"Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country." John F. Kennedy, former president of the United States.

Lawrence's rigorous liberal arts curriculum prepares you to make a difference in the world and equips you with a skill set that is especially relevant to careers in government, law, and international affairs. Individuals in this career community often understand historical context, exhibit critical thinking, and display passion for service in a range of contexts, including NGOs, government agencies, think tanks, or within the private sector. 

Meet with Ty Collins, the dedicated advisor for the government, law, and international affairs community.

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Already joined the GLI career community? Go to the GLI Resource Portal. You'll also find career-specific resources related to government, law and international affairs, such as law, politics, local, state, and federal government, NGOs, and more!

Career Development Resources 

Don't know how to start looking for an internship or job? Need help writing a resume or cover letter? Check out these useful guides.

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Workshops and Programs

Upcoming events pulled directly from Handshake will appear below.

  • NSA Spring 2023 College Programs Information Session (Wednesday, February 22nd 2023, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EST)

    Tue, 12/13/2022 - 6:47am
    When: Wednesday, February 22nd 2023, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EST Hear directly from NSA employees on the great opportunities the Agency has to offer! This session is students at any level, and will focus on college student programs such as Summer Internships and Cooperative Education Program (Co-op) opportunities! Students from all majors are welcome to attend.
  • Federal Reserve Board Spring 2023 Webinar & Employee Panel #1 (Thursday, February 23rd 2023, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST)

    Thu, 01/19/2023 - 11:56am
    When: Thursday, February 23rd 2023, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST The Federal Reserve, the central bank of the United States, provides the nation with a safe, flexible and stable monetary and financial system. We represent the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, an independent federal agency, based in Washington, DC. Join us at one of our three (3) spring webinars to learn about careers at the Board! During each event, students will learn about the organization then move into one of five breakout rooms to talk with employees working in the following job families: Finance and economic roles, Research Assistant Roles, Technical Roles, Other Professional Roles and Internships. We will be hosting 4 events this fall: • February 23, from 4-6 PM ET • March 21, from 5-7 PM ET • April 5, from 3-5 PM ET Interested students can register at the below link to select their preferred breakout room and receive an email with the Webex link: https://boardofgovernors.gov1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1Ri1BYikevmD9pY.
  • NSA Spring 2023 College Programs Information Session (Wednesday, March 8th 2023, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EST)

    Tue, 12/13/2022 - 6:52am
    When: Wednesday, March 8th 2023, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EST Hear directly from NSA employees on the great opportunities the Agency has to offer! This session is students at any level, and will focus on college student programs such as Summer Internships and Cooperative Education Program (Co-op) opportunities! Students from all majors are welcome to attend.

Internship Spotlight 

Lawrence has existing partnerships with local and national arts organizations, such as: 

Bread for the World logo

Bread for the World equips people to write personal letters and emails, meet with their members of Congress, and to work with others to end hunger. Working through churches, campuses, and other organizations, we engage people in organized advocacy. For the past several years, BftW has offered a Lawrence-Funded Internship for a Lawrence intern.

Explore more internship opportunities with existing partners.

Get Funding for Internships

As a Lawrence student, you're eligible to apply for funding to support summer internships. Funding can help defray transportation costs, living expenses, and more so you can pursue opportunities that will expand your classroom learning and help you acquire important transferrable skills for future success.

Relevant Student Organizations 

Joining a student organization can connect you with peers with similar interests and goals. Get involved, learn, experience, and give back. 

Alumni Connections

Alumni can offer invaluable insights into your fields of interest and provide career advice to help you reach your goals.  

These Lawrence alumni are currently working in communications, journalism, or the written arts:

Connect with them on Viking Connect for an informational interview. (PS. Viking Connect is our new online alumni mentoring platform giving you quick access to connect directly with alumni!)

Not sure where or how to start with an informational interview? We've got your back!

Professional Associations

Professional associations are a great source of field-specific information, career path ideas, and networking contacts. Examples of associations for government, law, and international affairs professionals: