Skip to Content
Home » CAREERS » Professional Development

Professional Development Resources

Navigating the Profession

Navigating the Profession Cover

This first virtual issue of PS: Political Science & Politics brings together some of the journal’s most highly cited articles about the profession from more than a dozen past issues. Topics include: restructuring the social sciences; navigating the challenges of fieldwork and research design; harnessing the potential in blogging and other outreach; becoming a reviewer; and writing more effectively.

Read the virtual issue here

Annual Meeting

The APSA Annual Meeting provides many opportunities to develop and hone skills related to the discipline, such as teaching, research, and publishing. A number of panels and roundtables are offered throughout the Annual Meeting that address issues of professional development. 

Learn more about the professional development events that took place at the 2017 Annual Meeting in San Francisco!

A variety of short courses are also offered each year on the Wednesday prior to the start of the Annual Meeting. These half or full-day courses are offered by organized sections, scholars in the profession, and APSA staff and committees. They provide opportunities for APSA attendees to enhance their knowledge and to reinvigorate teaching and research skills. 

APSA's status committees also host a number of Annual Meeting roundtables covering their work to advance the interests of underrepresented groups across the political science discipline. Learn more about status committee events that took place at the 2017 Annual Meeting.

Annual Meeting Career Fair

The first annual APSA Career Fair took place at the 2017 APSA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Check back here for more information on next year's Career Fair! 

The Career Fair is an opportunity for APSA members to connect with departments, institutions, and organizations for informational and informal discussions about jobs in political science, and other careers that draw on political science training, both on campus and in applied/non-academic settings.

Organizations participating in 2017 included the RAND Corporation, the US Naval Academy, Scholars Strategy Network, Chabot College, San Jose State University, the Institute for Humane Studies, St. Olaf College, Springer Nature, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Central Intelligence Agency, and more!

Learn more about the Career Fair and how to participate. 

Annual Meeting Dissertation Workshops

APSA will organize dissertation workshops on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, in Boston, in advance of the 2018 Annual Meeting

Each full-day workshop will include six PhD candidates who will present a dissertation chapter, along with two scholars who will lead the workshop and moderate discussions. The call for applications for the 2018 workshops will go out in the spring of 2018. Learn more about the 2016 and 2017 workshops here.  

eJobs & Interview Service

eJobs is the most comprehensive database of academic political science positions available. It is only accessible to members and is updated daily with new job listings and candidate resumes. To learn more about eJobs, please read the eJobs FAQ.

APSA provides an Interview Service at the Annual Meeting. This service gives employers who have posted an eJobs listing space and facilities to interview candidates onsite at the meeting. To learn more about the Interview Service, please read the Interview Service FAQ.

If you have further questions, please email

APSA Mentoring Program

The APSA Mentoring Program, which started in 2003, connects junior faculty, undergraduates, and graduate students from all backgrounds to experienced and senior members of the profession for development support on academic and career topics. This program is a member benefit. 

To learn more about the program, including how the matching process works, how to find an APSA mentor and how to be an APSA mentor, please click here

Please send any further questions regarding mentoring to [email protected].

APSA Career Materials

APSA offers a range of information on careers in political science. Information includes navigating the academic and non-academic job markets, making the most of career advancement opportunities, finding scholarships and internship opportunities, and preparing for the transition from graduate student to young professional.

Visit the following links for more information:

International Programs & Workshops

APSA’s Department of International Programs works to support the integrity and advancement of political science scholarship by promoting closer interaction between American and non-American political scientists, as well as greater cross-fertilization of their substantive and methodological concerns. As part of this goal, APSA has held international workshops in Africa and the MENA region.

Learn more about APSA's international programs and workshops here.

Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs

APSA'S Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs promotes professional development, publishing, and research opportunities for political science scholars. Through its facilities, funds, grants, and awards the Centennial Center encourages individual research and writing in all fields of political science, facilitates collaboration among scholars working within the discipline and across the social and behavioral sciences and humanities, and promotes communication between scholars and policymakers.

Learn more about professional development opportunities at the Centennial Center here.

Job Candidate Questions

The Job Candidate Questions are a series of questions APSA has compiled to help job candidates ask the right questions and gather valuable information for career decisions. 

These questions address topics such as tenure, renewal and annual reviews, research support, teaching support, service activities, and mentoring activities in the department.  

Graduate Student Questions

The Graduate Student Questions are a series of questions APSA has compiled to help prospective graduate students gather valuable information for education and career decisions. 

These questions are a suggested starting point for inquiring students who would like to know more about the goals of a doctoral program, including how it prepares students for careers, and what it does to facilitate job placement and professional development. 

American Political Science Association
1527 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036-1206
(202) 483-2512 • Fax: +1 (202) 483-2657

Scroll Up