Introduction to Careers in the US Federal Government and the Federal Resume

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Nicole D. Park

“A good federal resume should clearly outline your key work, volunteer experiences, academic accomplishments as well as extra-curricular activities. It should also highlight the unique skills that set you apart and make you uniquely qualified for the position.”
— Department of Homeland Security Website

FAQs about COVID-19’s Impact on Law School Applications

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Nicole D. Park

This page aims to provide responses to some of Wellesley College students’ most frequently asked questions about how the COVID-19 pandemic will impact the law school admissions process.

Introduction to International Affairs

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Nicole D. Park

A career in international affairs can be fueled by a passion to travel and a desire to learn about our global environment, effectuate change, and make a difference in the world. As an interdisciplinary field at Wellesley, the international affairs major exposes students to an array of perspectives and analytical methodologies that equip them to enter a workforce in a broad range of organizations and experiences. The work in international affairs can truly change the world; however, it is important to focus on the small steps that will maximize your success and lead you to a fruitful career in international affairs.

Graduate School in International Affairs, Political Science, Policy, etc

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Nicole D. Park

This resource covers:

Masters Degrees

  • Master in Public Policy (MPP), 
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA), 
  • Master of International Affairs/Relations/Foreign Policy/Foreign Service, 
  • Master of Security Studies/National Security
  • Master of Political Science

Joint Degrees

  • JD/MPP, JD/MPA 
  • MBA/MPP, MBA/MPA

PhD in Political Science/Government/Politics or PhD in Public Policy

Private Sector: Consulting (Political, Management, International, Defense) and Government Relations

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Nicole D. Park

This resource is an overview of:

  • Political consulting: firms who are hired by individuals, political groups, and campaigns to help run political campaigns
  • Management consulting & Strategic Advisory: in this document, this term refers to firms that focus on consulting as it relates to government and international affairs interests and aerospace and defense contracting 
  • Government relations: the sector of an organization that focuses on public policy and advocacy.

Careers in the Military and Law Enforcement

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Nicole D. Park

The majority of law enforcement jobs are US government positions at the federal and state level and therefore are of interest to students interested in public service. The information below focuses on the maintenance of public order and enforcing the law. Please also refer to the “Government” resource page for more information about public service careers outside of military and physical law enforcement.

Study Abroad: Government, Law & International Affairs Careers

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Nicole D. Park

Students interested in careers in government, law & international affairs are encouraged to focus on skill development and experience. This is especially important as employers, and graduate programs in this space continue to look for commitment to understanding these industries.  Below please find suggested study abroad experiences that help develop specific skills and experiences to help be competitive in these industries.

Industry Expertise for Alumnae: Government, International Affairs, and Law

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Nicole D. Park

Wellesley Career Education offers personalized advising and industry expertise across six distinct career communities, including Government, International Affairs and Law. Emma Cutrufello, PhD, is the Career Community Advisor for these fields, and is available to every alumnae — regardless of her career stage — to share expertise in:

  • government
  • international affairs
  • law
  • law enforcement
  • politics/advocacy
  • think tanks

Visit the Career Community page for Government, International Affairs, and Law to explore these industries.

Introduction to Think Tanks

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Nicole D. Park

Think tanks are public policy research, analysis, and engagement organizations. They are organizations that generate policy-oriented research, analysis, and advice on domestic and international issues that enable policymakers and the public to make informed decisions about public policy issues. Think tanks may be affiliated with political parties, governments, interest groups, or private corporations or constituted as independent non-governmental organizations (NGOs). 

Introduction to Law & Law School

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Nicole D. Park

Is law school right for you?

The decision to attend law school is a big one. You should consider how law school fits into your career ambitions and life plan. A first step for you to determine if law school is right for you is to explore what the legal profession entails by talking to or working with lawyers. Gaining hands-on experience through networking, internships or law-based classes can only help you when deciding to apply to law school. Additionally, seeking out resources online and through the alumnae network can also help in your search. 

Pre-law Advising at Wellesley: Information for Prospective Students

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Nicole D. Park

The liberal arts education offered by Wellesley College prepares students for a wide range of careers and graduate studies, including law school. This resource contains answers to some FAQ about preparing for law school.

Getting Started in Politics, Advocacy, Government at the Local & National Levels

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Nicole D. Park

Local and state government offers students a great opportunity to see how agencies and legislation work on a smaller scale. For students passionate about their state or a particular issue, state politics is a wonderful place to get started! Below, I highlight a few ways to get involved in politics at the local (including at Wellesley!) and state level. In terms of gaining experience at the national level in US politics and policy, DC is the place to go. This document will address finding a range of internships in DC as well tips for networking. We’ll start with the three branches of government, briefly address other government agencies, move to international organizations, and finish with think tanks and nonprofits. For students interested in international affairs and government, intern and/or study abroad to demonstrate your regional expertise and intercultural communication and adaptability skills.   

Law School — College Certification

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Many law schools require that a dean's or college certification or questionnaire be completed by the applicant's undergraduate institution. This certification typically requests the applicant's class rank, status on physical or emotional health, and information on matters of discipline during the undergraduate years.

Resources for International Students

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Navigating the college experience can be a complex affair, particularly if you are entering Wellesley from another country. The first stop for you is the Slater International Center, as they will serve as your most important resource at Wellesley. In addition to what Slater has to offer, you will find below some additional career resources.