After Graduation

Political science graduates succeed in the world of government or politics and have limitless opportunities.

Our students pursue advanced degrees or establish careers in both public and private sectors. Political science alumni work in several fields, including:

  • Law enforcement
  • Education
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Journalism
  • Public administration
  • Law
  • Government 
  • Global 
  • Peace Corps

Visit Hope’s alumni page for info on resources and services

Recent Graduates

Jonathan Snavely ’13

After graduating, Jonathan worked for members of the Michigan House of Representatives representing Holland’s 90th district, gaining insight into the legislative process and working on issues like criminal justice reform. However, in keeping with a goal born out of a senior project on American agrarianism while on the Washington Honors Semester, he left the Michigan legislature in 2015 and began to work as staff on farms practicing sustainable agriculture. He’s worked with everything from citrus trees to mixed produce to heritage pigs. While discussing food and agricultural policy with farmers, he began to see the ways his diverse interests intersect at a human scale. Understanding the immense role that law and public policy can play in the lives of individuals and communities, he began seeking ways to leverage his undergraduate and working experience to help. He settled on law school as a natural next step, even as part of an unusual journey, and is now at the University of Michigan Law School.

Renee Wynveen ’12

Juba, South Sudan — project development officer for ACTED

Michael Douma ’04

Georgetown University — director of the Institute of Marketing and Ethics

Elizabeth Slentz ’03

Washington, D.C. — defense contracting firm DELTA Resources