In addition to public administration, political science provides a strong liberal arts background for students who may enter the fields of journalism, business, social welfare and law. Those who graduate from law school work in law firms, in federal, state or local government and in private business. Most of Stony Brook's political science majors plan to go to law school and nearly all who apply are admitted, many of them to top-ranking institutions. These students have had better than average success in obtaining entrance to graduate schools. Some political science majors from Stony Brook have found jobs directly after graduation in government and industry.
Various internship programs are available to political science students. In Washington, the Washington/Albany Internship Program provides Stony Brook students with opportunities to work in the United States Senate and the House of Representatives Staff Offices, the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration and many other federal agencies. In Albany, the Program offers similar opportunities for students who wish to gain experience in aspects of New York State government. Finally, qualified students may participate in other local and state internships.
The Political Science Department, also, participates in the URECA Program, which provides undergraduates with the opportunity to conduct research with faculty members. The Political Science Department sponsors talks and colloquia by faculty and off-campus guest speakers to which undergraduates are invited.