Careers in Political Science & Law

What can you do with a degree in Political Science, Int’l Relations, or Pre-Law?  See jobs of our alumni below, or check out our 2014 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 is currently Staff Attorney and Lobbyist for the NHA.

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 newspaper and interned in Washington D.C. for USA Today. After college, she was a public affairs reporter for the Iowa City Press-Citizen and wrote for the Des Moines Register covering breaking investigative and political stories. Emily is currently the Communications Coordinator for the Iowa Association of Business and Industry.

  • 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!

  • Education Specialist, Library of Congress
  • Curator’s Assistant, Monticello
  • Global Studies teacher
  • Social Studies teacher
  • Government teacher