You will emerge from your government major grounded in international relations, American politics, comparative politics and political theory. If your interest is global, you may major in world politics. You will get a front-line perspective on U.S. government if you are accepted into Hamilton’s program in Washington, D.C., where you will work in a Congressional or executive office.

Hillary Kolodner '14 during an internship in Senegal.

A student’s exploration: an internship abroad

Through internships on two continents and courses as varied as philosophy and environmental studies, Hillary Kolodner ’14 explored and then zeroed in: government with a double minor in environmental studies and philosophy.

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She says it’s OK not to know exactly what you want to study as a first-year student. “Hamilton gives you the confidence to know that you’ll eventually figure it out and do something meaningful with your life,” she says.

Her Hamilton College experience included an internship teaching at a community center in Senegal, an opportunity paid for by a fund administered by the College Career Center. Kolodner loved the work and children and wants to go back.

Still, her time in Senegal helped her realize she wants to work in her hometown of Baltimore or a similar community to which she has close ties. She had two internships in Baltimore, one funded through the College, at the United Way of Central Maryland, and the other at the Baltimore Food Policy Initiative.

After Hamilton, Kolodner thinks she may teach in a high-needs school while earning a master’s degree in education, then pursue a graduate degree related to inequality, maybe in public policy and education.

Benjamin Anderson ’14
Benjamin Anderson ’14

A new alum’s path – law school

Benjamin Anderson ’14 is headed to Georgetown Law, a decision shaped by his experience inside and outside the classroom at Hamilton College. He was a government major. “For my senior honors thesis under the guidance of Professor Phil Klinkner, I studied how newly-implemented voter identification laws impact turnout and potentially disenfranchise certain voters. And in Professor Yvonne Zylan's sociology courses I examined the relationship between law and society,” says Anderson, who is the summer after graduation interning for a political consulting firm.

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He sought out courses that would best develop his ability to write effectively and think critically and analytically and came away with well-honed research and writing skills.

As an intern at the Democratic National Committee, Anderson observed the inner-workings of the U.S. political system. He explored the legislative process as an intern in the House of Representatives. “I am incredibly grateful for all the rich learning opportunities Hamilton facilitates beyond the traditional classroom. The ones that stand out the most are the summer research grant and summer internship funding I received through the Levitt Center, and the Government Department's Semester-in-Washington program which I participated in my junior year,” he says.