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Career Options

Career Options in Politics

Erin Phillips, a 2005 Catawba graduate, has worked on Capitol Hill for the U.S. House of Representatives as a Press Aide. She is currently an admissions counselor at her alma mater.

Kevin Leonard, a 1995 Catawba graduate, is Legislative Coordinator for the N.C. Association of County Commissioners in Raleigh, as well as the 2006 President of the N.C. Young Lobbyists Association.

Bill Graham, a 1983 Catawba graduate, is a successful businessman and practicing attorney with Wallace & Graham, PA in Salisbury.

Catawba alumni have a wide range of professional careers with their degrees in politics. Like other majors in a liberal arts curriculum, graduates in politics find themselves armed with the skills needed in the today's working world:

  • critical thinking and analytical capabilities;
  • enhanced oral and written communication skills,
  • experience working with others
  • strong interpersonal skills.

Careers in History & Politics

  • Lawyer (both public and private)
  • Paralegal
  • Litigation Support
  • Legislative Aide
  • Legislative Analyst
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Campaign Analyst
  • Campaign Staffer
  • Policy Researcher
  • Press Relations
  • State Judge
  • Town and City Manager
  • Think Tank Analyst/Researcher
  • Government Agency Professional
  • Intelligence Officer
  • City and County Administration
  • City Planner
  • Non-profit Association Executive
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Marketing Expert
  • Investment Banker
  • Writer and Editor
  • High School Teacher
  • College Professor
  • Journalist
  • Public Affairs Officer
  • Press Aide/Secretary

Current Occupations Held by Our Alumni

Here's just a small sample of current occupations of our politics alumni, as well as graduate schools they have been admitted to/attended:

  • Executive Director, Salisbury-Rowan Economic Development Commission
  • Management Analyst, Office of Asset Enterprise Management, U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs
  • Assistant to the Staff Director, U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business
  • Press Aide for Member, U.S. House of Representatives (formerly a staff member to the Committee on Government Reform, Subcommittee on Management, Finance, and Accountability, U.S. House of Representatives)
  • Business Manager, Duke Energy (and Mayor of Charlotte, N.C.)
  • Senior Government Relations Manager, Womble Carlyle, Raleigh NC and 2006 President of the NC Young Lobbyists Association
  • VISTA-AmeriCorps
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • Republican National Committee staffer
  • Democratic National Committee staffer
  • Deputy Clerk to County Commission
  • Attorney
  • Township manager
  • Planner, City of Concord
  • Rowan County Department of Social Services
  • Physician/Pediatric Resident
  • Historical Interpreter, North Carolina Transportation Museum
  • Naval Intelligence Officer, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Teacher
  • Lieutenant, Sheriff's Office
  • Curator, Wake County (NC) Public Libraries
  • Investment Banker, Wachovia Corporate Services
  • Sports Producer, Cable News Network (CNN)
  • Legal Secretary, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Manager of State Government Affairs, Microsoft Inc.
  • Computer Programmer, Creative Systems Corporation
  • Self-employed writer and researcher
  • Senior Residing Judge, North Carolina Superior Courts
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office
  • Executive Director, Radford United Way
  • Assistand Director, NC League of Municipalities
  • Assistant Public Defender, York County (SC) Public Defender's Office
  • Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)
  • Regional Field Representative, Elizabeth Dole for Senate 2002 Campaign
  • Credit Suisse
  • Director of Business Development, American Technology Services, Inc.

Graduate and Law Schools
We have also had a number of graduates accepted to, and attended, various graduate and law school programs, including:

Graduate Schools

Georgetown University's Ph.D. Program in Government
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Ph.D. Program in Political Science (with full funding)
The University of Georgia's Ph.D. Program in Political Science
Vanderbilt University's Ph.D. Program in Political Science (with full funding)
University of Pittsburgh Master of Arts in History (with full funding through a Foreign Language and Areas Studies Fellowship)
University of Delaware & Winterthur Museum's Master of Art Conservation Program
The University of Georgia's Master of Public Administration Program
UNC-Charlotte's Master of Public Administration Program
Appalachian State University's Master of Arts in American Politics
Virginia Tech's Master of Arts in History
American University's Master of Science in Law, Society & Justice
American University's Master of Public Administration
UNC-Greensboro's Master of Arts in History
University of Montana's Master of Public Administration
Bowling Green State University's Master of Arts in History
University of Pennsylvania's Master of Liberal Arts

Law Schools

Harvard University Law School
UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law
Wake Forest University School of Law
The University of Georgia School of Law
Emory University School of Law
University of Florida Levine College of Law
Catholic University Columbus School of Law
Samford University Cumberland School of Law
Florida State University School of Law
Stetson University School of Law
Drake University School of Law
Campbell University Wiggins School of Law
New England University School of Law
Northeastern University School of Law
Western New England Univ. School of Law
Franklin Pierce School of Law
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (Camden) School of Law
University of Baltimore School of Law
Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
University of Dayton School of Law
Ohio Northern University Pettit School of Law
University of Tulsa School of Law
Duquesne University School of Law
Memphis University Humphreys School of Law
University of Miami (FL) School of Law
Penn State University Dickinson School of Law
Capital University (OH) Law School
Florida Coastal School of Law
The University of Tennessee College of Law
University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law