Internships and Careers

Many students majoring in politics obtain internships with congressional offices, campaigns and law offices.  Many politics students also choose to pursue internships with non-profit and intergovernmental agencies in Chicago to gain practical experience.

Career Pathways

Lake Forest College facilitates five career communities called Career Pathways to help students explore major/career options and position themselves for the internships that will help them to further prepare for productive and rewarding careers after graduation. Students from all majors can participate in the Career Pathways to shape their career goals alongside of their academic interests.

To get an idea for which pathways students might join based upon some common politics interests, check these out:

  • Teacher – Law and Public Service
  • Public Relations Specialist – Creative Arts
  • Legislative Aide – Law and Public Service
  • Lawyer – Law and Public Service
  • International Development – Law and Public Service
  • Wealth Manager/Financial Consultant – Business and Finance
  • Advocate – Law and Public Service
  • Health Care Administrator – Science and Health Care

Explore the Career Pathways by participating in events, reading profiles of students’ and alumni experiences, and by joining a pathway (or two). Remember to look at the next steps pages to get ideas for immediate ways to prepare yourself for great internships and a productive, rewarding career after graduation. 

Graduate/Professional School Study

For some career paths, students will need to earn an advanced degree to be competitive. Lake Forest College graduates are regularly admitted top graduate programs, and the College also has partnerships with several schools to provide special admission options to Lake Forest students.

Here’s a sampling of recent graduate/professional schools where students have gone on to study:

  • Northwestern University
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Yale University
  • Harvard University
  • University of Chicago
  • Georgetown University
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • John Marshall Law School
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • University of New Mexico
  • University of California, Berkeley

Dual-Degree Programs in Law

Lake Forest is affiliated with several competitive law schools that allow high-achieving students to complete a Lake Forest bachelor’s degree and a law degree in a total of six years, rather than the usual seven. 

Dual-Degree Program in International Studies

Under an agreement with the Graduate School of International Policy and Management (GSIPM) at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, highly qualified Lake Forest College students may be admitted to the Institute with accelerated status, and can complete their Master’s degrees with 48 credits as opposed to the 60 normally required. 

Recent Internships

  • Lake County Sheriff’s Office
  • State Congressional Campaigns (Republican and Democratic Candidates)
  • Citigroup
  • Council on American-Islamic Relations
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
  • Loop Capital Investments
  • French National Assembly
  • Illinois Coalition for Immigrants and Refugee Rights (ICIRR)
  • Lake Forest City Hall
  • Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
  • US EPA Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance
  • Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights
  • Voices for Illinois Children

Career Pathways

Politics majors tend to find their fit in the Law and Public Service Career Pathway. However, they can find a home in any pathway, as politics students have skills that can apply to nearly any industry.