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Political scientists study the institutions, laws and methods used in political process and government, influences that shape government policy, practices and organizations (politics) and fundamental questions about related concepts such as power, freedom, security, justice, democracy. They may be employed by political parties, international organizations, NGOs, universities and colleges. (alis)
Find detailed information about the occupation, including typical duties and working conditions, in the links below:
- National Occupational Classification (NOC) - Canadian occupational descriptions
- O*NET Online - U.S. resource for occupational descriptions and information
- OCCinfo by alis - Alberta-based occupational information
- Sokanu: What does a political scientist do? - occupational profile and videos (U.S.)
- A Day in the Life of a Political Scientist - The Princeton Review (U.S.)
- Political Science Career Paths - from American Political Science Association
- Interview: Political Intern - from StudyinCanada.com
- Interview with political scientist Jane Mansbridge - The Harvard Gazette
U of M Academic Calendar
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Faculty and Department Homepages
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- Department of Political Studies - Faculty of Arts
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Information for foreign-trained professionals - Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials
Labour market information
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- Trend Analysis: Job Market Report (Winnipeg region) - Gov. of Canada Job Bank
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - Job outlook for the U.S.
Professional associations may organize events and provide directories, job postings, career and labour market information. Student membership opportunities may also be available: engage, learn and network!
- Canadian Political Science Association (CPSA)
- Prairie Political Science Association
- International Political Science Association
- American Political Science Association (APSA)
Directories, Industry Associations, and Sector Councils
These resources provide industry news, labour market information and a list of potential employers. Remember, there are usually multiple industries worth exploring.
- Canadian Political Studies Departments - CPSA members
- Universities Canada - member universities
- Canadian Think Tanks - listing from the University of Alberta
- Manitoba Government - Departments
- City of Winnipeg - Departments
- Government of Canada - Departments and Agencies
- Canadian Council of Public Relations Firms - members
- Elections Canada - list of registered political parties
Search occupations of interest in the industry-specific job boards below to learn about skill requirements, employers, job duties and available jobs. You may also wish to search more general online job boards.
- POLCAN2 - from the CPSA
- Government of Canada
- Manitoba Government Job Opportunities
- Canadian Studies Network
- United Nations Careers
- World Bank - Programs and Internships
- Charity Village - specialized job board for Canadian non-profit professionals
- Work In Non-Profits.ca
- Community Economic Development Job Board - CCEDNet