Political Science

From Capitol Hill to the Colorado Mountains, Laurel Teal experiences public service and policy

Hastings College senior Laurel Teal was sitting in her Aurora, Colorado office on the phone with a very scared and alone college student stranded in Eastern Europe. The student had flown to Bulgaria for an internship with the U.S. Department of State, but hadn’t waited for his security clearance to go through. “The State Department couldn’t hire him, he couldn’t receive his stipend and he was essentially trapped in Bulgaria,” said Teal. “I could hear him tearing up over the phone, telling me how he goes to a small liberal arts college and isn’t even 21 yet, and how he shouldn’t have to deal ...Read more

Emily Johnson exploring hunger issues as Emerson Fellow

Most people view food as something to be eaten. Most people fail to see the justice issues that stem from the food system. Access to food is a complex. People like Emily Johnson, 2014 Hastings College graduate, are driven by these issues, and making change within the food production, distribution and consumption system. This drive has led her to accept a fellowship position with the Emerson National Hunger Fellows program. Emily first heard about the fellowship from a supervisor at her summer internship with Nebraska Appleseed. Although she was not get accepted the first time she applied, she ...Read more

Campaigning Young

Nick Musgrave, a junior from Parkersburg, West Virginia, double majoring in history and political science spent last fall on the campaign trail with Chuck Hassebrook, 2014 Nebraska Democratic candidate for Governor, as the Regional Field Director. Musgrave developed an interest in politics at an early age from his father who also studied political science at Hastings College. “I grew up having political discussions with friends and family, and it just never went away.” An internship in January 2014 was Musgrave’s first experience working on a campaign. He was trying to gain firsthand ...Read more