Careers in Political Science & Law

What can you do with a Simpson degree? See jobs held by our successful graduates below, or hear first-hand from Poli Sci or Law alumni & students.


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 Law in 2013 and clerked for the Nebraska Hospital Association. Meghan was offered a job with NHA after graduation, and currently works as a Legal Counsel for the Nebraska Legislature.

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 the Editor of the newspaper and also interned in Washington D.C. for USA Today. After college, she was a public affairs reporter for the Iowa City Press-Citizen and Des Moines Register. Emily recently took as position as Communications Director 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

Tessa Lengeling ’15 took full advantage of Simpson’s prime location for Iowa and national politics. She has worked for the Iowa Democratic Party, a Congressional campaign, and in journalism and communications for Iowa Public Affairs Watch and the Iowa House Democrats. With all that amazing experience, it is no wonder she got a job immediately after graduation as Iowa Press Secretary for NextGen Climate campaign.

  • 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