When Ben Anderson ’14 first set foot on the Hamilton campus four years ago he had no idea what he wanted to do after college. It’s one of the reasons he chose Hamilton. Hamilton’s open curriculum encouraged Anderson to explore many disciplines, providing insight along the way. Anderson explains, “The open curriculum helped me zero in on what I was interested in.” As a result, Anderson discovered his passion for government, eventually deciding to study at Georgetown University Law Center next year.
Like Hamilton’s open curriculum, Georgetown Law does not require that students enter with a plan to pursue a certain type of law. Rather, Anderson intends to use his first year learning more about the various types of law practices. Georgetown Law prides itself on having a wide variety of courses for students to explore—something Anderson hopes to take full advantage of while studying there.
Anderson recently completed his Senior Thesis, a study on the effects Voter Identification Laws have on marginalized groups. While at Hamilton, he participated in many career-related experiences through the Levitt Center, the Career Center and Hamilton’s DC program. When he was on the DC program in fall, 2012, Anderson interned for the Democratic National Committee. The following summer he was an intern in the U.S. House of Representatives and this summer he will be interning for a political consulting firm.
Anderson is president of the College Democrats, plays percussion in the orchestra, interns for Hamilton’s Media Relations office and is a member of the Honor Court. He is a government major and anthropology minor. Anderson thanks the Career Center and the Levitt Center for helping him identify and providing funding assistance for internship opportunities related to government and law.
He is the son of Julia and Timothy Anderson of Brentwood, N.H., and a graduate of Exeter High School.