What advice would you have for someone interested in a career like yours? Are there particular skills you’d recommend acquiring, experiences you’d recommend having, subjects or fields you’d recommend studying, or activities you’d recommend being involved in while at Rutgers? Were there particular experiences at Rutgers that were critical for you? Were there important “first steps” when you left Rutgers that were critical? Again, please feel free to provide as much detail as you’d like.
Some of the best advice I got from professors at Rutgers was to take on some graduate-level courses during my junior and senior years. If you can and have the flexibility to do so, I recommend it. They also urged me to pursue a Masters degree since B.A.’s in Washington are “a dime a dozen.” This is true and for me the extra study and interaction close to Washington was key. But if graduate school is not the best choice for you, I urge you to consider an internship in the area you think you want to work. I had a low-paid but substantive summer internship in Washington that helped make “real” the world of policy and politics. It whetted my appetite and helped cement my desire to pursue this kind of work.