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Podcast Series: How To Get A Job In DC

May 26, 2021

In this four-part series, HPS Partner Matt McDonald sits down with a number of Beltway veterans to talk about how current college students can prepare for and thrive during their first DC job. Conversations cover both how college students can set themselves up for success in the recruiting process and also how to succeed once hired.

In the first episode of a special HPS Insights series on how recent college graduates can land jobs in DC, HPS Partner Matt McDonald sits down with Sadie Polen, Program Lead at the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School; Lynn Halton, Supervisor of the University of Michigan’s Public Service Intern Program; and Ian Solomon, Dean of the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. Each guest shares advice on what campus resources current college students can tap into to prepare them for a post-grad world.
In the second installment of the new HPS Insight series, “How To Get A Job In DC,” which demystifies the process of getting a first job in D.C., HPS Partner Matt McDonald speaks with Chandlee Bryan, Assistant Director for the Center for Professional Development at Dartmouth College, and Bob Coates, Assistant Director for Co-Curricular Programs for Dartmouth’s Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy, about translating your story into a compelling application. The three discuss pitfalls into which students often fall – conceptualizing their resume as a summary, submitting cover letters that don’t demonstrate familiarity with the company, and more – and the steps students should take to ensure their applications stand out.
In this installment of HPS’ series on landing jobs in DC, HPS Partner Matt McDonald speaks with Tom Manatos, Vice President of Government Relations at Spotify and the mind behind Tom Manatos Jobs, and Mo Elleithee, Executive Director of Georgetown University’s Institute of Politics and Public Service. Tom and Mo break down the all-important topic of networking and explain how young professionals can find their path forward in the murky world of DC careers.
In the final episode of a new HPS Insights special series on recent college graduates getting a job in DC, HPS Partner Matt McDonald sits down with three HPS associates Cole Kline, Matisse Rogers, and Koby Gordon to chat about how to approach the beginning of your career and make the most out of your first job out of college.
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