Year Graduated: 2010
Major at Michigan: Public Policy
Share the story of why you chose your major.
I’ve always been interested in politics and current events. During high school, the classes where we discussed the branches of government, the Constitution, political history, political parties, legislation, campaigns, and elections were the classes that engaged me the most. Thus, it was fitting that my sophomore year was the first year the Ford School of Public Policy accepted an undergraduate class. Knowing my interests, my advisor encouraged me to apply. It was one of the best decisions I made because I was able to follow my passion and study with people who had similar interests and were engaged with the world around them.
At Michigan, I spent most of my time outside the classroom…
I was involved in various student organizations, from my fraternity and Greek Life to Relay For Life and Dance Marathon. I also participated in Alternative Spring Break and the Public Service Intern Program, which led me to intern in Washington, DC for two summers.
What story stands out to you in your first year on the job?
I wouldn’t say there’s a particular story that stands out but rather the people and issues I’m exposed to on a daily basis. Entry-level jobs aren’t the most glamorous, but they provide great learning opportunities if you seek them out. Our attorneys represent the gamut of Democratic clients from the President and Obama for America to the Democratic party committees, members of Congress, SuperPACs, corporate PACs, trade associations and more. They oversaw Al Franken’s Senate recount in Minnesota, have testified before Congressional committees, and one attorney served as the White House Counsel.
What’s next in your story? (next steps, future plans)
Before working at Perkins Coie, I worked on a competitive congressional campaign in Washington state. Though law firm experience has been great and taught me a lot about political law, politics is my true passion. With the 2012 election looming, I may be lured back to the campaign trail. If not I’ll eventually make a jump to Capitol Hill. Graduate school is also a possibility if I feel an advanced degree is necessary to further my career.
What is one thing every student should have on their “career to-do” list?
Get an internship! Internships are the best way to explore potential career fields and to gain valuable work experience. When you’re looking for your first job out of college, these experiences will be crucial. One thing to keep in mind—internships you don’t like are just as valuable as internships you do like.
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