Lee, Samuel

  Samuel S. Lee
Personal Information
Rutgers University Class: Class of 2001

Home Town/High School:   Woodbridge/Woodbridge High

Major(s)/Minor(s):  Political Science, Econimics (Double Major)

Date of Questionnaire:  June 25, 2009
Career History

Currently, I am in the process of launching an editing company. It’s a social entrepreneurship venture with a non-profit component that provides editing services for small/medium NGOs and college application assistance to inner city students.

Prior to this venture, I served as the director of a non-profit organization that provides humanitarian assistance in North Korea and most recently as an international policy specialist at the US Department of Homeland Security.

In between my stints in the non-profit and public sectors, I attended graduate school and had the privilege of completing a one year joint research project for Harvard and the US Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (a special agency falling under the jurisdiction of both the Department of State and the Department of Defense) on anti-corruption measures.

Career Advice

I would highly encourage students to consider public service as a career option. In addition to the satisfaction of “making a difference,” working in the public sector often gives you the opportunity to take on greater responsibility early on in your career compared to comparable starting positions in the private sector. I’d love to see some more “Block Rs” on cars down in the DC area!

My coursework in Political Science at Rutgers was most helpful for my professional track and provided a solid foundation for pursuing a career in international relations. After Introduction to International Relations, I was hooked and enjoyed the remainder of my coursework.