Careers in Political Science & Law

What can you do with a degree in Political Science, Int’l Relations, or Pre-Law?   Read about the jobs our alumni hold below…

…or meet recent Simpson graduates in our Pre-Law and Poli Sci brochures!

Meghan (Berryman) Chaffee ’10 was a double major in Political Science/Philosophy and an intern for the Iowa Attorney General while at Simpson. Meghan graduated from the University of Nebraska’s College of Law in 2013, and was a law clerk for the Nebraska Hospital Association’s Advocacy and Public Policy team. She has researched and written on health care policy, submitted written testimony for legislative hearings, and met with state senators to advocate NHA positions. Meghan will start a full-time position with the NHA as Staff Attorney and Lobbyist in the fall of 2013.

The Legal Profession

  • Environmental Clerk, law firm
  • Assistant Attorney General, State of Iowa
  • Legal Staff, Child Support Recovery Unit
  • Iowa County Attorneys (Polk, Clarke)
  • General Counsel, Fareway
  • Clerk, 8th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Public Defender, Polk County
  • Anti-Trust Attorney, U.S. Justice Department
  • Attorney, Social Security Administration
  • Counsel/Lobbyist, Nebraska Hospital Assoc.


Politics & Communications

  • Legislative Assistant, Missouri House of Reps
  • Analyst, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
  • Public Affairs Reporter, Des Moines Register
  • Scheduler, U.S. Rep. Renee Elmers (R-NC)
  • Deputy Field Director, Henry for Mayor
  • Legislative Assistant, U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA)
  • Obama 2008 “Get out the Vote” Director
  • Senior Executive, LS2 Political Consulting

    As a double major in Political Science and Journalism at Simpson, Emily Schettler ’10 was Editor of the campus newspaper and interned in Washington D.C. for USA Today and in Iowa for Renewable Energy Group. After college, she was a public affairs reporter for the Iowa City Press-Citizen, and now writes for the Des Moines Register covering breaking investigative and political stories: from two missing girls in Evansdale to recent controversial efforts to expand casinos in central Iowa.

  • Consultant, Victory Enterprises
  • Media/Technology, OhMyGov! Analytics
  • Associate Scheduler, The White House
  • Finance Director, Iowa Democratic Party
  • Office Manager, U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA)
  • Chief of Staff, U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA)



  • Administrator, Florida Dept. of Veterans Affairs
  • Analyst, Iowa Legislative Services Agency
  • Analyst, Kansas Legislative Research Department
  • Legislative Affairs, Transportation Security (TSA)
  • Senior Legislative Analyst, Colorado Legislature


Corporate & Lobbying

  • Legislative Assistant, Capital Edge lobbying
  • Research Analyst, American Bar Association (ABA)
  • President, Iowa Taxpayers Association
  • Government Relations, Cerner (London, UK)
  • Government Relations, Iowa Hospital Association
  • Director of Government Relations, Cyngenta
  • Vice President, Assoc. of General Contractors of Iowa
  • Executive Director, Iowa Renewable Fuels Assoc.
  • CEO, Greater Des Moines Partnership


International & Military

  • Officer, U.S. Secret Service
  • Logistics Officer, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Peace Corps
  • Linguist, U.S. Air Force
  • Foreign Service Officer, U.S. State Department
  • Pilot, U.S. Navy
  • Training Officer, U.S. Army
  • Officer, U.S. Special Operations Command


Education and more!

  • English Teacher (France, Japan…)
  • Global Studies teacher
  • Social Studies teacher
  • Government teacher
  • Education Specialist, The Library of Congress
  • Curator’s Assistant, Monticello