Politics - From Classroom to Career Sophomore Year
Politics Meets Careers
Look for our fall and spring Meet-and-Greet dinners where you can meet Politics faculty members, greet alumni and other students, find out more about the major or minor, and learn about internship and career opportunities. Talk to the department chair for details and exact dates.
Use your faculty advisor to choose the best courses, given your interest. Be prepared for your annual meetings. Look for unusual opportunities that could indirectly help a career in politics.
Where else can a politics major lead you?
When I started in the politics program at Fairfield University, I took courses in American government, based on my high school experience with Junior State of America and summer University-level courses. Since then, my focus has shifted to Asian studies, now my second major. As president of Fairfield University's Model UN Team, I use my coursework to defend my arguments and challenge points of view. After I graduate, I'll pursue advanced degrees in political science or international relations, with a concentration in Asia. The courses offered in the Asian Studies Program have challenged me to think critically and have reshaped the way I look at the world.
- Julia Cunico, Major, Politics; Minor, Asian Studies
Talk to your faculty advisor and start planning 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. Recent students have interned with the Connecticut state legislature, local governments, law offices, non-profit organizations, political campaigns, and the courts. Don't forget that there is a semester-long program of study in Washington, D.C. Students who went on the Washington Semester have been placed in internships in The White House, Cabinet departments, Congressional offices, foreign embassies, Amnesty International, the EPA, advocacy organizations, and with special interest groups.
I was looking for a place where I was more than just a number; a place where I could get to know my professors and fellow students on a deeper level and where I could make a difference in the world around me.... I have a big interest in current events, particularly American politics, and this major allowed me some unique opportunities to get involved and connected me with knowledgeable professors in the areas that interest me.
- Josh Robichaud '13; Politics with minors in Ethics and Business Law
Take a look at the Young Republicans and College Democrats clubs.
Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, was founded for the purpose of bringing together students and faculty interested in the study of government and politics. Talk to the department chair for details.
What happens after Fairfield? What would be your "dream job" - and how do you get there? Talk to your faculty advisor and other mentors: How can you use your remaining time at Fairfield to prepare for it? Students who major in politics go on to a wide variety of careers. 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, and the London School of Economics. Some have entered the MBA program at Fairfield and at other universities such as NYU, Virginia, and Pace. Others prefer to begin their careers right after graduating from Fairfield and have gone to work in private corporations, public and private non-profit organizations, government agencies, and media outlets, and publishing firms.
Qualified politics students participate in the Honors Program at Fairfield University and, for students with an exceptional academic record of achievement, the opportunity to be elected to the country's premier honor society, Phi Betta Kappa.
Line Up References
Start to look for 3+ professors in politics and elsewhere who might serve as professional references for you. Discuss your future plans with them and ask for guidance. Stay in touch with them so they 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.