One of the most important questions a student or prospective student considering a degree in Political Science should ask is:
"So what happens after I graduate with a degree in Political Science from Kent State?"
The following are stories that answer that question:
Government Relations Liaison, Summit County Engineer
Inspired by an assignment from Dr. John Logue to volunteer for a campaign, Heidi graduated from Kent and pursued her MA in Applied Politics. Heidi went on to work for several campaigns, and she currently works as the Government Relations Liaison for the Summit County Engineer. As part of her work, Heidi tracks legislation on the county, state and federal level, writes grants for federal funding, lobbies on the state and Federal level, as well as handles all of the press and media relations for the Engineer. She also teaches college students as an adjunct professor. According to Heidi, "whether it is on the campaign or government side, the possibilities are endless for a political science major."
Budget Section Chief, IRS
Katie Fechko graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kent State in 2005. She majored in Political Science and minored in Communication Studies. Katie went on to receive a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University in 2005. Since finishing her education, she has moved to Washington, DC where she now works for the Internal Revenue Service as a Budget Section Chief. Katie provides oversight and guidance for the IRS's real estate and security budgets.
Eligibility Technician, Alameda County
Jamie Penticoff, graduated in 2006 with a major in Political Science with International Relations concentration. Jamie is a full-time civil servant, working as an Eligibility Technician for Alameda County's Social Services Agency. She helps impoverished families gain access to public assistance such as food stamps and California Medicare by interviewing clients, processing, and maintaining their aid applications
Attorney, Hahn Loeser & Parks, LLP
Phil graduated in 2005, after completing his last semester on the WPNI Program in Washington, DC. He went on to law school at the Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law, graduating in 2008. Phil currently works as an associate attorney in the Columbus office of the Cleveland-based Hahn Loeser & Parks, LLP. Phil's practice focuses primarily on corporate litigation, representing a wide variety of large and closely-held companies in both state and federal courts.
Paralegal at Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram
After graduation is 2005, Adrianne attended George Mason University for a Master's in Political Science (international development focus). From 2006-2008 she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Romania primarily working with youth focused NGOs. Adrianne currently works as a Paralegal at Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram in Washington D.C. Her responsibilities include preparing transactional documents, assisting corporations with necessary filings in addition to working with the litigation team during discovery and trials.
Campaign Finance Director
During her time at Kent State University, she participated in the Political Science Department’s Columbus Program. There she interned at a State Senate office and learned the inner workings of Ohio state government. After graduation, she was hired as a Legislative Aide for a State Representative, and then went to work for various campaigns, including now Congresswoman Betsy Markey, and the campaign consulting firm EMILY's List. In November 2009, Patricia was hired as the Finance Advisor for US Senate candidate David Hoffman, of Illinois. According to Patricia, “the chances for advancement in the business of campaigning are endless, especially in the world of political fundraising.”
Account Manager, DCI Group
Leah Betton graduated in May 2010 with a major in Public Communication and with minors in Writing and Political Science. She spent her last semester in Washington, DC with WPNI 2010 as an intern with the public affairs firm, DCI Group. Before her semester in Washington was finished, Leah was offered a full time position at DCI Group. She is currently an Account Manager for two client teams.