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Political Staffer

Political Staffer

Description: A political aide is a trusted staff member in a political office who supports a candidate or an elected official by advising, researching, scheduling, fundraising, or writing, among other responsibilities.

Knowledge Required: Law and government, communications, English

Skills: Writing, public speakers, researching, ability to work under stress

Career Path: Almost all political staffers have a college degree. Law, business, communications, and political science are all popular majors. It is important to become involved in politics either through volunteering at a campaign or joining a special interest group. Developing an area of expertise, such as tax codes or immigration, helps as well.

Best Cities for this job: Washington D.C. and state capitols.

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