Ben Horvath | Dec. 10, 2013 | Notre Dame College of Arts and Letters
Breaking into the political world of Washington, D.C. brings its own set of challenges. “How do you talk to someone who is not of the same political slant you are?” asks Anita Rees, a career exploration specialist in Notre Dame’s Career Center. “What do students need to know to find a job in D.C.? How is the protocol there different from other cities?”
Thanks to the Notre Dame D.C. Mentoring Program, students can find answers to these questions and get valuable career advice from successful Notre Dame graduates who were once in their shoes.
The Career Center program pairs students who intern in the Washington, D.C. area with Notre Dame alumni working there. It is open to students with summer internships, as well as those who participate in the Washington Program—a semester-long experience combining internships with political science coursework offered by the College of Arts and Letters’ Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy.
“The D.C. Mentoring Program helps students explore a career path and gain professional advice,” Rees says. “Many times, the mentor and mentee continue their relationship and connection after the summer or semester.”