Government, State and Federal

Are you considering a job or internship with the government? Explore these online resources to get started. Feel free to drop by our office to meet with an advisor to help plan.

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Careers in the Government

Explore careers in the arts by exploring the links below. This is not an all inclusive list of careers but will help you begin exploring. Found a career you're interested in? Talk to faculty, stop by our office and begin networking to learn more.

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Alumni To Know

One of the best ways to explore careers and find job opportunities is to network with professionals. Below are alumni who have experience in the field and have volunteered to be a resource to you. Not sure how to begin networking? Stop by our office to get started.

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Alexandra Utsey '09

After graduating from Washington & Lee in 2009 with a degree in Politics, Alexandra served as an aide to Ranking Member Senator Richard Lugar on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. After working on the committee for three years, she studied International Relations at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. While at Princeton, Alexandra interned with the State Department at the U.S. Mission to NATO in Brussels, Belgium. Upon graduating with a Masters in Public Affairs in 2014, Alexandra began working at the U.S. Department of Defense as a Presidential Management Fellow.

Emma Dean '03

Following graduation from Washington and Lee in 2003, Emma attended the University of South Carolina School of Law, served as a law clerk for the South Carolina Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, worked in private practice for Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, and now serves as assistant chief counsel for the South Carolina House Judiciary Committee. Emma lives in Columbia, South Carolina with her husband, Gavin (W&L '00), their two sons, Miles and Wills, and three dogs.

Turney Hall '01

Turney Hall graduated from Washington & Lee in 2001 and later received a J.D. from Rutgers University.  He currently works for the New Jersey Office of Administrative Law, a state government agency.  In his free time, he volunteers for the W&L Alumni Admissions Program, hosts Turney's Tourney, a squash doubles tournament, and writes.  His first book, "An Eagle Soars: One Man's Journey to Baldness," was recently published by Post Hill Press. 

Skye Justice '03

Skye graduated from Washington and Lee in 2003 with a degree in Politics.  He is an Officer in the U.S. Foreign Service, having joined the State Department in 2006.  Currently, he is the Economic and Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  His previous assignments include the U.S. Embassies in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Political and Economic Officer and Vice Consul) and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (Political and Economic Officer).  In Washington, he has worked in the Department's Office of Central American Affairs and Bureau of Diplomatic Security.  In summer 2014, he will take up a new assignment as the State Department's Coordinator for Refugee Affairs for North and West Africa, based in Dakar, Senegal.  

Skye is also a 2006 graduate of the George Washington University Law School.  During law school, Skye was a Human Rights Fellow in the office of the prosecutor at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, where he supported the prosecution of accused perpetrators of the 1994 Rwanda genocide.  He also clerked for the Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition, where he advised clients seeking asylum in the United States, and at Huddleston Bolen, LLP, a West Virginia-based law firm.  Skye speaks French, Haitian Creole, Spanish, Italian, and Swahili.    

Erin Nelson '94

Erin participated in the JET Program and lived in Japan for two years after graduating. After that she worked in DC for two years for the Japanese government before getting her Master of Arts in Japanese Literature. Erin worked as an analyst/linguist for the CIA for 5 years before leaving her career to get married. Later she began a career in education, and have been working in development (fundraising) for the past 4 years. Currently, Erin is the Director of Development at Thornton Academy, an independent school in southern Maine.

Damon Sanders-Pratt '91

Damon Sanders-Pratt graduated from Washington and Lee in 1991 with a degree in Economics. After graduation, he went to UNC Chapel Hill where he received a master's degree in Public Administration. From 1992-1995, Damon served as the Planning & Zoning Director in a 2.5 employee department in Bennettsville, South Carolina. After a short stint as town manager of Walkertown, North Carolina, he joined the Forsyth County, North Carolina Local Government Budget & Management Office located in Winston-Salem. 

Damon served as a Budget & Management Analyst for eleven years before being promoted to "Special Assistant to the Manager" and eventually Deputy County Manager.  In his position as Deputy County Manager, Damon is charged with assisting the County Manager in taking elected official directives and turning them into County policy on the ground as well as presenting department initiatives to the elected officials.  Departments with which he works most closely are Animal Control, Parks & Recreation, Emergency Services, Human Resources, and the Public Library System.

Angela Young '08

Angela Young graduated in 2008 with a degree in Politics and concentration in the Shepherd Poverty Program. She moved to Denver, CO to participate in the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) program as a Team Leader for two years. She then worked in client services for a nonprofit aimed at employing veterans with green energy sector jobs. She returned to AmeriCorps NCCC to help run the new FEMA Corps program as a Unit Leader.

Currently, Angela is a Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State. She is in Washington, D.C. learning Arabic until she leaves for her first tour as Public Diplomacy Officer in Jerusalem. 

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