Department of Politics

Careers in Politics

Studying Politics at Sussex will give you the knowledge and skills to get a career in a whole range of professions. You don’t just study politics to become a politician; you do so to understand more about who gets what, how and why. And what we can do about public life if we don’t like what we see.

Fast track your career

All of this information is vital in a range of careers spanning journalism to the civil service, NGO work to taking on roles in international organisations.

You will gain transferable skills in:

  • processing evidence quickly and concisely
  • presenting your own ideas to others
  • crafting solutions to real-world problems
  • unpacking what’s fakenews and what’s information that needs to be taken seriously

Career destinations of Sussex Politics graduates

Politics graduates go into a wide array of different jobs. Examples include:

  • TV news producer and broadcast journalist at Sky News, Kit Bradshaw, Click here 
  • Investigations Lead at Transparency International UK Ben Cowdock, Click here 
  • Senior business developer at Credit Suisse Julie Brauch, Click here 

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. 

Benefit from careers support 

You can attend careers events which can help you find jobs in government and government institutions including the civil service, the world of public policy, 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

The politics department regularly organises events of topical interest for politics students. Stephen Bush, the political editor of the New Statesman, is the department’s ‘Writer in Residence’ and he regularly takes part in events looking at UK politics but also his role (as a journalist) within that. Stephen runs sessions on writing in a crisp and clear manner and he judges a blog competition that’s part of the first year ‘British Political History’ module.

Other guest speakers regularly come to campus and in recent years representatives from parties as diverse as the Greens and UKIP have spoken to politics students.  Our focus is, however, just the UK. Second year trips to both Paris and Berlin are part of the staple diet.

The Berlin Trip in particular has been running for 17 years and involves 20 students meeting in the Bundestag with German MPs from all the major parties. It takes place every March/April.

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.”