Government, International Affairs, Law

Boren Awards (students)

Kate Dailinger
Kate Dailinger

Supports study abroad of less-commonly-taught languages in world regions critical to US interests, and underrepresented in study abroad. Study abroad programs of a year are preferred, but summer programs will be considered for students majoring in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Eligible are Wellesley first years, sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are US citizens. Campus application deadline typically in January.

Wellesley students should seek advice about appropriate study abroad programs from the Office of International Study, although the Fellowships office is happy to offer advice on Boren Scholarship applications.

Careers in the Military and Law Enforcement

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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.

Carnegie Junior Fellows Program (rising seniors & alumnae)

Kate Dailinger
Kate Dailinger

The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program supports a year's work at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC. Eligible are graduating seniors and recent alumni who are eligible to work in the US for a year. Campus application deadline typically in November.

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

Katy Ryan
Katy Ryan

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.   

GoinGlobal

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GoinGlobal is the leading provider of both country-specific and USA city-specific career and employment information. Our unlimited access subscription database features 38 Country Career Guides, 53 City Career Guides for the United States and Canada, corporate profiles and more than 16 million internship and job listings within the USA and around the world.

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

Elizabeth Mandeville ’04
Elizabeth Mandeville ’04

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

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

Katy Ryan
Katy Ryan

“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

Introduction to International Affairs

Elizabeth Mandeville ’04
Elizabeth Mandeville ’04

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.

Introduction to Law & Law School

Christina Breitner
Christina Breiter

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. 

Introduction to Think Tanks

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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). 

Law School — College Certification

Christina Breitner
Christina Breiter

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.

Pre-law Advising at Wellesley: Information for Prospective Students

Christina Breitner
Christina Breiter

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.

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

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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.

Study Abroad: Government, Law & International Affairs Careers

Katy Ryan
Katy Ryan

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.