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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.

Careers in Public Service for 1st and 2nd Year Students

Friday, November 5, 2021
11:30 am – 12:45 pm

(Virtual Event) 

  • Are you a 1st or 2nd year student interested in social change? 
  • Do you have a passion for politics, policy, social justice advocacy, government, or international affairs? 
  • Have you ever wondered what it would be like to change the world by working at an international advocacy organization, at a public policy think tank, in government, or using a law degree to bring about social justice? 

‘Careers in Public Service for 1st and 2nd Year Students’ is an exciting and popular annual Weissman Center event that is scheduled for November 5th (Friday) as a virtual gathering from 11:30 am to 12:45 pm (EST).

You will hear from distinguished alum panelists who are at the forefront of social movements, policy, and public service. They will share their personal career journeys, as well as advice on new ways for you to think about and prepare for a future in policy, politics, advocacy, or government. There will be opportunities to connect and network with alum panelists post-event.

Applications due Monday, October 18. Students will hear the disposition of their application later in the week. 

For questions, contact Janet Lansberry at the Weissman Center. Co-sponsored by the Office of Advancement and the Career Development Center.

‘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.