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In the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, cooperative education—or co-op for short—is a key component to the Experiential Liberal Arts, an educational model that integrates experiential learning with the rigorous study of society, culture, and politics.

As a political science major, you will be able to bring your interests, your skills and what you have learned in the classroom to a wide variety of co-op opportunities. Conversely, you will bring what you have learned on co-op back to your academic setting, allowing you to deepen your knowledge about your major and yourself. These connections are made through guided, ongoing preparation and reflection. Students in the major co-op in city, state and federal government settings; for law firms of all sizes; for non-profit and for-profit organizations with a range of missions- from human rights to policy making to security. Co-op students work in Boston, Washington, D.C., and many other cities in the U.S. Global co-op offers students a chance to work outside of the U.S.

Co-ops in Political Science

Enhance your classroom learning and deepen your knowledge through the co-op experience in a variety of fields. Below are a few examples of co-op employers and co-op job titles:.

  • Law and Legal
    • Litigation Assistant, WilmerHale
    • Assistant investigator, Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General
    • Intake/Para legal Assistant, Health Law Advocates
  • Government
    • Consumer Specialist, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office
    • Governmental Affairs Co-op, Massachusetts Department of Transportation
    • Staff Assistant, U.S. Congressman Seth Moulton
    • Intern, U.S. INTERPOL
  • Special Interests/Research
    • Research Assistant, Boston Municipal Research Bureau
    • Policy Associate, Health Care for All
    • Research Aide, D.C. Legislative & Regulatory Services
  • Non-profit
    • Venture & Fellowship Associate, Ashoka
    • Program Intern, Barbara Lee Family Foundation
    • Legislative & Program Assistant, MA Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Learn more about Co-op

If you would like to learn more about how co-op works in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, please visit the CSSH co-op website. If you have questions, please contact the following: