Kayla Dufrene
Government and Communication Studies Major
Internship: U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.)

Watch a video about Kayla’s internship.

A Powerful Combination

If you are interested in government, law or politics, Gallaudet offers you unparalleled opportunities. We combine a central location in the nation’s capital with a long history of advocacy for the rights of deaf and hard of hearing individuals so you can gain firsthand experience in government and public affairs.

Work on communication access policy in an internship. Explore political parties, international relations or civil rights in a class project. Our experienced faculty will help you make full use of the national and international resources in Washington, D.C., and at Gallaudet.

Our graduates have gone directly into careers in government agencies, private business, international agencies and organizations, education, and political campaigns and activism.

Many have gone on to become lawyers, professors and researchers. If you are considering law school, look into our Pre-Law Program, which includes specialized advising and LSAT preparation.

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Keep reading to learn more about the government program and career outcomes.

Courses and Degree Requirements
Apply Your Learning

Gallaudet government majors have interned in the metropolitan D.C. area, as well as nationally and internationally. Internship locations have included private law firms, House and Senate offices on Capitol Hill, the U.S. Department of Justice, “Meet the Press” and the European Union of the Deaf in Brussels, Belgium.

Other exciting opportunities include a mock trial program and travel courses to national political conventions.

Training and Job Outlook

Administrative services managers generally need a bachelor’s degree and some related work experience. Employment is projected to grow 12 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Learn more.

Political scientists need a master’s degree or Ph.D. in political science, public administration or a related field. Employment is projected to grow 21 percent during this same time period, faster than the average for all occupations. Learn more.

To become a lawyer requires a law degree and passing a state’s written bar examination. Employment of lawyers is projected to grow 10 percent, about as fast as average. Learn more.

Learn more about alumni of the Department of Government.