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Education and Nonprofit includes fields such as teaching, advocacy, library and information services, environmental, and social work.  Hamiltonians in this industry work at places such as the NYC Department of Education, Global Communities, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and The Nature Conservancy.

Scroll through the blog posts and stories below to learn more about Hamilton student and alumni experiences in this industry. Finally, meet with your career advisor and explore the Career Center curriculum to learn how to network with alumni to discuss your interests and learn more about their work.

Education & Nonprofit Career Blog

  • Anna Paikert ’13 graduated from Hamilton with a major in creative writing. She currently works as a special education teacher at the Freemantles School in England. Paikert discusses her passion for teaching and details her path to working with special needs students.

  • Bryan Matte ’20 graduated from Hamilton with a major in literature and a minor in education. He now works as a First Grade Associate Teacher at Greens Farms Academy. Matte details how building relationships on the hill led him to discovering his passion for teaching.

  • Olivia Maddox graduated from Hamilton in 2020 with a double major in history and Chinese. She worked at Thinktown Education, helping Chinese students apply to top universities and colleges in the United States and UK, before deciding to pursue a Ph.D. in history to become a professor.

  • Chelsea Haight ’13 is a regional development director for the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and lives in San Francisco.

  • Higher education came to me somewhat as a fluke and what a lucky fluke it was! I began my tenure in higher education as a student intern in Hamilton’s own Office of Alumni Relations at the beginning of my freshman year and continued working there until I graduated in 2012. In the process, I became fascinated by the world of higher education and alumni relations in particular. What I relished most was the opportunity to build connections with those who had shared the campus I had come to love.

  • Meredith Jones graduated from Hamilton in 2019 with a degree in literature and Hispanic studies. She currently works at Literacy Inc. in New York as the City’s First Readers Initiative manager.

  • Niamh Fitzpatrick graduated from Hamilton in 2020, with a major in economics and a minor in computer science and is currently an English teaching fellow with the Fulbright program in Taiwan.

  • Ashley King ’14 majored in psychology and worked as a tutor in the Let’s Get Ready, America Reads, and DEAR programs. After graduating from Hamilton, she received her master’s in school counseling with specialization in leadership from the University of Rochester. Ashley is now an elementary school counselor and respite worker in Rochester, N.Y.

  • Amanda Berman ’13 is the curatorial assistant for the Department of Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the J. Paul Getty Museum. She graduated from Hamilton with a history major and French minor and received her M.A. in museum studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program for Museum Studies in 2018. Her museum interests include 18th-century furniture, historic preservation and architectural history, and issues of accessibility and inclusion in curatorial practice. Check out her Instagram Reels series, “Furniture Facts with Amanda,” on Getty’s Instagram (@gettymuseum). She also has a background in college career development, working in the career development offices at Cornell University and Hartwick College. Her interests include setting student learning outcomes and coaching students on professional correspondence.

  • Ben Ligas currently serves as associate director of major giving at Boston College. Ben has nearly a decade of fundraising experience and has successfully closed a number of six-figure philanthropic commitments. He graduated magna cum laude from Hamilton College in 2014 with honors in both of his majors, government and Russian studies. He received his M.B.A. from Boston College in 2020. He lives in Boston with his wife, Grace, and their two rabbits, Wyatt and Bea.


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