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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.

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.