You've done your research, created a network, and beefed up your resume. Now it's time to hit the job market. The list below shows some organizations that often recruit IU graduates from social science majors. This list also shows some organizations where recent social science graduates have gone to work. Remember that an education in these majors can prepare you for a number of careers.
- American Enterprise Institute - Social and Cultural Studies, Research, and Academic Outreach positions
- Project Vote Smart - Research and Political Science positions
- Middleway Transitional Housing – The Rise - Program positions
- Hope for Women Magazine LLC - Social Media positions
- R&B Solutions - Campaign positions
- Greenpeace USA - Grassroots Organizing positions
- Mattersight - Analyst positions
- Challenge Detroit - Fellow positions
- NYC Teaching Fellows - Teaching Fellow positions
- WFYI Public Broadcasting - Social Media positions
- Beacon Funding Corporation - Business positions
- Citizen Schools - Teaching Fellowship positions
- Stand for Children - Organizer positions
- Indianapolis Teaching Fellows - Teacher positions
- P&J Search Group - International Teaching positions
- Indiana State Government - Health Administration, Marketing and Research, Recruitment, Benefits, Purchasing, Health and Wellness, Teaching, and Summer Internship positions
- City of Bloomington City Clerk Office - Internship positions
- Indiana State Senate Internship Program - Senate Internship positions
- International Education Services - International Teaching positions
- American Enterprise Institute - External Affairs, US Politics and Congress positions
- 55,000 Degrees - AmeriCorps VISTA positions
- Harpers Ferry National Historical Park - Education positions
- City of Indianapolis - International & Cultural Affairs; Communications; Latino Affairs; Office of Neighborhoods; Administration positions
- Teach for America - Corps Member positions
- City Year Chicago - Corps Member positions
- Chicago Public Schools - Positive Culture Coordinator positions
- Match Education - Match Corps and Match Teacher positions
- Peace Corps - Volunteer positions
Job Search Sites
These sites post jobs that relate directly to analysis, statistics, and math. Remember to use these sites in addition to your network of people to maximize your chance of finding good opportunities. Many of the professional associations listed in the Meet People tab will post industry-specific jobs. Look for a page titled “careers,“ “jobs,“ “employment,“ or “opportunities."
Keywords for Job Search
As you use the web to search for more opportunities, get creative with the search terms you use. Try the list below to maximize your results.
- Social science
Organization & Company Research Resources
When you're preparing for a job interview, it pays to do your research. Use the resources here to learn about an organization's history, business, and culture. Once you have a good understanding of what the company's about, formulate a list of questions to ask during your interview. This will show your interviewer that you're genuinely interested in the job and give you a deeper understanding of what to expect if you're hired.
Common Interview Questions
Interviews can vary from one industry to another. Remember, interviewers are trying to assess your experience and your fit for a specific position, so depending on the position, your questions will vary greatly. This is a small sample of questions designed to help you understand the kind of field-specific questions you might be asked.
- In your opinion, what are the positive and negative effects of globalization? And why?
- Why is strategic planning important to the future of our organization?
- How would a previous client/research partner/professor describe you?
- What research have you completed and what has it taught you that would help you with this position?
- What is the role of society in the context of this position?
- Demonstrate your growth by focusing on the experience you developed in one or two activities or organizations.
- Don’t hide your liberal arts interests—but talk about your involvement in business terms.
- The federal resume is not the same as a private industry resume. It is longer, more detailed, and must include keywords from the federal job announcement. Your resume must also demonstrate your specialized experiences, and should be no longer than five pages.
- Identify your unique qualifications. Take the time to research the organization, identify how your skills match the job requirements and what sets you apart from the other candidates, and highlight those things on your resume.
- Take advantage of every opportunity to meet employers and learn about different industries, jobs, and companies. Attend campus career events and talk to business guests. Show you are a professional in attitude, appearance, and behavior. Meeting you will help an employer to decide if you could be a fit for his or her organization.