Careers in Public Service

The Weissman Center, together with our campus partners, sponsors a trip each year for up to twenty-four students who are interested in careers in public service. The site visit features 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.

Our next ‘Careers in Public Service’ is scheduled for March 8-9, 2018, in Washington D.C.  The visit will include an evening alumnae networking reception, a day at the U.S. Capitol Building for a tour and alumnae panel presentations on the environment and public health, and a VIP alumnae luncheon.  The trip is FREE and includes meals and lodging in D.C., and a chartered bus from/to MHC. Students may elect to depart to spring break destinations at the end of the day on March 9, or return on the chartered bus to MHC. 

‘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.”  


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.