Department of Politics

Careers in Politics

With 87% of our Politics graduates in work or further study 6 months after graduation (DLHE 2014) preparing you for your future career is a key part of a Politics degree at Sussex.

Fast track your career

Studying Politics at Sussex will give you the knowledge and skills to get a career in politics, or a job where knowledge of politics and political insitutions is essential.

You will gain transferable skills in:

  • analysing conflicting sources of information and arguments
  • using research methods
  • presenting arguments in front of a group. 

Career destinations of Sussex Politics graduates

  • policy researcher at the House of Lords
  • communications officer at Norfolk Police
  • policy and research assistant at the London Borough of Sutton
  • campaigns intern at 38 Degrees
  • research assistant at the BBC.

Gain work experience in politics

If you are a single honours Politics student, you can gain experience of working in politics through our Westminster internship scheme. In your final year, you can apply for an internship with a Westminster MP or in local government at Brighton and Hove Council.

This opportunity allows you to apply your knowledge to politics and public policy. At the end of the placement, you will write a dissertation based on your experience. 

Find out more about work experience in politics

Benefit from careers support 

You can attend careers events which can help you find jobs in government and government insititutions including the Civil Service, politics, and the public sector.

These events are run by the Careers and Employability Centre who also organise an annual Careers fair where you can meet employers and get information on graduate schemes and jobs.

Keep up to date with the latest developments in politics

By joining the Politics society, you can also attend events, debates and talks by prominent speakers and politics academics. This will allow you to discuss and debate political issues with other students and experts.

Previous speakers at Sussex Politics Society events have included journalists Roy Greenslade and Nick Davies and former Special Advisor to Labour, Jess Garland. 

Find out more about joining the Politics society

Jack Stapleton, Politics Student, talks about how Politics at Sussex has helped him decide what he wants to do as a career after graduation

Letitia Egan, BA Politics and Philosophy, now Parliamentary Assistant

Letitia Egan

"I chose to study at Sussex because of its famously politically-charged atmosphere, its high rankings, and its Brighton location.

“In my final year, I undertook an internship at a local MP’s office. When this finished, I was invited to stay on as a campaign manager for the 2015 General Election. This would not have been possible without the Westminster internship programme.

“Not only did Sussex provide me with the connections to be offered the job, my degree gave me transferrable skills to make me suitable for the role including writing skills and being able to critically analyse language.

“I am really enjoying my job which has the potential to open exciting doors for the future.”

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