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Political Science Major Jobs and Graduate School Acceptances 2021

Books written by Dickinson political science faculty.

As students take shuttle buses to a local polling place throughout the day, signs such as these will point the way.

Kaitlyn Rooney

Major: political science
Hometown: Newtown, Pennsylvania
Employer: Meet Recruitment
Job title: resourcer

What are you most anticipating about your career or post-graduate pursuits?

Living in New York.

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

Professor relationships.

Internship Experience

ChildUSA.

Julia Poster

Major: political science
Hometown: Dobbs Ferry, New York
Graduate School: NYU Silver School of Social Work
Field of study: social work

How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?

My education at Dickinson certainly prepared me for graduate education. With the small classes and close relationships with brilliant professors, I'm confident that I'm prepared for the next step in my education.

What are you most anticipating about your career or post-graduate pursuits?

I'm excited to take everything that Dickinson has taught me and use it in the future to help people once I get my master's in social work.

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

While this isn't a moment, my advisor, Assistant Professor of Political Science David O'Connell, was a huge part of my Dickinson experience. He is the best professor I have ever had, and he is always there to support his students in any way he can.

Allen Walters

Major: political science
Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina
Employer: International Longshoreman Association
Job title: stevedore

Job Responsibilities

A waterfront manual laborer who is involved in loading and unloading ships, trucks, trains and airplanes

How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?

Dickinson has prepared me to be comfortable around people that are different from me. Dickinson has taught me has to respect people of all walks of life and to appreciate the experiences of others.

What are you most anticipating about your career or post-graduate pursuits?

The ability to help others and impact the world and uplift my community.

Internship Experience

I interned at the Medical University of South Carolina as a summer assistant for the department of diversity affairs.

Zach Mooney

Major: political science
Hometown: Charlemont, Massachusetts
Employer: Crab Apple Whitewater

Job Responsibilities

Recreational facilities and services.

Widad Khokhar

Majors: political science, philosophy
Hometown: Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
Graduate School: Columbia University
Field of study: Islamic studies

How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?

I feel prepared to begin my graduate school studies after graduation from Dickinson.

What are you most anticipating about your career or post-graduate pursuits?

I am anticipating getting to start my program in the field of study that is most interesting to me.

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

Some of my defining moments at Dickinson were taking classes not directly related to my major and ending up studying that topic full time as a graduate student.

Internship Experience

I was an intern at WHO in Lahore, Pakistan and a judicial intern in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

Cara Dougherty

Major: political science
Hometown: Haddon Township, New Jersey
Employer: National Governors Association
Job title: policy coordinator

Job Responsibilities

Provide administrative, organizational and research assistance to one or more programs/policy issue teams.

How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?

I also had two externship experiences provided to me by Dickinson. These were amazing growth opportunities. The Department of Political Science at Dickinson is amazing. I am writing my senior honors thesis currently, which led me to accept a full-time position in Washington, D.C. beginning immediately when I graduate in May 2021. I am also on the track & field team. Being a student athlete helped me manage my time well and prioritize my goals.

What are you most anticipating about your career or post-graduate pursuits?

Moving to Washington, D.C., and advocating for policy that I care about.

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

My senior thesis writing experience, my experiences abroad at the Washington Center in Washington, D.C., and, most importantly, my Dana Research Assistantship in the Department of Political Science. I am assisting Associate Professor of Political Science Katie Marchetti and Associate Professor of Political Science Sarah Niebler in two separate projects throughout the entirety of my senior year. This has been my most fulfilling and fruitful experience at Dickinson.

Internship Experience

Government relations intern at the Delaware River Port Authority in Camden, N.J. I attended City Council sessions in Philadelphia, Pa; composed Notice of Address letters to multiple business administrators of local towns and municipalities; and assisted the Government Relations and Grants Department by editing and revising grant proposals and applications. I was also a fellow at eStreet Group political consulting firm in Washington, D.C. during the fall 2019 semester (at the Washington Center). Here, I created potential donor and client profiles; compiled, analyzed and interpreted data sets on voter information and demographics; coordinated data-based, grassroots online fundraising programs; wrote, edited and produced fundraising and petition emails for political clients and advocacy groups; developed social media posts, graphics and videos that drove account growth and engagement for millions of combined followers.

Thomas Dunn

Majors: history, political science
Hometown: Pottstown, Pennsylvania
Graduate School: Lehigh University
Field of study: political science

How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?

Dickinson has helped me improve my writing and communication skills.

What are you most anticipating about your career or post-graduate pursuits?

Moving to a new city and continuing to be a student in a field I am greatly interested in.

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

Being a member of the men's swim team and Delta Sigma Phi.

Internship Experience

During my first two years at Dickinson, I interned at Blank Rome LLP in Philadelphia helping with their pro bono program.

Jack Porter

Major: political science
Hometown: Rockville, Maryland
Employer: U.S. Army
Job title: Special Forces candidate
Rank: (E-4) specialist

Job Responsibilities

Special Forces soldiers are trained to perform several key missions (counterinsurgency, unconventional warfare, direct action, foreign internal defense, special reconnaissance, security force assistance)—each meant to be performed effectively and efficiently in a small team operational structure.

Micaela Kitchen

Majors: political science, Spanish
Hometown: Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Graduate School: Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
Field of study: public interest/immigration law

How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?

My experiences at Dickinson as a political science and Spanish double major have emphasized the importance of intersectionality to political and legal matters.

What are you most anticipating about your career or post-graduate pursuits?

I am excited to attend the Drexel University Kline School of Law this upcoming fall with a focus in public interest law.

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

I feel that my study abroad experience in Málaga, Spain was a defining moment of my Dickinson experience.

Internship Experience

Externships: Law Intern in Philadelphia, Pa. City Hall with Dickinson College alumna and former judge Rosalyn K. Robinson, legislative intern with the PA House of Representatives in Harrisburg, Pa. (both through Dickinson externship program/search with Career Center)
   
Internships: remote political affairs intern with the Borgen Project (non-profit devoted to lobbying congressional leaders to support international poverty-reduction legislation), legal intern with the Bucks County District Attorney's Office in Doylestown, Pa.

Hanna Butler

Majors: political science, Spanish
Hometown: Gibson Island, Maryland
Employer: Strategic Partners & Media
Job title: digital media coordinator

Job Responsibilities

Serve as a member of the digital team in creating graphics, newsletters for clients, social media content and more.

How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?

The workplace I'm going into is campaign based so it is a very fast-paced environment, especially the months before election days. Because of my experience as a student-athlete on campus, I feel confident in multi-tasking when I have a lot on my plate.

What are you most anticipating about your career or post-graduate pursuits?

I am looking forward to the upcoming elections in 2022 and 2024 and seeing how the Republican Party transforms post-Trump.

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

Studying abroad in Málaga, Spain, I had the best host family who allowed me to become fluent in Spanish. Another highlight was being captain of the women's tennis team, where I was extremely fortunate to have a season and make great friends for life.

Internship Experience

  • Summer 2018: production intern, Strategic Partners & Media, Annapolis, Md.
  • Summer 2019: congressional intern, Office of Congresswoman Elise M. Stefanik, Washington, D.C.
  • Summer/Fall 2020: digital intern, Strategic Partners & Media, Annapolis, Md.

Aya Sobhy

Majors: law & policy, political science
Hometown: Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Employer: Milbank LLP
Job title: legal assistant

Job Responsibilities

Assisting lawyers and attorneys at the firm with high profile cases. Drafting documents, organizing and looking over case files, filing within firm repositories, research and writing.

What are you most anticipating about your career or post-graduate pursuits?

Eventually, law school.

Internship Experience

Newman Williams P.C. in Stroudsburg, Pa., as a legal intern. Drafting legal documentation.

Duncan Spilsbury

Major: political science
Hometown: Charlestown, New Hampshire
Graduate School: Syracuse University
Field of study: public administration

Master's Program Description

State and local government financial analysis and management, public sector innovation and management.

Dalit Kluger

Major: political science
Hometown: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Employer: Foreign Policy
Job title: policy analyst

How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?

They helped with my resume and cover letter a lot which was a big asset for me.

Internship Experience

  • United States Army War College
  • Crossroads Campaign Solutions

George Ladner

Major: political science
Hometown: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Employer: U.S. Army
Job title: 2nd lieutenant

How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?

Dickinson has prepared me extremely well for life post-graduation by providing important life and time management skills as well as amazing opportunities post-graduation.

What are you most anticipating about your career or post-graduate pursuits?

I will begin my career as an infantry officer in the U.S. military.

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

Being a part of the ROTC program and the men's soccer team.

Internship Experience

Congressional intern: Performed administrative tasks including answering constituent phone calls, giving tours of the Capitol and writing speeches and letters on behalf of the Congressman.

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Published April 30, 2021