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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Medill looking for in applicants for the Politics and National Security specialization?

Are you a political junkie? Is election season your favorite time of the year? Do you gobble up news coverage of national security? If so, this is the specialization for you.

What if I have no background in politics?

Our students come from a variety of backgrounds and interests. From Chicago to Washington to international locations, Medill has committed extensive resources to students interested in covering politics and national security. All you need to succeed is a commitment to storytelling and the drive to cover this complex, multifaceted topic.

What career opportunities will be available when I graduate?

Our alumni have found great success covering politics and national security for top-tier global publications, niche outlets and digital native organizations. You’ll get the skills and opportunities you need to launch your career, whether it’s in journalism or a related communications field that values journalistic skills, such as writing, storytelling, interviewing and production. Medill’s vast alumni network is second to none, opening doors for you at hundreds of organizations across the globe.