Mary Kate Martin | Dec. 18, 2013 | Notre Dame College of Arts and Letters
During the spring of 2012, Dr. R. Joseph Shonkwiler ’04 reached a crossroads in his career.
In a few months he would graduate with a master’s degree in public policy from Princeton University, and he needed to decide his next step. Shonkwiler could return to clinical medicine and finish his surgical residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital, or he could pursue a new career in the public policy field.
As graduation approached, he learned that U.S. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio was looking for a new health policy advisor. Although he had no experience working on Capitol Hill, Shonkwiler decided to apply.