“Through my connections and networks [at Suffolk], I’ve been able to intern with Senator Elizabeth Warren, work with the City of Boston Election Department and poll workers, and explore a future in public office and campaigns through the Summer Institute Campaign Lab,” says Hannagh Jacobsen, a government and history double major in the Class of 2017. “I’m not sure what the future has in store for me, but thanks to my time here, I am ready.”

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“With a double major in government and economics, what better place for me to study than next to the State House?” asks Jonathan McTague, class of 2018. “I walk past the State House every single day and then I walk into class and I’m discussing things with my professor, real life topics that are being discussed in Congress,” he says. “The first internship I had at Suffolk, my first year, was under Governor Charlie Baker, and I was able to really build connections through that office and experience what it was all about… I hope in five years to actually be an elected official here on Beacon Hill.”

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In January, ABC chose Suffolk graduate student Jennifer Wilczynski to serve as a student reporter during a two-week Washington, D.C., academic seminar focused on the presidential inauguration. She was part of a 21-student Suffolk contingent who attended the Washington Center session.

“I thought it would be an interesting opportunity to see the media side of politics,” Wilczynski said. “As students and government majors, we typically only look at policy and we don’t question people who are influencing government.”

Wilczynski finished her undergraduate degree in political science at Suffolk a year ago and is now working toward her master’s in political science, with a concentration in international relations.

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“I was once frightened of politics,” says Maryam Canty, a political science major in the class of 2018. “[But] at Suffolk University, I fell in love with politics, and I met professors and students who are just as enthusiastic about learning as I am… Suffolk instilled in me the knowledge, comprehension, and critical analysis I needed to understand and dissect any political theory or