Careers in Politics
Some politics majors proceed straight to graduate programs in law, public policy, international affairs, or political management; others begin their careers immediately upon graduating. Students contemplating law school have the option of the Catholic University Law School Direct Entry program, which reduces the number of combined years for an undergraduate and law degree from 7 to 6. Students graduating with politics degrees often find the skills they have learned in their studies to be highly-valued, even in employment outside of law or politics.
How does Marymount help put politics students on a career path after graduation?
Marymount Politics majors have gone on to a wide variety of careers in the public and private sectors.
Here are some more examples:
Gordon Baer has worked on political campaigns and district offices throughout Virginia, including as a field organizer and senior fellow for the campaign for state delegate Danica Roem and a field organizer for state senate candidate Jennifer Boysko.
Bella Blecha, from California, has worked on a variety of political campaigns, including most recently serving as a campaign organizer and finance assistant for Steve Dettelbach’s campaign for Ohio Attorney General. She changed her major to Politics the second semester of her sophmore year and graduated on time with a Politics major.
Chris Bowen, from Vermont, serves as The Afriat Consulting Group’s Political Outreach Manager, with responsibilities that include campaign management, coordination and political outreach. He graduated from Marymount with a major in Politics and a minor in History.
Deepika Choudhary, a transfer student to Marymount originally from Virginia, was a Politics major and History minor at Marymount. As a Marymount student she interned at the Center for International Policy, and now works as a media associate at the Peace and Security program at ReThink Media, a nonprofit that helps foreign policy oriented groups get their message out.
Elyssa Giordano, from New Jersey, was a Politics major and History minor at Marymount. As an undergraduate she interned for a member of Congress and for CPAC, and eventually become a CPAC Staff Assistant while still at Marymount. After graduating she spent three years at Americans for Prosperity and is now working as an Events Manager with the States Policy Network.
Miram Hyeon, a transfer student to Marymount originally from Argentina, was a Politics major. Her internship was at the Washington DC mayor’s office. After graduating she worked in South Korea at the ASEAN-Korea Center’s Culture and Tourism Unit and later at the Quantum Universe Center of the Korea Institute for Advanced Study. She is now pursuing a graduate degree at a university in Korea.
Christina Carrica Haley, from Florida, serves as Senior Policy Advisor in the public law and policy group at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. She previously served as the CEO of Connectiva, a strategic political consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. At Marymount Christina majored in Politics and in Economics.
Teresa Meli works in Rome as the Operations and Legal Assistant at the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) organization – established in 1981, with peacekeeping responsibilities in the Sinai, following the peace treaty by the governments of Egypt, Israel, and the US.
Borjana Sako, as a Politics major at Marymount, worked at the World Bank for the Europe and Central Asia Regional Procurement Office where she worked on various projects supporting the goals of improving the economic and infrastructural development of the region. After graduating she went to work as a Criminal Justice Senior Research Associate contractor for the U.S Department of Justice, and now works with the Department of Commerce.
Ellie Sennett, from Ohio, as a Politics major at Marymount wrote for and edited the student newspaper, The Banner, and interned at several news organizations in the Washington DC area and abroad. After graduating with a degree in Politics she went to work for the Al Jazeera Media Network where she is now an Associate Digital Producer on The Stream.
Leslie Siphers, from North Carolina, graduated with a major in Politics and a minor in History. As a student she interned at the AARP’s office of Government Relations & Advocacy, and also worked for Governor Beverly Perdue, EMILY’s List in Washington DC, and the North Carolina Democratic Party. After graduating she went back to work for the AARP and is now a registered lobbyist.
Sarah Whiteman is an Executive Administrator at General Dynamics Information Technology directly supporting the Office of Cyber and Technology Security within the U.S. Department of State’s (DoS) Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS), where she directly supports the Cyber Monitoring and Operations Director.