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.
Spring 2020 Site Visit to Washington D.C.
March 12-13, 2020 (Thursday/Friday)
Applications due February 14, 2020
Are you a senior, junior, or sophomore with a passion for social justice? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to change the world by working at an advocacy organization, in government, a public policy think tank, or an international NGO?
This exciting 2-day FREE trip to Washington D.C. will include an evening alumnae reception, alumnae panel presentations, and a VIP alumnae luncheon at the National Press Club with keynote speaker Naomi Barry-Pérez ’95 who serves as the director of the Civil Rights Center at the U.S. Department of Labor. Ms. Barry-Pérez we will also give us an exclusive guided tour of the exhibit on Frances Perkins, class of 1902, who was the first woman appointed to a U.S. cabinet position as Secretary of Labor and the driving force behind Social Security and the New Deal.
The trip is open to seniors, juniors, and sophomores with an interest in social change through politics, policy, law, advocacy, leadership, running for public office, etc. The trip is FREE and includes lodging, meals in D.C., and roundtrip transportation on a comfortable chartered bus. This trip is a partnership of the Office of the Dean of Faculty, the Alumnae Association, the Office of Advancement, and the Career Development Center.
Applications are due Friday, February 14. We anticipate receiving more applications than available spots.
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.”