Student Opportunities and Services

Getting involved in an extra-curricular activity gives you the competitive edge you need to further your career or apply to graduate school.

Student organizations

There are student organizations for you to join as either an undergraduate or graduate student in the political science department. Student organizations cover a broad range of interest areas and activities.

Career opportunities

There is a wide variety of careers related to the fields of political science, international affairs and public administration. The department has created a listing of careers opportunities in federal, state and local government, as well as international careers, non-profits and politics.


Internships are a great way to network and gain experience. There are several resources related to finding the right internship for you as a graduate or undergraduate student in political science.

Career Center

Located in Carrington Hall and Glass Hall, the MSU Career Center helps you get the work experience and resources you need to excel. As a political science student, you are invited to participate in the Career Center’s JobTracks program, which automates the scheduling of interviews, career fair registration and similar services. You can also use JobTracks to view job and internship postings.

Professional organizations

It is recommended that MPA students participate in one of the many public administration and public affairs professional organizations.

Education Abroad

Missouri State University offers students an opportunity to spend a semester studying in another country through various exchange programs. For more information contact, the Office of Education Abroad at 417-836-6368.

Logical contest

The logical contest is an annual meeting designed to allow students to test their skills intellectually while learning about philosophy. The idea of the logical contest is to show students outside the program how much they know about philosophy and how beneficial it can be to their degree. The winners of the contest will be deemed most logical and will receive a prize.

Midsouth Philosophy Conference

This annual conference in Memphis is for students to exhibit their skills in front of professors and students from around the country. Students will pre-submit work that they have created for this purpose or work they have from an assignment.

More information

For more information about any of these opportunities please contact our department office.