Mount Holyoke College
Weissman Center for Leadership

Careers in Public Service

The Weissman Center, together with our campus partners, sponsors trips each year for students who are interested in careers in public service. The site visits feature MHC alumnae who are inspiring examples of success to our students in the fields of politics, policy, advocacy, and government, and whose work spans local initiatives to global world affairs.

Fall 2019 Site Visit

Applications closed
Friday, October 25, 2019
New York City

Are you a first or second year student with a passion for social justice? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to change the world by working at the United Nations, or at an advocacy organization, in government, at a public policy think tank, or using a law degree for social change?

This exciting one-day site visit on October 25 to New York City will include a tour of the United Nations, meeting alumnae who are engaged in public service careers, and gathering for a VIP luncheon with alumnae at a historic landmark hotel just minutes from the UN.

The trip is open to first and second year students with an interest in politics, policy, law, advocacy, social change, leadership, running for public office, etc. The one-day trip is FREE and includes roundtrip transportation to New York City, admission to the United Nations, and a VIP luncheon. This trip is a partnership of the Weissman Center for Leadership and the Career Development Center’s Lynk-on-the Road initiative.

If you have any questions, please contact Janet Lansberry, Director of Leadership and Public Service, at the Weissman Center for Leadership.

‘Careers in Public Service’ is modeled after the MHC student delegation to the launch of the Women in Public Service Project in 2011, an initiative spearheaded by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the sister schools to encourage more women to enter careers in public service. Since then, we have learned that site visits for students are life changing. Students return with enthusiasm and a focused zeal to work in politics, policy, advocacy, and government. They gain valuable insights, tips, and knowledge about what a path in public service might look like, and how to go about crafting a future. Site visits deliberately emphasize a wide range of careers and open students’ horizons to fields and new possibilities. Discussions with alumnae complement the classroom experience and put a practical lens on the future. In fact, a student who returned recently from a site visit remarked, “It is one thing to discuss issues in class from a theoretical perspective, but actually meeting with and learning from accomplished alumnae in a professional setting was unlike anything I have ever experienced before.”

Careers in Public Service in Washington, D.C., in 2019 Post Panel

2019: Washington, D.C.

Forty students met with early/mid-career, and senior level alumnae in public service careers.
Photo of a group of students on a site visit to Washington, D.C.

2017: Washington, D.C.

Students were introduced to MHC alumnae working in diverse fields of public policy as well as environmental policy and international affairs.
Photo of a group of students and alumnae during a site visit to New York City

2016: New York City

Twenty-four students attended Careers in Public Service at the Ford Foundation to meet MHC alumnae who are working for the government at all levels.

2015: Boston Massachusetts

Our visit included a VIP alumnae luncheon, alumnae panel presentations, a tour of the State House or visit to a Senate session, and networking dinner
Photo of a group of students on a site visit to Washington, D.C.

2014: Washington D.C.

Twenty-four Mount Holyoke students traveled to Washington D.C. over spring break to learn about careers in public service from esteemed MHC alumnae.
Photo of a group of students on a site visit to Albany, New York

2013: Albany, New York

Twenty-seven Mount Holyoke College students participated in an all-day visit to Albany to hear from women in appointed government positions.