 11%
  • Higher Education: faculty, administrators, advisors, coordinators, fundraisers, 16%
  • Private Sector: banking, finance, insurance, health care, government liaisons, 25%

Examples of recent placements include:

Ahmad Shirmeen Ahmad, Resource Development Coordinator, YWCA Chicago

Bousson Jeff Bousson, Climate Program Manager, Utah Clean Energy

Ducay Jerald Ducay, Senior Planner, Burleson, TX

Gernady Karleen Gernady, Management Analyst, Village of Lindenhurst, IL

Griffin Jacob Griffin, Senior Director of Development & Planned Giving, Purdue Research Foundation

Hill Alisa Hill, Compensation Coordinator/HR Design & Strategy, City Colleges of Chicago

Jacobs Matthew Jacobs, Attorney, Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings

Juszczak Lindsey Juszczak, Legal Advocate, HOPE of East Central Illinois

Kaiser Rachel Kaiser, District Outreach Coordinator, Congressman Davis

Naperville Phil Love, Project Director, City of Naperville

Mejdrich Austin Mejdrich, District Director, IL State Representative Walker

Mitchell Edwyn Mitchell, Senior Events Manager, Salsify

Negron Maralea Negron, Chief of Staff, IL State Representative Cassidy

Nudelman Jacob Nudelman, Deputy Budget Director, City of Chicago

Prillaman Jennifer Prillaman, Foreign Service Officer, State Department, Haiti

Sage Courtney Sage, Assistant to the Administrator, Village of Cary, IL

Shula Ashley Shula, Associate Attorney, Growe, Eisen, Karlen & Eilerts

Thedford Reggie Thedford, Deputy Political Director, Stand Up America

Legislative Director Ciara Wagoner, Legislative Director, IL Department of Financial & Professional Regulation

Walton Lily Walton, Executive Director, Champaign County Housing Authority




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Department of Political Science

Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
Fax: 217-581-2926

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