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how to become a politician?

Mike99Mike99 Posts: 307Registered User Member
edited December 2008 in College Search & Selection
what schools? (reaches,matches,safeties)

what major? politicial science? other

what to work for after graduation?

how to rise up in politics?

where to start after college?
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  • Mike99Mike99 Posts: 307Registered User Member
    bumperoo !! hehe
  • pirt8528pirt8528 Posts: 358. Member
    what a loaded question. georgetown is the center of the political universe as far as colleges go. its location in DC allows a large percentage of students to intern with legislators and other federal employers. its school of foreign service is a great place to "start." the ivy league also offers a great place to 'start.' HYP have unrivaled alum bases, many of whom are in politics; doors are immediately opened if you are ambitious, personable, and graduate with an ivy degree in poli sci, IR, economics, etc. W&L is also known to turn out a high number of politicians/judges (per capita) b/c of its Williams School of Commerce, politics, as well as its close proximity to the Capital, and powerful alum base. if you want a LAC and plan to go into politics, i see no better option than W&L. however, your best bet lies with the ivy's, georgetown if you want a large research institution.
  • Mike99Mike99 Posts: 307Registered User Member
    if I cannot get into these schools, would a lesser DC school like Catholic University of America do?
  • pirt8528pirt8528 Posts: 358. Member
    yes, catholic and american, becuase of their location would give you a slight advantage if the others arent options.
  • Dima343Dima343 Posts: 2,211Registered User Senior Member
    George Washington probably makes more sense than Catholic. But college is what you make of it. Catholic can help you more than Harvard if you're active and take advantage of being in DC to intern like crazy and get really involved in politics.
  • Mike99Mike99 Posts: 307Registered User Member
    It's not that I'd prefer GW or American to Catholic, its just that I want to be able to get into some school.
  • ericatbucknellericatbucknell Posts: 748Registered User Member
    getting into politics and becoming a politician are two very different things.

    if your goal is to get into politics, the above suggestions are fantastic. but id stay as far away from dc as possible if the goal is to BECOME a politician. a case study to illustrate my point:

    one of my best friends is currently attending the honors college at his states flagship university. in addition, he serves as an elected member of his home districts school board and is quite active within local republican politics. EVERYBODY whos anybody at the local level knows him, so much so that the republican us senator running for reelection this year just made him his campaigns campus liaison. my friend didnt even ask for the position.

    another of of my friends is studies international relations at george washington university. she served as a page one summer several years ago and has gotten several decent internships in washington. shes not involved in any way with local politics because shes in dc year-round.

    both are set to graduate next spring.


    the point of this is that, yes, it is all about networking. but going to a big college in the city isnt networking with the right people if you want to become a politician. befriending the locals, getting your name out in your home county, is whats going to get you in line when that state rep office opens up. having a big, shiny degree isnt.

    of course, there are some communities in this country that value elite educations more than others. in these communities getting an 'elite' education is not a bad thing. but in most of america, staying local and getting involved at that level is going to help a whole lot more.
  • faithisrealfaithisreal Posts: 2Registered User New Member
    What actions do you recommend for teens currently in High School. (sophmores?)
  • InvertedCommasInvertedCommas Posts: 203Registered User Junior Member
    - Stay familiar with current events
    - Intern for a politician (try the state level if you can't find anything at a national level)
    - Work on a campaign (or two) if it's election season
    - Get involved with school activities such as Leadership, Junior State of America, Model U.N., debate, etc.
    - Look into the Senate page program and the United States Senate Youth Program. If you can get them, they look great.
  • Groenveld9Groenveld9 Posts: 1,495Registered User Senior Member
    GTown, HYP, GWU and American are all great Undergrad IR schools.. but are there schools in the south or midwest that also have good IR programs ? Except Macalester
  • HindooHindoo Posts: 5,849Registered User Senior Member
    Location, location, location. If you're interested in the national political scene, you can't do much better than some of the above-mentioned D. C.-area schools. The internship opportunities there must be wonderful.
  • bluebayoubluebayou Posts: 21,457Registered User Senior Member
    in a lot of cases, you are better off going to your state Uni which helps you build in-state contacts. It also makes you appear like a regular guy/gal.
  • kev07wankev07wan Posts: 700Registered User Member
    I agree with ericatbucknell. If you want to become a POLITICIAN, as you you want to run for public office someday (assuming something big, ie, congress, Senate), it's actually probably a good idea to steer away from Washington. Most elected officials like to try to come across as Washington-outsiders, they have more appeal that way. Being more familiar with a local voting block, rather than the subculture of Washington D.C. will be much more advantageous towards your political profile.

    However, if you want to get into politics as in work with Congressmen/lobby/assist/write/journalism, Washington's a good place for you. Only there can you build the connnections for top jobs.
  • momfrommemomfromme Posts: 2,539Registered User Senior Member
    Let me make a suggestion -- Go to the House and Senate web sites - house.gov senate.gov -- and look up some of the members of the House and Senate. They often say on their bios where they went to college and what they did before coming to Congress.
  • hvccgolfhvccgolf Posts: 179Registered User Junior Member
    Almost all politics is about money and how money flows, is apportioned, etc. - through the government and between the gov and private sector.

    I think all politicians should be financially sophisticated. (Heaven knows that is not the case). I suggest majoring in Econ/Finance with a Polit Sci minor, or similar. Go to work in the real world (non-governent) perhaps in healthcare, communications, or some other industry with heavy regulatory oversight. AN international focus would help. See the way government interacts witih the private sector.

    That will give you insights into real issues of government and what does, and does not, work.
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