Courtney Hogan

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'15 International Politics | Manager, Grassroots and Public Policy, National Confectioners Association | Washington, D.C.
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Courtney Hogan

Liberal Arts Major: International Politics

Minor: Middle East Studies

Current Location: Washington, D.C.

What enrichment activities did you participate in as a student?

I held congressional internships and campaign internships each summer during college.

What was your first job after graduating from Penn State?

I was a Staff Assistant and Legislative Correspondent for Former Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) in his Washington, D.C. office.

What was your favorite class and who was your favorite faculty member?

My favorite class was the Psychology of Terrorism. It was so interesting to study the psychological characteristics of various extremist groups and find comparisons despite different locations around the globe. My favorite professor was Professor Mia Bloom —she used a lot of real world examples in her classes and exposed us to a lot of different ideas.

How did your liberal arts education and skills prepare you for life after graduation?

Liberal Arts gave me a very well rounded education on a variety of topics and taught me critical thinking that I still use daily. It didn't lock me in to one career path.

What networking advice would you share with current students?

D.C. is a HUGE networking town, and some people hate that about it, but I love it. Networking and involvement in professional groups have given me so many additional learning opportunities to further my professional development and even introduced me to my current boss. You can't be afraid to put yourself out there and ask for information. Coffee opens a lot of doors!

What role have mentors played in your career progression?

I bounce everything off my mentors whether its job offers or ideas/problems at work. Having a group of people you respect and trust as a sounding board is one of the most important tools in your toolkit. You need perspective and honesty.

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