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Law & Policy Major Jobs and Graduate School Acceptances 2019

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Professor of Political Studies and International Studies J. William Stuart discusses the new administration's foreign-policy priorities. Photo by Carl Socolow '77.

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Deena Kleinstein

Majors: law & policy, political science
Hometown: Paramus, New Jersey
Graduate School: New York Law School
Field of study: law

How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?

Dickinson has prepared me for life after graduation by providing me with a holistic and intersectional education with which I can adapt myself to various situations and challenges that may come my way.

What are you most anticipating about your career or postgraduate pursuits?

I am anticipating applying my Dickinson education to law school. I am excited to use all the tools I've learned through academic and leadership positions I have held at Dickinson.

Internship Experience

I interned at the Law Office of Avram E. Frisch as a legal assistant.

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Janaiya Banks

Majors: Africana studies, law & policy
Hometown: Queens Village, New York
Employer: Deloitte
Job title: human capital analyst

Job Responsibilities

This analyst identifies efficiencies to enhance organizational performance through innovative talent, leadership and change programs. This analyst also designs and develops integrated HR and talent management strategies  helping clients adapt to disruption through core service delivery optimization and digital enablement.

How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?

Dickinson has given me the tools to push past my own limitations and succeed to the highest degree.

What are you most anticipating about your career or postgraduate pursuits?

The thing I’m looking forward to the most is seeing my friends thrive in their postgrad opportunities. I know the work we put in, and I’m ready to see the fruits of our labor.

What are some of the defining moments of your Dickinson experience?

Definitely studying off campus my entire junior year. I had the best internship during my semester at the Washington Center, and it really prepared me for postgrad life. My semester in Cameroon was more impactful than words can express. I would encourage everyone to study off campus. It’s life changing.

Internship Experience

Perella Weinberg Partners, New York, HR summer analyst, 2018

  • Assisted with planning and execution of summer intern and full-time training programs.
  • Coordinated campus recruiting efforts, including the planning of on-campus events.
  • Created templates and updated materials used for learning & development and recruiting.

Public Defender Service, Washington, D.C., intern investigator, fall 2017

  • Researched and reviewed case files and gathered information to solve crimes.
  • Interviewed subjects, targets and witnesses for information verification.
  • Collaborated with legal staff, the chief investigator and other law enforcement agencies.
  • Conducted comprehensive investigations to obtain evidence.

Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, Jersey City, total rewards intern, summer 2017

  • Evaluated annual market data submissions, validation and data management.
  • Facilitated annual biometrics screening fair and other wellbeing-related projects.
  • Worked on long-term compensation and retirement programs: savings plan and long-term incentive plan.

Harlem RBI, Bronx, New York, teacher & coach, summer 2016

  • Collaborated with a co-leader and workshop teacher to design and lead daily lesson plans that focused on helping youth build social-emotional skills.
  • Coached and organized a baseball team of 18 second- and third-graders.
  • Supervised and managed team and individual behavior at all times.
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Grant Shearer

Majors: economics, law & policy
Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Graduate School: Boston University School of Law
Field of study: health law

What are you most anticipating about your career or postgraduate pursuits?

Working hard and practicing law.

Internship Experience

Judicial internship, Carlisle Courthouse, Carlisle, summarizing cases, filing and helping the judge and clerk.
Retirement services intern, M Financial, Portland, Oregon, contacting clients, member firms and others, research and present on financial planning tools.

Michaela Zanis

Majors: law & policy, English
Hometown: Seltzer, Pennsylvania
Graduate School: Penn State Dickinson School of Law
Field of study: law

How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?

Dickinson's focus on the importance of a well-written research papers, of asking questions and challenging injustice gave me the skills necessary to stand out in the law school admissions process, which ultimately takes me one step closer to my goal of becoming a lawyer.

What are you most anticipating about your career or postgraduate pursuits?

Taking what I learned as a Dickinsonian and challenging the legal system to become more inclusive and advocating for children's rights.

What are some of the defining moments of your Dickinson experience?

Joining the mock trial team, interning in Judge Guido's office, becoming the co-chair of the Policy Studies Majors Committee and attending Accepted Students Day on behalf of the department, along with taking classes in the Department of English, where I could take my love for the law and use the skills I learned from my professors to write a legal critique of literature that we read.

Internship Experience

I interned at the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, where I compiled data on all of the counties in Pennsylvania to be published for the state legislative branch. I interned in the Schuylkill County District Attorney's Office where I completed discovery requests, took notes on trials, and assisted attorneys with case preparation. I interned in Congressman Cartwright's District Office, where I worked as a Veteran's Affairs intern and assisted with other constituent services. I interned in the Office of President Judge Edward E. Guido, where I took notes on trials and conducted research for my honors thesis on the dependency system.

Mitchell Snyder

Majors: law & policy, economics
Employer: Quantum Communications
Job title: associate
Graduate School: Penn State Dickinson School of Law
Field of study: law

Job Responsibilities

Advise political clients on strategy.

How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?

It has given me a degree and education in economics that is highly sought after.

What are you most anticipating about your career or postgraduate pursuits?

Getting to attend law school.

Internship Experience

Pa. Republican Party, Harrisburg, Pa., communications intern

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Published April 3, 2019