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Government

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.

Thomas Funk '15
Thomas Funk ’15 interned for Congresswoman Cheri Bustos at her congressional office in Washington D.C.

A student learns firsthand: D.C. internship, study in France  

Thomas Funk ’15 says his summer internship with a U.S. congresswoman will play a part when he decides what to do with his future. Experiencing Washington, D.C. firsthand was an eye-opener.

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“I worked mainly on constituent correspondence, researching bills that constituents would contact us about, and conveying the congresswoman’s stances and beliefs. I also helped research legislation for the other staffers and assisted with the congresswoman’s scheduling,” says Funk, a world politics major who is minoring – or possibly double-majoring – in French.

He’s spending his junior year studying in France: One of the things he loves about the world politics major at Hamilton College is the way it allows him to pursue all his interests.

“After deciding that I wanted to study abroad for the year in France, I realized that majoring in world politics, with a focus on Western Europe, would fit in perfectly with my interests in politics, foreign affairs and my desire to continue with French language,” he says.

Funk has been active with Hamilton’s Community Outreach and Opportunity Project, better known as COOP, and, like his time in Washington, he expects that experience to shape his post-Hamilton future.

Haley Person '11
Haley Peterson ’11

A graduate’s progress: a path to law school

Right out of Hamilton, Haley Peterson ’11 worked on Capitol Hill for a Vermont congressman. The summer before law school, she led a community service trip for high school students to Tanzania. It was great, but Peterson was ready for more school. “After working for a few years after graduating from Hamilton, I felt that the legal field was the place where not only I could practice my research and writing skills but also where I could make the biggest impact in the environmental field,” says Peterson, who is a law student at the University of Maryland.

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She says Hamilton’s flexible world politics major enabled her to try a variety of subject areas and gain exposure to professionals in the legal field and beyond. For instance, she took an African studies class with Prudence Bushnell, a former U.S. ambassador.

“Everyone always says that Hamilton will put you apart from your peers when you graduate, especially when it comes to writing and oral presentation skills. I can honestly say that this has been so true and this is particularly true for the world politics major, which has a significant writing-intensive component,” she says.