Our students have long been drawn to England and other European countries for study abroad, but Asia and South America are becoming increasingly popular. Many connect with programs in those regions through Stonehill’s affiliation with the School for International Training.
Political Science majors also participate regularly in the Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience. One recent SURE project centered on research into the direct marketing tactics used by Democratic candidates in Massachusetts.
Stonehill recently established an affiliation with Bridgewater State University in which it’s Public Administration graduates can pursue a master’s degree in the field at BSU.
Immersion in Centers of Political Power
The Washington Center and the American University Semester in Washington
Through its affiliation with the Washington Center and the American University Semester in Washington, Stonehill offers students the opportunity to spend a semester as an intern in the nation’s capital.
Both the Washington Center and the AU Semester in Washington assist in the placement, orientation, supervision and evaluation of interns, provide student housing and offer academic seminars and assemblies. Student interns in Washington earn a semester’s academic credit.
Such opportunities can expose students to history in the making. Five Stonehill Political Science majors were on hand to witness President Barack Obama’s second inauguration as part of a directed study with Professor Peter Ubertaccio.
Megan Brennan ’15, Kelly Falkowski ’14, Timothy McLaughlin ’16, Amanda Chasey ’14 and William Pennington ’16 were in Washington to study the first 100 days of the second Obama administration and to meet with elected officials, scholars and media observers.
Placements for students have included Members of Congress, the White House, the National Education Association, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, National Institutes of Health, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, D.C. Department of Health, Arena Stage, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. General Services Administration, U.S. House Committee on Science, among others.