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Recent political science graduates

Starting Careers

Gabe Bell ('12) works for Mandiant as a software engineer.

David Boeckel ('12) Works as a film editor at the Acton Institute.

Josh Boerman('12) is the costume manager at The Flea Theater in Manhattan.

Meredith Fennema ('12) working as a PR &Marketing Specialist for the Grand Rapids Community Foundation.

Anna Flynn ('12) Working for Menlo Innovations, a software development company in Ann Arbor, MI.

Ashley Post ('12) Works for AmeriCorp VISTA in fund development for Communication Action Team in St. Helen, OR.

Kyle Schutz ('12) does administrative work at Home Repair Services.

Ellen Van Eek ('12) working as an assistant, Asia Region for DAI, a global development company.

Jessica Peters ('12) works as a Youth Treatment Specialist for Wedgewood Christian Services,

Ryan Vander Ploeg ('12) is a financial Control Analyst at J. P. Morgan.

James Wood ('12) working at the Chicago-based legal consulting firm, Boomerang.

Andrew Disselkoen ('13) Health and Benefits Consultant for Aon Risk Solutions

Michael Phua ('13) Working as International Admissions Coordinator at Calvin College

Scott Tipton ('13) Fall 2013 started working as Director of Government Affairs and Business Development at Martin& Tipton, Inc.

Hannah Harper ('14) August 2014 started a career in marketing and outreach for the lobbying group, The American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Ryan Struyk ('14) working for Langer research Associates as a Polling Research Associate (assisting in writing questions for ABC News/Washington Post polls and writing articles and analyzing crosstabs and trends for interesting story angles) in New York, New York.

Kyung Sung (Greg) Kim ('14) working at Calvin College's Center for Social Research

Students at Law School

Peter Speelman ('12) Fall 2013 started New York University Law School.

Sungjin Yoo ('13) Fall 2014 started law school at Washington University School of Law (St. Louis)

Nikki Vander Meulen ('12) Fall 2012 started law school at Georgetown University.

Pursuing Graduate Degrees

Jesse Sun ('12) attends Stanford University's MA program in East Asia Studies.

Eric Doornbos ('13) Fall 2013 started Georgetown Security Studies Program.

Caleb Eom ('13) Fall 2014 starting a MSW at the University of Southern California..

Hannah Hazlett ('14) Fall 2014 starts graduate school for a Masters in teaching elementary language arts.

Zachery Thayer ('14) Fall 2014 attending West Virginia University for a Ph.D. in political science

Jacob Van Geest ('14) January 2015 starts at British Columbia's Masters of Information Systems/Library Science program


Rebecca Hiemstra ('12) working in Olympic National Park in Washington state with Christian Ministries in the National Parks.

Kelly Larsen Organ ('12) January 2013 moved to rural Romania and works for an NGO called New Horizons Foundation. Her role is to assist in the international development and replication of their non formal education/youth and community development programs, which has spread across Romania and is now taking root in places as diverse as Honduras, Armenia, Moldova, the Dominican Republic, and the United States. She is also the office manager there, getting her feet wet with human resources, event planning, and business management.

So Heon Park ('12) on staff at Civilian Fellowship for International Exchange in Seoul, South Korea.

Sonja Ringlever ('12) is an Americorps VISTA member, S. Organ Ed. Service District - Early Childhood Services in Grant City, OR.

James Randall ('13) Program assistant with Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG), a legal consulting NGO

Tanner Remy ('13) works at the YMCA facility, Snow Mountain Ranch, in Grandby, CO.

Daniel Kim ('14) Fall 2014 started working as an Associate of International Services and Services to the Armed Forces (SAF) & the Restoring Family Links (RFL) Social Advocate in the American Red Cross.

HaEun Nam ('14) Starts Fall 2014 for two years as a Communication and Logistics Assistant for World Renew in Nicaragua

Government and Politics

Jenna Vande Kamp ('12) is the Finance and Event Coordinator for the Kent County GOP in Grand Rapids, MI.

Jordan Wood ('12) Works s staff assistant in the office of Congressman Brad Schneider.

Scott Genzink ('13) Field Organizer for the New Jersey Democratic State Committee.

U.S. Armed Services

Reese Casillas ('12) Jan. 2013 started MOS training for the US Marines

Dave Eberle('12) Commissioned as a 2LT in the US Army in July 2012.

Fellowships and Internships

Priscilla Megalaa ('12) interning for one year at EvenStart, a Washington D.C. based organization that works with immigrants and refugees in the D. C. area.

Joshua Potter('13) interning with US Congressman Bill Huizenga in his district office.


Ryan DeVries ('12) Fall 2012 awarded a Fulbright scholarship to teach English in Taiwan.

Dan Hofman ('12) teaching English in Daquing, China through English First

Hannah Whyte ('12) teaching English, high school language arts, in Catacamas, Honduras.

Rosalind Scoular ('14) teaching English in the Japanese school system as part of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program




Ryan Struyk '14, "the broader things I learned at Calvin—willingness to work hard, eagerness to learn, strong critical thinking skills—those things prepared me for [a journalistic] environment an ABC News intern in Washington D.C."Ryan Struyk

James Wood '12 puts to use the communication, analysis and critical thinking skills he learned at Calvin as a legal researcher.
Lerae Kroon '09 takes passion for social justice to Harvard Law School
John Boumgarden '08 Grad starts a new scholarship
Jonathan Hirte '08 Grad in Washington DC
Kristine Tuinstra '08 starts a new position with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Abigail Skeans '08 works for the Institute for Global Engagement
Michael Wright '01 joins other alum in establishing the Bays-Herzberg Scholarship