Public Policy - Education

Nicole Hochsprung '10 

Associate, Higher Education at American Federation of Teachers.  In December 2012 I landed my dream job as an associate in the Higher Education Department at the American Federation of Teachers - the largest affiliate of the AFLCIO and the union representing the most workers in higher education. It is the hardest I have ever worked in my life but I love it very much. Some of the issues I work on are MOOCs, promoting student access, fighting fraud and abuse (particularly of for-profit institutions), contingent faculty issues, and promoting union-student coalitions on campus.

Sean Lynch '12

Media Relations Specialist at 3M. He previously worked as a Legislative and Public Affairs Manager for the Association for Career and Technical Education, a nonprofit in Alexandria, VA. I lead ACTE's media outreach work - from responding to reporter questions and drafting press releases to writing op/eds and social media posts. I also work on policy issues that affect our members and advocate for their priorities.

What was the best part about being a POLS major? The POLS major does a great job of teaching you to think about the systems/groups that affect policymaking and issues overall. The best POLS majors, however, are the ones who get involved with Dr. Siver's Speech and Debate team so they can examine those issues from multiple perspectives and advocate for a position effectively.