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Government

You will emerge from your government major grounded in international relations, American politics, comparative politics and political theory. 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.


Jacob Kleinrock '11 working at a University of Michigan-Michgan State football game.

A graduate’s progress: a job on the compaign trail

Jacob Kleinrock '11 has been interested in politics since high school. His government major at Hamilton College reaffirmed his interest, and he’s working as deputy finance director for a gubernatorial campaign. “The classes and one-on-one discussions were invaluable to me as I learned about the many problems of government and intricacies of the solutions,” Kleinrock says.

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He does campaign finance for Michigan’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer. He raises money and solicits donations with the campaign’s finance director and the rest of the finance team to cover campaign expenses such as staff and advertising.

“I use skills that I learned in my government classes every day,” says Kleinrock. “I feel like I'm better at problem solving and analyzing situations than I would have been without Hamilton's government department.”

At first he was more interested in going into policy work, but Kleinrock realized during his job search that his previous career-related experiences in campaign fundraising made him more marketable in that field. It’s been a good fit.

“I love what I'm doing right now,” Kleinrock says.