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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Medill looking for in applicants for the Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs specialization?

Are you a political junkie? Is election season your favorite time of the year? Do you want to be a foreign correspondent? Or, are you interested in all kinds of policy topics like education, trade, immigration or others? Washington, D.C. is the epicenter of all of these political, policy and foreign affairs topics and this specialization will put you in the right place to pursue these interests.

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, policy and foreign affairs. All you need to succeed is a commitment to storytelling and the drive to cover complex, multifaceted topics.

What career opportunities will be available when I graduate?

Our alumni have found great success covering politics, policy and foreign affairs 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.