Politics - From Classroom to Career Junior Year
Options After Fairfield
How can you best use your remaining courses and free electives to both round out your education and prepare for a career? How about possible graduate school work in politics ... or scholarships like a Fulbright Fellowship ... or Teach for America? Talk to your advisor.
Many politics majors decide to attend law school and have been admitted to such schools as Harvard, University of Virginia, Notre Dame, Emory, Georgetown, Loyola University of Chicago, Quinnipiac, Suffolk, Queens, Pace, and St. John's. Some have chosen to pursue graduate study in political science and attended the universities of Chicago, Wisconsin, Washington, North Carolina, UConn, the London School of Economics. Some have entered the MBA program at Fairfield and at other universities such as NYU, Virginia, and Pace.
Talk to favorite professors about possible supervised research projects you might do in your area of interest, in the summer or during the school year. On-campus summer housing may be available.
Come and Hear From the Experts
Open VISIONS Forum features politics-oriented speakers every year. Come hear from national and international experts - for free. The department also sponsors events that allow students to apply their classroom lessons or push beyond the boundaries of what they learn in class.
Politics has department awards for outstanding students every spring; they are honored at the College of Arts and Sciences Award Night in April. Attend the event and look for projects that might earn you this honor. With your faculty advisor, gain experience in entering such a competition and learn how to effectively package and present your work - and yourself. Non-seniors are often singled out for their great work.
Interested in a research area but there is no course offered in the catalog? Talk to a faculty member about doing an independent study course for credit.
Talk to your faculty advisor and start planning now for potential internships. Think about "trying out" a career, gaining work experience, marketable skills, potential mentors and a competitive edge. Look for potential matches between an internship with your career. Remember that summer jobs, not for credit, can be just as useful in gaining experience and building a resume.
Recent students have interned with state and national government offices. Others have worked for Connecticut state legislators in the city offices of Bridgeport, and in the First Selectman's office of the Town of Fairfield. Students with interests in international affairs (business and politics) have interned with the International Executive Service Corps and such non-profit organizations as Save the Children. In addition, a number of our majors have been awarded Fulbright scholarships for research and study, or teaching abroad. Fairfield Fulbrighters have gone to Argentina, Bahrain, Canada, Morocco, El Salvador, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Canada, Venezuela, Brazil, Jordan, China, and Turkey.
Look for three professors, in and out of the department, who can speak about your successes in an informed way.
That's just the start. Take a look at this career information from other University offices that we think is also valuable to Politics majors.