Careers and Alumni
Careers in Political Science
The American Political Science Association (http://www.apsa.org/) reports that a B.A. in Political Science . . .
• Can lead to careers in business, public administration, international affairs, and non-governmental organizations.
• Is valuable in preparation for careers in journalism, politics, and public relations.
• Can help students prepare for professions such as law, education, and public administration.
What can you do with training in Political Science?
Many jobs draw on the skills sharpened with the study of Political Science. Political scientists enter the corporate, non-profit, and government worlds as:
• Directors of research
• Policy analysts
• Foreign service officers
• Campaign staffers
• Intelligence officers
• City managers
Practicing political scientists may be survey researchers, urban planners, community developers, FBI agents, and much more.
How do you qualify?
• You can qualify for many of these jobs immediately with a B.A. in Political Science
• Others require Master's degrees, such as our MA in Social and Public Policy
• Learn more about careers through internet resources
Duquesne Political Science Graduates
Our graduates are employed in many professions. In addition to law, we have graduates who work for the government, in places like the Departments of Homeland Security, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the military. One graduate is a city solicitor; another is a deputy city controller; another is an urban planner. Some work in banking. A number are managers, including a health plan manager and a manager of legal projects for the Department of Defense. Other job titles held by our graduates include equal opportunity specialist, grants associate, director of admissions, legal analyst, personnel director, and researcher for UPMC.
Others work for nonprofits or non-governmental organizations.
Some are teachers at the secondary and college levels.
Plan for Your Future
We encourage you to establish a file in the Career Services Center (http://www.duq.edu/career-services/) soon in your academic career, but no later than the first semester of your senior year. This file would include letters of recommendation that the Center will then forward to prospective employers or graduate schools. Visit the Career Services page for Political Science.
Internships and volunteer experiences can also lead to full time jobs.
American Political Science Association http://www.apsa.org/
U.S. Office of Personnel Management www.usajobs.open.gov
Student Jobs with the Federal Government www.studentjobs.gov
Partnerships for Public Service www.ourpublicservice.org
International City/County Management Association jobs.icma.org
Careers in Public Service www.publicservicecareers.org
Nonprofit Career Network www.nonprofitcareer.com
Nonprofit Jobs www.nonprofitjobs.org
The department has created a LinkedIn group for alumni. Find it on LinkedIn by searching for "Duquesne University Department of Political Science Alumni."
Megan is the Executive Director at the Allegheny County Democratic Committee, where she oversees each of Allegheny County's 130 individual municipal Democratic committees, which consist of over 1600 committee members. She acts as the liaison between the local Democratic Party and the statewide and national Democratic Party as well as between local and statewide political campaigns. Additionally, fundraising, event planning, and strategic communications are core aspects of her position.
Deana Shick is a 2012 alumnus of Duquesne University , and received her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Political Science and International Relations. Deana continued her education at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College, and completed her Master of Science in Information Security Policy and Management (MSISPM) degree in May 2014. She was hired as a Member of the Technical Staff at the Software Engineering Institute's CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC). Deana works on the Threat Analysis team at the CERT/CC where she researches current and emerging cyber security threats.
Jason T. Hunt
Jason T. Hunt is the Government Affairs Manager for the US Mission of the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces (also known as the Syrian Opposition Coalition http://www.etilaf.us). He supports the Coalition's outreach to Congress and the broader US government by building and maintaining relationships with various staff members, keeping them informed of developments in Syria, and tracking legislative developments that might impact Syria policy. He keeps the Coalition informed about American politics and foreign policy to assist the Coalition's efforts to engage with American policy makers. Hunt has been involved in Syria policy since 2012, when he began working for the Syrian American Council. At SAC, Hunt's writing and research supported the efforts of SAC's members to keep the Syrian American community and U.S. policy-makers informed about the revolution inside Syria. He received his Master's degree in International Relations from the University of Chicago, where his studies focused on political violence and civil wars. Hunt graduated from Duquesne University with a BA in Political Science and History from Duquesne University in 2011.
Dana Windisch Chilson
After graduating from Duquesne in 2005, Dana attended the Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law, and earned her juris doctorate in 2008. Dana now lives with her husband (Duquesne alumni David Chilson) in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania area and works for the law firm of McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC. Dana represents commercial and business clients in a wide variety of disputes, including contract challenges and questions regarding shareholder and corporate rights, as well as counsels and represents clients in Eminent Domain and injunction matters.
After leaving Duquesne I held a brief fellowship with the Department of Interior, working in the communications office of Secretary Ken Salazar. I decided to go back to school and am taking up a Masters Degree in International Studies with Concordia University in Shanghai, China. I have been in China just over three months and will be here until September 2013.
Since graduating in 2011, I completed a term as an Americorp VISTA in the Office of Mayor Ravenstahl, serving as his Civic Engagement Associate and managing several of his servePGH volunteer initiatives. The term was from July 2011 through July 2012. You can read more about the initiative here: http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh.
I am now working as the Research and Economic Development Intern at the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership where I am developing and managing the Downtown Resident Survey among other projects. Come this November, I will be one of two managers of the "People's Gas Holiday Market" in Market Square. Info on the market can be found here: http://www.downtownpittsburgh.com/play/market-square/Peoples-gas-holiday-market
Marco Cercone, Partner. Mr. Cercone is a trial attorney who concentrates his practice in first-party insurance coverage, claim investigation, and the litigation of first-party property insurance claims including arson, fraud, material misrepresentation, and property valuation claims. Mr. Cercone also handles subrogation and commercial matters, the defense of housing code violation cases, and the litigation of contested foreclosure cases. Mr. Cercone also has served as appellate counsel in matters involving commercial and first-party property insurance cases. He has lectured to numerous organizations and insurance professionals on various topics including arson claims, bad-faith, appraisal under the standard fire insurance policy, and mortgagee claims. Mr. Cercone has worked closely with municipal and federal authorities to assist in the successful prosecution of arson cases. He also is an adjunct instructor for the Paralegal Studies Program at Daemen College where he teaches Civil Litigation and Advanced Litigation, and he also serves as Secretary of the Queen of Heaven Home School Guild.
Mr. Cercone received his B.A. degree summa cum laude from Duquesne University in 1997. He received his M.P.A. degree from The George Washington University in 1999, and he was awarded his J.D. degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo law school in 2002. Marco resides in West Seneca, NY, with his wife Kari and his two children, Vincent and Marina.
I am currently in my second year of law school at the University of Virginia School of Law. I spent the summer of 2012 as a Summer Associate at MacDonald, Illig, Jones and Britton in Erie, PA where I was part of the firm's Litigation and Business Transactions practice groups. I'll be spending the summer of 2013 as a Summer Associate at Reed Smith, LLP in Pittsburgh, PA.
Kevan M. Yenerall, Ph.D., is professor of political science at Clarion University, where he teaches courses in American politics, public policy, and popular culture. Most recently he is the coauthor of Seeing the Bigger Picture: American and International Politics in Film and Popular Culture, 2nd edition (Peter Lang, 2012), and author of "The Clarion Call, the Muted Trumpet, the Lasting Impact: Bill Clinton and Gay Rights," in Mark White, ed., The Presidency of Bill Clinton (I.B. Tauris, 2012). He has provided political and policy analysis for national and international media outlets, and has consulted on film and politics research at home and abroad. Dr. Yenerall is a faculty liaison for the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, and has served as a faculty leader at their 2004, 2008, and 2012 National Political Convention seminars. Since 2005 he has served as chair of the Popular Culture and Politics section of the Northeastern Political Science Association. In addition to his academic appointments, he has served in civic and political capacities such as county party official, state union representative, state Senate candidate, and intern with the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Dr. Yenerall received his doctorate at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and resides in Pittsburgh with his wife, Nee, and their cat, Max.
Since graduating from Duquesne I have been working for Federated Securities Corporation, the broker-dealer subsidiary of Federated Investors, as a registered representative selling Federated's equity, balanced, and fixed-income funds to financial advisors to be used during portfolio construction and asset allocation models. In my spare time I remain current on economic trends and potential legislative actions that impact clients portfolios by regular consumption of reports, books, and industry whitepapers. My specific interest involves the constant, indivisible confluence of political an economic events and the impact these events have on individuals and businesses. I remain a ardent advocate of the political science department as a path more students should experience. I believe my own understanding of economics and politics can be traced back to the distinguished scholars and unquestionably committed faculty and staff. This understanding is something that sets me apart from my peers and adds value to daily conversations and correspondence I have with peers and clients.
I graduated from the University of Colorado School of Law in 2006 and am currently practicing law in Boulder, CO at a private firm.
George Andrew Pivik
Lieutenant Colonel George Andrew ("G.A.") Pivik, United States Army, is a cavalry officer with extensive operational experience in the Republic of Korea, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Iraq as well as the Continental United States. His strategic assignments include serving with the G3, Headquarters, Department of the Army, the Pentagon, with the Homeland Security Council, the West Wing, the White House, and with the commander, U.S. Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. Colonel Pivik graduated summa cum laude from Duquesne University, with a bachelor of arts degree in the classics, history and political science, earned a master of public administration degree from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, with a concentration in negotiation and strategic communications, and graduated with distinction from the Naval War College with a master of arts degree in national security studies and strategy. He matriculates from the Stern School of Busines, New York University, with an executive master in business administration in December 2013. He was a termed member with the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and a White House Fellow, class 2003-2004. Colonel Pivik resides in Washington, D. C., which he considers home, and visits his family in Pittsburgh regularly. He is an avid reader, news junkie, mentor, and he travels extensively.
David R. Jury
David R. Jury received a B.A., summa cum laude, in Political Science in 1992. He was awarded a Juris Doctor, with honors, from The George Washington University Law School in 1995. After serving as an adjunct professor of law at the Duquesne University School of law in the 1995-1996 academic year, he was hired by the United Steelworkers in the International Union's Legal Department in Pittsburgh, where he continues to practice law.
He holds the position of Associate General Counsel. He has argued in federal courts of appeals throughout the country and regularly appears before federal district courts, federal bankruptcy courts, and the National Labor Relations Board. He has been involved in collective bargaining in many of the union's key sectors. He has primary responsibility for the Steelworkers' practice in corporate bankruptcies and has appeared in bankruptcy cases in the steel, aluminum, mining, paper, glass, chemical, and automotive industries. He regularly addresses groups of union and bankruptcy professionals on labor and retiree issues in corporate bankruptcies and restructurings. He is a member of the AFL-CIO Lawyers' Coordinating Committee and serves as a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11, Labor and Benefits Advisory Committee.
He resides in Pittsburgh with his wife Michele (B '94) and their two sons.
Michael Jarrett is a 2012 alumnus of Duquesne University. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and History, with a Philosophy Minor. He was also the recipient of Duquesne University's Undergraduate Research Symposium Award for Excellence in Sustainability & the Environment. Michael continued his education at The George Washington University's Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, and studied for one semester at The Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany. Michael earned his Maters of Public Policy in May 2014. During his graduate studies, Michael served as a Research Associate at the Congressional Research Service, co-authoring three published reports on House Rules, House Committee Rules, and Senate Committee Rules in the 113th Congress. Currently Michael is working as a Project Associate at The Hoffman Group, a small political consulting firm based in Old Town Alexandria, and works on issues in a variety of policy areas.